About Connecticut Women Artists

Connecticut Women Artists, Inc. (CWA), a not-for-profit corporation, provides a forum for women's artwork and emphasizes the importance of art in our society today. CWA is a statewide group of highly accomplished artists working in various media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, assemblage, photography, clay, metal, fiber, and textiles.

Since the organization's beginning in 1929, opportunities for women in the arts have vastly improved. However, there is still a need for our presence to provide exhibition opportunities for women artists in the state of Connecticut. Each year, CWA presents the National Open Juried Exhibition, the Members' Juried Show, and the Council Members' Show at well-known and respected galleries and museums throughout the state.The CWA Council chooses jurors from among the most talented and significant women in visual arts. The artists, educators, and curators who have worked with us are all outstanding women in their areas and have made significant contributions to the art world.


In celebration of its 92nd year since its founding, CWA presented an invitational exhibition highlighting works of former and current Officers and Council members. The University of Saint Joseph's Art Museum in West Hartford presented CWA's founders' works from the early 20th century in a highly significant exhibition in the summer of 2021.

The Connecticut Historical Society has recognized the significance of CWA's history and its role in promoting women artists since the early 20th century. CWA is a long-standing Award Patron of the annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards and supports the outstanding artistic achievement of our youth in Connecticut.
Women artists can become members one of two ways; after being accepted into two CWA Annual National Open Juried Exhibitions or through the annual portfolio review application process held in the late summer.