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AWA's Annual Member Show & National Juried Exhibition

The Bennington Center for the Arts is hosting the 2016 National Juried Exhibition & Annual Members Show, as well as a week's worth of special events for American Women Artists this year from September 22nd - November 13th. 

American Women Artists is a non-profit organization dedicated to the inspiration, celebration, and encouragement of women in the visual fine arts.

Bennington Center for the Arts houses an extensive permanent collection of Western and Southwestern art and Native American artifacts - visit AWA's exhibit, then view all the amazing galleries located at our host venue in Vermont! 


A Prayer For Compassion (Guan Yin), oil 28x22"

"Painting is both a composed intention and a revelation, and always a reflection of spirit.  I select subjects that I feel connected to, and the painting becomes my teacher, my mirror.  A Prayer for Compassion is artwork that also pays homage to the feminine deity, Guan Yin.  Known by dozens of names, and many more histories, Guan Yin is the goddess of mercy, empathy and compassion. Her truths are our truths.  She is deeply woven into the fabric of us.  Her presence is the warmth of our hearts.  Our longing for compassion motivates us, so in return, we illuminate her figure, just as a gentle ray of hope shines a little light upon us all.


September 23, 5-8pm: 

Awards Ceremony & Opening Reception


September24, 9am-1pm: 

2016 Symposium of inspiring and informative presentations...

  • Our keynote speaker Erin Coe, Director of the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY, will present an illustrated lecture on Georgia O’Keeffe and her years on Lake George.
  • Artist Alia El Bermani, the Co-founder of the Women Painting Women blog, a contemporary exhibit that sparked a national trend
  • Rita Fucillo, publisher of Art New England, will discuss changes in the publishing and advertising industry brought about by the increased use of social media and web marketing, and how those can all dovetail for more effective publicity.

The Symposium concludes with a panel discussion on changes in the publishing field, gallery world and how artists do business. 

Rita Fucillo, co-publisher of Art New England and vice president of Boston-based New Venture Media Group
Allan & Elaine Duerr - publishers of Art of the West
Robin Knowlton, former gallery owner, 
Leah Lopez, artist and owner of Leah Lopez Atelier in NYC
Kate Austin-Avon, owner of Advokate specializing in web design, print and social media marketing.

The Symposium is free and open to the public.