100 Years of Women Painters West

“A Century of California Women Artists” is an exhibit that commemorates the heritage, challenges, and accomplishments of women artist members of Women Painters West for the last 100 years.  Looking back since 1921, many early members have achieved great success and acclaim both nationally and internationally, including Mabel Alvarez, Kathryn Woodman Leighton, and Elsie Palmer Payne.  Today, Women Painters West, a diverse multi-generational group of 200 women artists, is a non-profit organization that has educational, benevolent, fraternal, and charitable objectives.  It awards scholarships to art students in Southern California, assists community art programs, and enriches and enhances members’ professional opportunities.

The 100-year celebration will be held from November 13, 2021, through January 8, 2022, at the Brand Library and Art Center in Glendale, California, one of the most stunning exhibition spaces in southern California.   One hundred members have chosen artists of the past as inspiration. In addition, the exhibition will showcase 25 original paintings of Women Painter West’s past members, on loan, from Southern California museums and private collections.  Many of these paintings will be on display for the first time.

A valuable addition to a possible future exhibition would be showcasing Women Painters West is the oldest women’s artist organization of its kind and one which recognizes contemporary women artists, as well as, their historical members.

You are invited to contact Diane Karpel, Vice President in charge of exhibitions (818) 388-7770, or email [email protected] for additional information.

Video interviews of exhibition visitors – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWPLSFogKMc&t=1s




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