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A Museum of Their Own: National Museum of Women in the Arts
Over the centuries, until quite recently, the work of great women artists had been ignored, forgotten, or denied; they had been largely left out of museums and histories of art. Along came Wilhelmina Cole Holliday, who boldly decided it was time to rectify this oversight by founding a museum in 1987 in a landmark building near the White House. A critic for the Washington P ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 18th 2008 by Abbeville Press
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During the summer of 1999, between my junior and senior years in college, I went to Washington, D.C. to intern in The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA). At the time, the founder and director of the board of the museum, Wilhemina Holladay, was in between assistants, so I spent the summer as her right-hand woman – answering her phones, working on correspondence, making travel and social arrangements, and assisting her with a substantial endowment drive in which NMWA was immersed.
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I liked this book very much. I didn't even realize this museum existed and only found this book when I did a search for women artists. It was interesting to learn how Wilhelmina Cole Holliday used her contacts to raise tremendous amounts of money for NMWA. In the final chapter of the book, Wilhelmina talks about her changing view of being a feminist. She didn't think she was a feminist because she didn't feel oppressed during her life. Her view changed as she realized how many woman artists have ...more
Triumph over circumstance story about women and art (and the woman who made it all happen). Read how through sheer determination, vision, and collaboration Wilhelmina Cole Holladay became the founding president for the National Museum of Women in Arts. The woman is a warrior. Damn.