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About Art W

Mission Statement

Art W is an organization committed to promoting women working across creative disciplines by means of advocacy, curation, and education. Through a combination of awareness-raising campaigns, educational panels and tours, salon discussion series, and professional curation services, Art W aims to bring collectors, curators, and art enthusiasts together with notable women artists from around the world.

Our educational panels and tours raise awareness of women artists at numerous major international art fairs, including Art Miami, Miami Project, the Affordable Art Fair New York, and Art15 London. The Art W Salon Series, launched in collaboration with the Rutgers University Women and the Arts Collaborative (formerly the Institute for Women and Art) in 2009, features outstanding women artists in discussion with leading curators and collectors. Art W has also worked with leading art institutions, including the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts Museum, and the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.


Organization History

Art W was founded in 2007 by Marjorie W. Martay to foster dialogue between artists and collectors through intimate discussion salons and panels. In 2009, Art W launched its innovative Salon Series in collaboration with the Rutgers University Women and the Arts Collaborative (formerly the Institute for Women and Art), bringing artists, curators, and art enthusiasts into conversation. The ongoing Salon Series has featured guests including Faith Ringgold, Judy Chicago, Joan Snyder, Anita Huffington, Kathleen Gilje, and Naomi Kremer. 

Beginning with the Affordable Art Fair New York in 2011, Art W began offering professionally curated VIP tours and discussion panels at international art fairs. Since 2011, Art W has curated tours and discussions at Art Miami in December 2013, Miami Project in December 2014, and will be leading three curated VIP tours and a panel discussion at the upcoming Art15 London fair in May 2015.

Art W is pleased to announce the launch in 2015 of its newest curatorial initiative, offering professional curation services to corporate collectors looking to expand their art collections with works from exceptional women artists around the women. Learn more about this exciting new initiative here


Art W Global Board of Directors

Marjorie W. Martay, Chair
Judith Brodsky
Mark Edmiston
Ferris Olin
Maura Reilly
Elizabeth A. Sackler
Erik Basil Spooner

Art W Team

Marjorie W. Martay, Exec. Director
Lisa Fierro, Managing Partner
Lauren  Halilej


Marjorie W. Martay is an artist, curator, publisher, and entrepreneur. Prior to founding Art W, Martay was the co-founder and publisher of Hippocrates (Health Magazine) and Selling Magazine, and successfully launched Nomad Editions, an innovative digital publisher in 2009. In 2013, Martay was recognized as a Media Legend for Entrepreneurship by the Myers Media Business Network. Martay serves on the boards of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, and the Rutgers University Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities (formerly the Institute for Women and Art).