Co-founded in 1981, by a diverse group of African American women in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Women of Visions Inc. is the longest-running collective of Black women visual artists in the United States. The organization was incorporated in 1990 and achieved non-profit status in 1995. Originally established to create opportunities that had not been afforded to them in the traditional art world, WOV, Inc, over subsequent decades has sponsored, curated, or been represented by members and former members in hundreds of exhibitions, many of national and international acclaim. In addition to community outreach, through collaborative programming, and progressive arts opportunities, the collective has enriched all generations ranging from K-12 to senior adults.
Members of Women of Visions, Inc. work in a variety of artistic mediums, which include: Painting, fiber art, collage, mixed media, printmaking, photography, ceramics, jewelry-making, graphics design, murals, and three-dimensional works. Nearly half of our members act regularly as teaching artists and are registered with our host organization, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts School, and registered by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 2022, WOV, Inc was named a Cultural Treasure by the Ford Foundation and Heinz Endowments.
We envision that in the next decade, we can create a visual record that places us in the annals of American art history.
To promote the arts, culture, and history of women of African descent, by helping each other to excel as artists and to grow professionally through exhibitions, community collaboration, educational programming, and other progressive opportunities.
To seek and support and expand the artistic endeavors of African-Americans, and other diverse voices and expressions in visual arts as a part of the greater American art canon.