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The Southern California Committee (SCC) is a nonprofit volunteer organization established in 1990 as a supporting organization for the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in Washington, D.C..

NMWA opened in Washington, DC in 1987 and is the world's primary museum dedicated to bringing recognition to the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities. NMWA present exhibits; preserves, acquires and researches art by women; and educates the public to the accomplishments of women artists. NMWA develops and maintains a national directory of women artists.

Our Goal

It is SCC NMWA's goal to support the National Museum of Women in the Arts and to increase public awareness of the work of Southern California's women artists locally and nationally.


SCC NMWA sponsored their first exhibit at NMWA in June, 1994, called "Generation of Mentors" which represented Southern California artists born in the first three decades of the 20th Century.  The exhibition was also shown at the Jose Drudis-Biada Art Gallery, Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, CA and at the Fresno Art Gallery, Fresno, California.  A catalog was published for the exhibition.  Exhibition artists were Martha Alf, Claiare Falkenstein, Helen Mayer Harrison, Ynez Johnston, Helen Lundeberg, Selma Moskowitz, Betye Saar, Olga Seem, Joan Tanner, Joyce Treiman, and June Wayne.  The exhibition was curated by Josine Ianco Starrels and Helen Alameda Lewis.