athleen O'Brien of Harrodsburg has been accepted for membership in the National Association of Women Artists.
N.A.W.A., based in New York City, is a source of culture and education through its active exhibition schedule throughout the country, its permanent collection at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Aft Museum, Rutgers University, and the ever-expanding educational opportunities available to its members and the general public. Most N.A.W.A. members are listed in Who's Who in American Art and are represented in museums, corporate collections and traveling exhibitions. throughout the United States and abroad.
A not-for-profit, non-political, member-supported organization of women in the fine arts, N.A.W.A. was founded in 1889 by five innovative women who were seeking exhibition opportunities for gifted artists who had been denied participation in the prominently male-dominated art institutions of the time. By 1930, membership had swelled beyond 1,000.
Early annual exhibitions included the notable Rosa Bonheur, Mary Cassatt, Suzanne Valadon and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. As the organization grew, Louise Nevelson, Judy Chicago, Janet Fish, Miriam Schapiro, Marisol, Audrey Flack and many additional illustrious artists have been added to its membership.