Founded in 1921 in Laguna Beach, Women Painters
West is a non-profit membership corporation with educational, benevolent,
fraternal, and charitable objectives. Originally created under the name
of The Woman's Art Club of Southern California, the organization saw two
name changes before officially becoming Women Painters West in 1983.
Many of Women Painters West’s early members were among
the great early California women artists including notables Mabel Alvarez,
Kathryn Leighton, Elsie Palmer Payne and Donna Norine Schuster, whose
works were featured in the Autry Museum of Western Heritage special exhibition
Independent Spirits — Women Painters of the American West, 1890-1945.
In recent years, Women Painters West has been comprised
of some 250 professional women artists working in all mediums committed
to the practice of art. Women Painters West includes among its members
art instructors in all levels of art education. Many members exhibit individually
in galleries, museums, and universities and have been recognized and honored
nationally and internationally. Membership is by application and juried