A 2001 study by the artist Eleanor Dickinson found that although the population of artists in the United States was roughly equal (fifty-three percent men and forty-seven percent women) the number invited to have their work exhibited were still startlingly uneven with eighty-one percent men and only nineteen percent women. WATW has paved the way toward improving those numbers with its continued success. It was the first organization in Texas to receive a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts in the early eighties; it has been voted “Best Gallery” by The Austin Chronicle five times in the last seven years including 2006 and 2007; and it has been given a grant by the Warhol Foundation to insure stability and growth for the future. With blurbs in The New York Times, Art in America magazine and NPR, WATW has helped put Texas and its women artists on the map.
–From an Arts Feature article in the April issue of The Good Life magazine, in which writer Bonnie Neel offers a great, concise overview of the history of Women & Their Work.