Women & Their Work believes contemporary art education is a valuable resource that should be made accessible to audiences of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. To aid interpretation of exhibitions featured in the galleries, the artwork is accompanied by critical essays written by art and culture professionals, video interviews with each artist speaking to the themes and methods behind her work, and public art education programs designed to complement each exhibition.
Since 1978, Women & Their Work has actively developed the careers of more than 1,900 artists, presenting hundreds of visual art exhibitions, music, dance and theater events, spoken word performances, literary readings, film festivals, and educational workshops.
For each exhibition, we celebrate the opening with a reception. Exhibiting artists are in attendance and give a short talk about their work. These receptions are free and open to the public.
TalkAbout is a program that facilitates conversations with artists and the people who inspire them. TalkAbout is held in conjunction with the exhibition on view in the gallery. This program is free and open to the public.
Women & Their Work collaborates on programming with many arts organizations in Austin, including Fusebox Festival, Big Medium, Austin Museum Partnership, and The Bullock Texas State History Museum.
Women & Their Work and Fusebox Festival co-present contemporary art performances during the annual spring festival. Recent performances have included: Abby Z & The New Utility: Abandoned Playground (2018); Wura-Natasha Ogunji: House of Wahala (2017); Okwui Okpokwasili: Bronx Gothic (2016); Michelle Ellsworth:Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome (2015); Miwa Matreyek: This World Made Itself (2014).
West Austin Studio Tour (WEST) is a free, annual, self-guided art event spanning two weekends in May. WEST provides opportunities for the public to meet the artists and artisans of Austin in their creative spaces.
Austin Museum Day is a free, annual, city-wide celebration of Austin museums and galleries. The event is held on the 3rd Sunday in September.
Femme Film Fridays is presented in partnership with Women & Their Work. Held quarterly, these films highlight the work of women filmmakers.