Maria Sibylla Merian, Plate 1 from Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam, 1719; Hand-colored engraving on paper; Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay.

The Chile committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts implements a series of initiatives aimed at visibilizing and strengthening the work of Chilean women artists in multiple disciplines; in addition, it works to support the actions conducted by the NMWA in Washington DC. These are our main projects:

Marzo de 19 2020


Organized by the Chile Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA-CHILE), jointly with the Museum of Visual Arts MAVI, in the context of the Paper Routes—Women to Watch 2020 exhibition, “Acid-Free” brings together acclaimed women artists whose work centers on the characteristics and possibilities of paper. An initiative of the NMWA in Washington DC, the project visibilizes the work of different artists through an international exhibition program in collaboration with its national and international committees. The work Cornisa del Palacio Vergara (Vergara Palace Cornice) of the artist Paola Podestá was chosen by the museum’s curatorial commission to participate in the program’s international version.

This second version of WOMEN TO WATCH-CHILE – Exhibit Program of Women Artists of the NMWA-CHILE, unites prestigious visual artists such as Julen Birke, Amelia Campino, Teresa Gazitúa, Carolina Illanes, Ximena Izquierdo, Carolina Larrea, Pilar Mackenna, Rosario Perriello, Paola Podestá, Pilar Quinteros and Patricia Vogel.

Among the far-ranging qualities of the material selected, the experimental, ephimeral, fleeting and vulnerable characteristics of this art are fundamental. It is important to note that works produced in this medium are difficult to find and maintain because they are prone to cracking, tearing, and their color fades easily.

The selection proposed by curator María Irene Alcalde features artists of different generations who employ paper in their creations. Some produce paper themselves, while others recycle and reuse paper, resulting in significant and powerful works of art, that tension the material fragility.

Women to Watch is sponsored by the Mustakis Foundation and the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage through its Other Collaborating Institutions Program. Collaborators: Scotiabank, Cimagen (communications company) and Julius Bär.

Image: Detail from “Cornisa del Palacio Vergara” by Paola Podestá. 2009.  Pins, watercolor, anti UV paint, UV, fomecore. 3,6 x 2,1 m | Photograph  by @calipsophotography



Special thanks


    • Andrea Cuomo
    • Andrés Rodríguez Perez
    • Cecilia Echeñique
    • Comité Calificador de Donaciones Culturales
    • Embajada de Chile en Estados Unidos
    • Estela F. Garafulich Adult Literacy Programe
    • Francisca Florenzano
    • Javier Mendicute
    • Javiera Parada
    • Jurado Concurso de Canto 2014-15
    • Jurado Concurso “Mujeres en la Musica II”
    • Jurado Final “Cartas de Mujer”
    • Jurado Preseleccion “Cartas de Mujer”
    • Kingston Family Vineyards, Casablanca Valley
    • María José Viera Gallo
    • Mario Agliati
    • Michelle Landa
    • Nieves Edwards
    • Roberto Sepúlveda
    • Rodrigo Espinosa
    • Teatro Corpartes 660
    • Ximena Sahli
    • Viñamar y Castillo de Molina
    • Viña Veramonte