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For more than fifty years, the Birmingham Society of Women Painters (BSWP) has brought together artists of merit to further their shared interests. Founded in 1944 to provide formal instruction and workspace for women painters, the BSWP is today a dynamic organization of 50 artists working in diverse media. A commitment to the highest standards in creative expression and art education links the generations of BSWP members.
The BSWP includes professional artists as well as women for whom art is a high-priority avocation. Membership is limited, with new members chosen through a highly selective process of nomination and portfolio review. Members exhibit individually and as a group in several venues annually. Their work is shown, and has won awards, in statewide, national and international exhibitions and draws viewers in galleries, public spaces and corporate settings. Members' pursuits also includes authorship of books and reviews, teaching, gallery ownership and management, and service on exhibition juries. Individual and organizational accomplishments are discussed at monthly meetings and accrue to the benefit of the full BSWP membership through shared knowledge and recognition. The organization operates on a cooperative basis, with all members contribution to group projects and initiatives.
The BSWP is highly regarded for its tradition of promoting arts awareness and education. In 1957, the organization won support from business and community leaders to found the Bloomfield Art Association. Three years later, the coalition developed an innovative proposal - exceptional for its time - to transform an obsolete Birmingham public works facility into a vibrant community center for the arts, which continues to grow and thrive today as the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC). Through the years BSWP members have served on the BBAC board and as faculty members, and provided generous financial support. Members are also involved with museums and other Detroit-area arts programs.
The BSWP is proud of its exceptional history of supporting the achievements and leadership of women in the arts.
In order to maintain our high standards of artistic merit, membership in the Birmingham Society of Women Painters is limited and by personal invitation by members only. Prospective members must be asked by a current member.
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