About Us

OAG Members at FRESH TALK event with Jill Snyder of MOCA Cleveland.

OAG Members at FRESH TALK event with Jill Snyder of MOCA Cleveland.

Based in Washington, DC, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is the only museum dedicated to celebrating women artists through exhibitions, acquisitions, educational initiatives and archival research. The Ohio Advisory Group (OAG) of NMWA provides leadership, guidance and resources in support of the museum’s mission and works to elevate the profile of accomplished women artists from Ohio. The founding members of the OAG are distinguished women leaders in the region who share a passion for the arts and/or advocacy for women.

Signature Project

Adopted by the OAG as its signature project, the Women to Watch initiative shines a spotlight on gender disparities through exhibitions and programming featuring Ohio women artists both locally and in Washington, DC. NMWA reports that 51% of visual artists working today are women, yet only 5% of work on display in US museums is by women, and works by women make up only 5% of major permanent collections in the US and Europe.

DSC_9074Select members of the OAG at the Women to Watch – Ohio preview reception.

Ohio Advisory Group

Founders and Co-Chairs

Barbara D. Richter, NMWA National Advisory Board; President, Barbara Richter Advisors, LLC

Harriet Warm, NMWA National Advisory Board; Past President, MOCA Cleveland


Eliza Wing, Chief Communication Officer, Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Founding Editor and Former President, Cleveland.com


Marilena Disilvio, Co-Chair,  Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Leadership Institute; Immediate Past President, Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation


Victoria Bell, Past President, Painting and Drawing Association, Cleveland Museum of Art

Founding Members

Elizabeth Crane, Trustee, Columbus Museum of Art; Longtime Educator, Columbus School for Girls

Diane De Grazia, Former Chief Curator of Cleveland Museum of Art

Diane Downing, Senior Vice President, Director of Corporate Affairs, Huntington National Bank; Former Chief Operating Officer, Cleveland 2016 Host Committee, Republican National Convention (Executive on Loan)

Susan Goldberg, NMWA Board of Trustees; Executive Editor, National Geographic Magazine; Former Editor, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Sally Gries, Founder and Chairperson, Gries Financial LLC

Nannette V. Maciejeunes, Executive Director, Columbus Museum of Art

Ellen Stirn Mavec, President and Chairman, The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation

Sandra Pianalto, Former President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Barbara Robinson, Chair Emeritus, Ohio Arts Council; Chairman, Cleveland Arts Prize

Sara M. Vance Waddell, President and CEO, SMV Media