Northwest Area Arts Council is proud to be a part of Women's Works 25th Anniversary Show.  We welcome your support for this milestone year.  Please contact us if you wish to sponsor an upcoming show or name an award in honor of a loved one or your own art cause.  We would love to work with you as we strive to maintain an important link with the people and businesses in our community.



Old Court House Arts Center

Woodstock, Illinois


 Our sponsors for the Show are as follows:

Massage Envy

Liquitex Artist Heavy Material Heavy Body Paints

Lynfred Winery Certificates for up to 10 Adults for a

Scheduled tour and Wine Tasting Event

Lettuce Entertainment You, Inc

Swiss Maid Bakery



PLEASE CONTACT  US : www.naac4art.org

The Old Court House
Workshops of Interest

                                 Kelly Phelps 

    The 25th anniversary of Women's Works is an occasion to reflect on the past, celebrate the work of today's women artists and look forward to the future of the exhibit.  


History and Mission of Women’s Works

Women's Works was created in 1985 from the efforts of a group of women who dreamed of a place where women could showcase their talent. The Workshop for Contemporary Artists opened a collaborated forum where they would see and critique each others’ work, share information on contemporary art issues, and support each other in the “sometimes insular work” that characterizes an artist's working life. The early members of the WCA included Lynn Carlson, Doris Davis Gallagher, Shirlee Estep, Rita Kay Halvorsen, Judith Nahill, Nancy Seidler and Alice White.

March was chosen as the time for the first exhibit, to coincide with the celebration of Women’s History Month. Held in the McHenry County College Library, Mary Kurtzman, an MCC English instructor, was the driving force behind the first program of its kind in McHenry County.

In 1987, Carol Ann Harris saw the potential of a women’s art exhibit and created a juried competition that would include contributions and awards. Publicity was generated, rules were set, and in the spring of 1988, Carol’s vision was realized when Women’s Works was born.

Today, Women’s Works is a fine art exhibition that provides an opportunity for female artists throughout North America to exhibit collectively. Our annual exhibition fulfills a vital need for women to view their work in a larger context, allowing the artists to identify themselves with the community of creative women.

We continue to encourage the area business community, in the spirit of good will, to award funds and scholarships that publicly support women artists, demonstrating the value of their work to society.

Women’s Works continues to affirm our worth as women artists and to celebrate the impact of our creativity on the lives of those around us.   

Written by:  Pat Tanner

 Pat Tanner


 Angela Swan