Organic Matters – Women to Watch 2015


Mimi Kato discussing her work on view in the Organic Matters exhibition at the Women’s Museum. Photography by Yassine El Mansouri.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) presented Organic Matters—Women to Watch 2015, the fourth installment of NMWA’s biennial Women to Watch exhibition series. On view June 5–Sept. 13, 2015, this exhibition explored the relationships between women, art and nature and examined contemporary women artists’ complex views and inventive treatments related to the theme of nature. Through a diverse array of mediums, including photography, drawing, sculpture and video, the featured artists depicted fragile ecosystems, otherworldly landscapes and creatures both real and imagined. This series presented emerging or underrepresented artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. Committees participating in Women to Watch 2015 worked with curators in their respective regions to create shortlists of artists working with the subject of nature. From this group, NMWA curators selected 13 artists, one representing each of the participating committees. “The connection between women and nature has a long history, one that is fraught with gendered stereotypes and discriminatory assumptions,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. “The contemporary artists selected for the 2015 installment of Women to Watch turn this archaic paradigm upside-down.” Historically, women artists were encouraged to take the natural world as their subject because still lifes and portraiture seemed to require merely the power of observation, in contrast to history and religious painting, which required invention and imagination.

Artists proposed by the Ohio Advisory Group for consideration were:

Mimi Kato was selected for inclusion in Organic Matters—Women to Watch 2015.

Click below to read more:
Organic Matters – Press Release

Mimi Kato in front of her work with OAG Founders Barbara Richter and Harriet Warm and Women to Watch intern Jen Rokoski (far right)

Mimi Kato in front of her work at NMWA with OAG Founders Barbara Richter and Harriet Warm and Women to Watch intern Jen Rokoski (far right).