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Washington, D.C.: National Museum of Women in the Arts and National Gallery of Art

Wednesday, August 15, 7:00am5:30pm
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Washington, D.C.
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Join us for this members-only bus trip to Washington, D.C., where we will visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the National Gallery of Art.

National Museum of Women in the ArtsThe National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the achievements of female artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, acquiring, and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments.  For more than 20 years, the museum’s founders, Wilhelmina Cole Holladay and Wallace F. Holladay, committed to assembling art by women, and by 1980 their collection became the core of the institution’s permanent collection.  The National Museum of Women in the Arts was incorporated in November 1981 and opened the doors at its permanent location in the spring of 1987.  We will enjoy a guided tour of the museum, providing us with an overview of the contributions of 16th- through 21st-century female artists.

The National Gallery of Art was conceived and given to the people of the United States by Andrew W. Mellon (1855–1937), a financier and art collector from Pittsburg who served as U.S. secretary of the treasury from 1921 to 1932.  In 1936, Mellon wrote to President Franklin D. Roosevelt offering to donate his superb art collection for a new museum and to use his own funds to construct a building for its use.  With the president’s support, Congress accepted Mellon’s gift, which included a sizable endowment, and established the National Gallery of Art in March 1937.  The museum was dedicated on March 17, 1941.  Later expansions included the East Building (opened June 1, 1978) and the Sculpture Garden (opened May 23, 1999).  We will have lunch at the Cascade Café followed by explore-on-your-own time of the museum’s world-renowned collection.

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