Women & Their Work Celebrates 40 Years

Austin visual and performing art organization remains a  staple of a community and an art market in flux

Women &Their Work (W&TW) is celebrating 40 years of service in the Austin arts community. The nonprofit organization will mark this milestone with exhibitions, performances, and special programming, culminating with a benefit on April 14, 2018. For nearly four decades, W&TW has consistently stayed at the forefront of the arts movement. It remains a vital institution in a city increasingly defined by change.

“Anonymity and invisibility have historically been the chief obstacles women artists face,” said Executive Director Chris Cowden. “Over the last 40 years, Women & Their Work has provided a significant opportunity for them to be seen and for the work to speak for itself.”

A vanguard in contemporary art in Texas, W&TW was founded in 1978, when Austin had a single art museum and women artists remained largely unseen and undervalued. The organization presents the work of women visual and performing artists in diverse exhibitions, performances, programming and education initiatives for audiences of all ages. Women & Their work also equips artists with financial and technical support.

In recognition of the quality of their work, W&TW has received many national honors. It was the first organization in Texas to receive a grant in visual art from the National Endowment for the Arts and has additionally received support from the prestigious Warhol, Rauschenberg and Ford Foundations. The nonprofit has actively developed the careers of more than 1,900 artists in 310 visual art exhibitions, 124 dance, theater, and music performances, 15 film festivals, 28 literary performances, 115 publications, and 620 educational workshops.

Women & Their Work will be toasting this 40-year milestone at their annual spring tour-de-force fundraiser. During this year’s event, themed “I am Art,” partygoers will spend an evening as an artist and a muse, an enchanter and enchanted.

The 2016 Benefit Bash, Rose is a Rose is a Rose, was a Dada-inspired fete. Guests at the 2017 benefit, The Bosch Bash, reveled in fantastical creatures and hedonistic tendencies. Each event has raised more than $60,000. This year’s benefit will, once again, extol the art-filled life, and be a magical reflection of hard-earned change. I am Art will offer a multi-media experience featuring performance, human paintbrushes, self-portrait stations, an art auction, live music and more. Suggested attire for the evening is enchantment, drawing inspiration from mirrors and metallic.

I am Art will take place at a private residence in central Austin on April 14, 2018. VIP reception from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The party is open to all ticket holders from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets start at $200, and are on sale at womenandtheirwork.org.

For more information, visit womenandtheirwork.org.