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Women Bisnow
May 6, 2008


This issue of Washington Women is presented by
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By Karin Tanabe for Bisnow on Business


Twenty-one. The coveted age of young Americans everywhere. The National Museum of Women in the Arts, the museum that’s given the lost gender an artistic renaissance, fêted its 21st birthday in style on Friday. The New York Avenue institution teemed with a world-class crowd, the art to match, Gershwin numbers and a few bottles of Möet for good measure. After all, you only turn 21 once. Happy Birthday NMWA.


Sharon Stark, Senior Economic and Policy Advisor, Office of Thrift Supervision and Chair of the museum’s Enterprising Woman of Washington award program with museum founder and Chairman of the Board, Wilhelmina Holladay.


When he’s not helping the muckety-mucks out of a legal corner, he’s supporting the NMWA. Bob Bennett of Skadden Arps and wife Ellen flank Winton Holladay, VP of the Board of Trustees.


At the helm since March 7th, the NMWA’s new Director Susan Fisher Sterling is flanked by Board Member Julie Connors, left, and Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Board Member and Chairman of the Red Cross. McElveen-Hunter, who was principal in admitting Israeli humanitarian organization Magen David Adom and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society as full, voting members of the International Red Cross, tells us the ogranization will present a peace prize in November to a Palestinian and an Israeli who have built bridges between their populations. 


Board member Alexine Jackson with husband Aaron. “The recognition of women in the arts has been amazing,” says Jackson. “It is exciting to know that we’re beginning to secure the future of the museum. We’re trying to reach into the community and draw more people in, especially young people.”


Let there be light! PEPCO CEO Dennis Wraase with wife Ceci, and Beverly Perry, PEPCO SVP for Government Affairs and Public Policy, escorted by Tilman Gerald.


The evening’s honorary host, Portuguese Ambassador João de Vallera. The work of Portuguese artist Paula Rego is being exhibited at the NMWA until May 25th.  


Texas oil woman, hotelier and NMWA champion before there was a museum to crusade for, Caroline Rose Hunt, left, with Irene Natividad, President of the Global Summit of Women. “It’s because of Wilhelmina Holladay that both of us are engaged with the museum,” says Natividad.

Housed in what was once a Masonic temple, the NMWA is the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of female artists. Anonymous may have been a woman, but thanks to institutions such as this, the headliners are also.

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