The Alper Initiative for Washington Art promotes an understanding and appreciation of the art and artists of the Washington Metropolitan Area. We provide and staff a dedicated space located within the American University Museum, to present exhibitions, programs, and resources for the study and encouragement of our creative community.

Washington Women's Art Center (1975-1987)


In the summer of 2018, the Alper Initiative for Washington Art at the American University Museum will have two juried exhibits that will honor the Washington Women’s Arts Center, a feminist arts organization in the Washington metropolitan area in the 1970s -1980s. The juror for both exhibitions will be Francoise Yohalem.

We are soliciting images of work available for the exhibitions from former members and exhibitors of the WWAC.  At this time, it is anticipated that there will be two contiguous exhibitions:

1. Work exhibited in the Alper Initiative for Washington Art space will have been made between 1975 and 1985 to provide a historic context for the WWAC. It will be accompanied by a catalogue.

2.  The second exhibition will feature current work by artists who were former members and exhibitors of the WWAC between 1975 - 1985.

We encourage you to submit images of work made between 1975 and 1985 and images of current work if you have both. However, you are welcome to submit one or the other.

Please include the following materials with your submission: a copy of your bio, a short artist statement expressing your relationship to the WWAC, up to 10 images (300dpi) of your work, and an image checklist with the Title, Date, Dimensions, and Medium for each piece.  The deadline for submissions is November 6, 2017

To ensure that you receive forthcoming information, we suggest that you join the Alper Initiative email list and refer to the Memories of the Washington Women's Arts Center Facebook page. Also, we ask that you share this information with collectors or the families of deceased members who might wish to submit qualifying work on behalf of those former members.

If you have questions, contact Judith Benderson, former WWAC board member and Managing Director (1983-1985) at, or the Alper Initiative

The Alper Initiative for Washington Art Submission Guidelines: 

The Alper Initiative for Washington Art features five exhibitions per year in the newly constructed first floor space in the American University Museum. We accept submissions, on a rolling bases,  from Washington artists of all ages, mediums, & backgrounds. The museum Director and Curator, Jack Rasmussen, will select curators who will review these submissions for potential use in Alper Initiative exhibitions.

To be considered, please submit the following. 

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Artist Bio
  • CV
  • General Artist Statement 
  • 5-10 images of your work 
  • Image index (Title, Date, Medium, Dimensions)

The file name for each piece uploaded should be indicated as follows: 

  • Artist Name_Title

All submissions must be made online and by Washington DC area artists. Submissions made through any other platform, not the supplied online submission form, will not be accepted or viewed.  

Submissions will be made available to curators of Alper Initiative exhibitions, but are not guaranteed to be exhibited. If chosen for exhibition the artist will be contacted by Alper Initiative for Washington Art with further information. 

Questions or Concerns:

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