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:

Abril de 28 2020

“Women to Watch” 2020 Program:
The Transformation of Paper into Complex Works of Art

“Women to Watch” (WTW) is a biannual program organized by our home office in Washington D.C.  An initiative that emerged in 2008, it strives to visibilize women artists by selecting a work by each of the organization´s 24 national and international committees. This year’s international exhibit, “Paper Routes”, will be launched October 7 in the United States.

Each edition of WTW centers on a specific medium or theme, chosen by the home office curatorial staff.  For 2020, the curators chose paper as the primary medium with which artists created complex works of art.

MAVI (Museum of Visual Arts) director and curator María Irene Alcalde was designated by Washington D.C. to curate the selection of artwork by Chilean artists to be presented to the program’s team of experts in the United States. The curatorial team chose “Cornisa Palacio Vergara” (Vergara Palace Cornice) by the Chilean artist Paola Podestá, to represent our country in “Paper Routes.”

The Local Experience

NMWA Chile not only participates in the program’s international version; since 2018 it has developed a challenging local version of the “Women to Watch” project. This year’s exhibit, titled “Acid-Free”,  will be held thanks to collaboration with the MAVI Museum. The show will bring together the works of 11 Chilean women artists who represent different generations: Julen Birke, Amelia Campino, Teresa Gazitúa, Carolina Illanes, Ximena Izquierdo, Carolina Larrea, Pilar Mackenna, Rosario Perriello, Pilar Quinteros, Patricia Vogel and Paola Podestá.

Each of these artists employed different perspectives and techniques to create from paper. However, as the curator María Irene Alcalde explains, the unifying element of the exhibit is the concept that paper is a material “democratic, vulnerable, versatile, elegant, contemporary, flexible, non-substantial, fragile, and light material […] that enables the materialization of heterogeneous and powerful projects”.

The “Acid-Free” project is supported by the Mustakis Foundation, the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, and the Tax Exemption Bill. Collaboration from Scotiabank, Cimagen y Julius Bär has also been important to make the exhibit possible.

Acid-Free Gallery photos  




Special thanks


    • Andrea Cuomo
    • Andrés Rodríguez Perez
    • Carlos Moran
    • 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 Música II”
    • Jurado Final “Cartas de Mujer”
    • Jurado Preselección “Cartas de Mujer”
    • Kingston Family Vineyards, Casablanca Valley
    • María José Viera Gallo
    • Mario Agliati
    • Mica Kaufmann
    • Michelle Landa
    • Nieves Edwards
    • Roberto Sepúlveda
    • Rodrigo Espinosa
    • Teatro Corpartes 660
    • Teruca Martinez
    • Ximena Sahli
    • Viñamar y Castillo de Molina
    • Viña Veramonte