Women & Their Work's History
Founded in 1978, Women & Their Work has actively developed the careers of more than 1800 artists, presenting hundreds of visual art exhibitions, music, dance and theater events, literary readings, film festivals and educational workshops.
As a nationally recognized gallery, W&TW was the first organization in Texas to receive a grant in visual art from the National Endowment for the Arts and was asked to participate in the prestigious Warhol Initiative in 2001. W&TW has been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, as well as in Art in America and ArtForum.
In addition to its innovative exhibitions and performances, W&TW actively works within the community, educating audiences of all ages about contemporary art. Since 1986, W&TW has developed a comprehensive education program that reaches children in underserved Austin schools. W&TW’s arts education program comprises gallery tours and talks with exhibiting artists, hands-on workshops for Austin Independent School District students, in-school performances, classroom projects and teacher workshops.
Since 1997, Women & Their Work has been committed to expanding the discourse about contemporary art. For each exhibition, a writer commissioned by W&TW examines the work on exhibit and writes a critical essay, which is then published in a 4-color brochure. These documents are invaluable for the artists and the community.
In addition, W&TW has served as a fiscal agent for more than two hundred artists to allow them to obtain financial support for their projects.