About Women to Watch


Detail from One Ordinary Day of an Ordinary Town by Mimi Kato, 2010,
Archival Pigment Print, 74 x 129

Women to Watch,
an exhibition program organized every two to three years by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, presents emerging or underrepresented artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach affiliates. Committees participating in Women to Watch work with curators in their respective regions to create shortlists of artists and present them to curators at NMWA in Washington D.C.

In 2015, the Ohio Advisory Group adopted the Women to Watch initiative. Thanks to a unique collaboration with Reto Thuering and Rose Bouthillier, curators at the Cleveland Museum of Art and MOCA Cleveland, the Ohio Advisory Group identified a group of five exceptional women artists based on criteria provided by the Women’s Museum. Advocacy on behalf of these artists led to the inclusion of Mimi Kato, one of the Ohio artists, in Organic Matters: Women to Watch 2015It was the first time that Ohio was represented in this international series of exhibitions in Washington, D.C. Nearly 20,000 visitors saw Organic Matters on view June 5 – September 13, 2015. The exhibition was highly acclaimed in national and international publications, including The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. The Huffington Post cited the show as an exhibition not be be missed in 2015.