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About our WAOW family and our mission...

ART BY WOMEN has long been neglected in the art world. WAOW is the oldest juried women's art group in the United States and has been working to change the omission of women in the arts to a wide-spread celebration of their unique offerings. WAOW strives to develop a spirit of unity among members while encouraging technical and professional excellence. New members are juried by application and chosen by the quality of work regardless of  the applicant's ethnicity, color or creed. Applicants need  expertise in their chosen field and the all-important spark of creativity. We promote, support, encourage and educate our members and try to foster a sense of belonging that is more than simply being a number. We are a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization.


Who exhibits work by Women Artists of the West?  Perhaps YOUR facility!  We are always searching for venues - whether galleries, art centers or museums - who wish to promote art by women. An exhibition usually consists of between 125-150 juried works, including paintings and sculpture. If hosting a WAOW show and sale interests you, please contact us. We'd be delighted to hear from you and answer any questions. Contact WAOW


Women Artists of the West

WAOW membership includes approximately 300+ professional women artists living in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Many members share their expertise through workshops and books and - for the members’ proprietary benefit - an online forum exists to share art tips and participate in extended discussions. We offer an education program and a scholarship program. Art enthusiasts who donate to these programs are appreciated.



What holds our WAOW family together?

The common thread of WAOW artists is the passion for their work and the desire to express the joy and beauty of the world around them. During the organization’s existence, WAOW members have collectively made their mark on the art world while supporting and promoting each other in a spirit of unity. They have done this as a team of professionals, with plans to continue the journey together.

Interested in membership? See How to Apply

Press release:
About WAOW and the Woolaroc Museum

1925 Woolaroc Ranch Rd,  Bartlesville, OK 74003


WAOW is delighted to have formed a partnership with Woolaroc Museum (Bartlesville, Oklahoma), that will allow juried or invited artists to be part of a biannual art event.  We are proud to announce the official contract signing for the inaugural Woolaroc/Women Artist of the West Invitational Exhibition in May 2024.

WAOWs will also participate in an annual Plein Air event each year. 


It's like finding a home - one that is appreciative of and is interested in supporting art by women.

Thank you, Woolaroc and staff!  Below, an article by the museum...

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WAOW then and now...

Check out the fun facts of WAOW at its inception



Would you like to honor someone special? The WAOW scholarship fund accepts donations in honor of past members, art lovers, family and friends. A deceased WAOW will be listed on the website. A donation in honor of others allows WAOW to continue supporting women artists.

Some of the cherished members we have lost are listed below. They are in our thoughts and hearts.


Ally Benbrook
Fay Bohlayer

Nana Carillo
Jane Coulombe

Nancy Crookston

Betty Gates
Molly Kohlschreiber
Margot Lennartz
Ann Templeton
Suzanne Ferguson
Sarah Elliott
Sherryl Paula Evans
Michelle Gladish
Lynn Thomas
Lidabelle Wylie
Irish McCalla

Carol Theroux
Mary Thompson
Lois Montoya Rumohr
Marilyn Heed
Mabel Palmer

Linda Walker

Linda Wacaster


Checks may be sent to our bookkeeper, Don Pedersen at the following address:

Don Pedersen
17648 Palm Fan Lane
Riverside, CA 92503-7044

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