Dedicated to advancing the Smithsonian's mission to increase and diffuse knowledge. Founded in 1966.       

            The Smithsonian Women’s Committee celebrates fine American crafts through two signature events: the Smithsonian Craft + Design Show and Art2Wear. From the funds raised at these shows the Committee awards grants and endowments throughout the Smithsonian.


  • Smithsonian Art2Wear
    October 22-24, 2020

  • Patti Warashina named 2020 Smithsonian Visionary Artist

    Patti Warashina has been named the 2020 Smithsonian Visionary Artist in recognition of her outstanding work in ceramic sculptures.  The Smithsonian Visionary Award is given annually by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee (SWC) and the Smithsonian to American artists deemed by experts in the field to have achieved the pinnacle of sculptural arts and design.  Awardees must have works in major museums and demonstrate distinction, creativity, exceptional artistry and, of course, vision in their respective media.  Previous winners include Albert Paley, Wendell Castle, Toots Zinsky, Dale Chihuly, and Faith Ringgold, and Joyce Scott.  

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  • Smithsonian Women’s Committee
    Announces 2019 Grants

    The Smithsonian Women’s Committee (SWC) has awarded 25 grants totaling more than $464,294 for 2019. These grants will benefit education, research, conservation, exhibitions, equipment and capital projects in 19 Smithsonian museum, research centers and offices. Funding is highly competitive and awarded after thorough research by members of the SWC and a vote by the full membership.

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The Smithsonian Craft + Design Show and the Art2Wear show are produced by the Smithsonian Women's Committee to support education, research, conservation, acquisition and exhibitions at the Smithsonian.

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