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:

March 23 - May 27, 2018

Women to Watch II (Metalmorphosis Exhibition)

Metalmorphosis presents works by twelve Chilean women artists which revolve around metal and its transformations. This visual arts exhibition –organized by the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Chile Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts– is a prelude to Heavy Metal, Women to Watch, a project brought forward by the National Museum of Women in the Arts based in Washington DC (US).

The curator of the National Museum of Fine Arts, Gloria Cortes Aliaga, was responsible for pre-selecting the Chilean artists for the exhibit that is being presented with the support of the Mustakis Foundation and the “Cultural Donations Tax Law,” as well as with the collaboration of DIRAC, (the Directorate of Cultural Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile), Ward Van Lines Company, and FR Insurance Group.

Women to Watch 2018

The Women to Watch program, created in 2008, is aimed at the national and foreign NMWA committees. Every two or three years, the Museum hosts an exhibitionof works by emergent women artists addressing various disciplines in the USA and other countries where Museum committees exist.

The museum in Washington DC selected Gloria Cortés as the Chilean curator in charge of providing support for this year’s international exhibit. She was responsible for choosing the works of the Chilean artists that were presented to the Museum’s curator, who ultimately chose “Pyrite Mirror”-a work by Alejandra Prieto.

The work of the Chilean artist will be part of the group of artists that use metal as a creative medium. This year’s exhibit, Heavy Metal, looks to break through the predominantly masculine narrative that surrounds the work with metal and that places women in the category of “fine arts,”design, arts and crafts and decorative arts— definitions that are rooted in gender discrimination.

The exhibit will be on view from June 28 through September 16, 2018 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC. This year, marks the fifth edition of Women to Watch and the second time that Chile participates with a national artist. In 2015, the video series “Rhythms”by Andrea Lira was selected as the participating entry.

Artists taking part in Metalmorphosis
Alejandra Prieto
Catalina Bauer
Marcela Bugueiro
Isidora Correa
Pamela de la Fuente
Amelia Errázuriz
Virginia Guilisasti
Michelle Marie-Letelier
Livia Marín, Karen Pazán
Rosario Perriello
Ana María Lira.

Special Donors :
Mustakis Foundation

Ward Van Lines
FR GroupInsurance.
Office of Cultural Affairs, Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Cultural Tax Exemption Legislation

Julius Bar

More information
Pre-opening of Metalmorphosis at the Museum of Fine Arts
View Picture Gallery: Metalmorphosis Pre-opening
View Picture Gallery: Metalmorphosis Opening
View Picture Gallery: Metalmorphosis Artworks
View Picture Gallery: Heavy Metal 2018
Large crowds attend Metalmorphosis opening
“Metalmorphosis” artist participate in meeting with students




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