We are a fully volunteer run 501c3 nonprofit membership organization with approximately 300 members.
AAWA offers the following opportunities:
- Exhibiting your art in non-juried venues, curated exhibits, and juried exhibits
- Education - classes, workshops, open studio sessions, special interest groups, and a free monthly speaker series on a range of art topics
- Membership engagement and social events
- Teaching, mentoring, networking
- Professional development
- Community engagement
- Volunteer opportunities
- Studio and classroom rentals
Our mission is the stimulation of creative work and helpfulness among members, thereby constantly raising the quality of work and appreciation of the arts by the public.
AAWA was founded as a small association and study group called Ann Arbor Women Painters in 1951 by Sarah Bull, Elsie Bailey and Doris Porter Mclean. In 1992 the association incorporated to become a 501c3 non-profit organization. In 2002 the name was changed to Ann Arbor Women Artists to more accurately portray its members – artists working in a wide range of media. By 2008, the Ann Arbor Women Artists began accepting men as members.Today, this non-profit organization, is open to all who are 18 years-old and up with an interest in the arts – professional artists, beginning artists, to those who appreciate and support the arts. We have approximately 300 members from Washtenaw, Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, Wayne and other counties in Michigan.
Personal honesty, integrity and respect in our work as a board, membership, and community members
Diversity, equity, and inclusion in leadership, membership, and community engagement
Passion for teaching, learning, creativity, innovation, and sharing
Collaborative community approach connecting members and collaborating with our surrounding communities
Ann Arbor Women Artists
4844 Jackson Road, Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48103