About Connecticut Women Artists

Connecticut Women Artists, Inc. (CWA) is one of the country's oldest women's art organizations which had its beginnings in 1929. We are a not-for-profit corporation providing a forum for women's artwork, and we emphasize the importance of art in our society today. CWA is a statewide group of vibrant, highly accomplished, professional artists working in various media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, assemblage, photography, clay, metal, fiber, and textiles.

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.


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. 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. Celebrating the role of Connecticut Women Artists in history, the Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library has officially accepted the archival records of CWA into their possession. The collection will be cataloged and available through the Waterman Research Center and CHS’s website.

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.