Advancing Women Artists Foundation

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Advancing Women Artists Foundation
American Not-for-profit Organization
HeadquartersIndianapolis, USA and Florence, Italy

Advancing Women Artists Foundation (AWA) is an American not-for-profit organization (501(c)3),[1] with headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana and Florence, Italy. AWA is committed to identifying and restoring artwork by women in the city’s museums, churches and storehouses.[2] The foundation achieves its mission through sponsoring restoration of artwork, and promoting research on female artists. It supports the creation of educational materials and events, including books, television documentaries, seminars, and conferences.[3]


In addition to restoration, research, and exhibition, the ultimate goal of AWA is to provide art by women an exhibition space of its own in Florence with satellite spaces established worldwide, where paintings and sculptures can be exhibited and eventually return to Florence permanently.[3]

Creation and governance[edit]

In 2003 author and philanthropist Dr. Jane Fortune founded The Florence Committee of the National Museum for Women in the Arts,[2][4] an Italian not-for-profit association in Florence. In 2009, Fortune created a new organization, the Advancing Women Artists Foundation, its American non-profit sister organization, which allowed for more opportunities for American involvement.[3][5]

AWA is supported by private contributors and institutions that are dedicated to safeguarding and promoting works by women artists, particularly in Florence, Italy. The Board of Trustees holds fiduciary responsibility for its organizational activities and financial well-being. AWA is supported by an International Advisory Council and assisted by an honorary Florentine Council of Advisors composed of museum directors, art historians, restorers, city officials, and art experts who advise the Foundation on its restorations, publications, and awareness-raising projects.[3]

AWA's honors program[edit]

Advancing Women Artists supports an ongoing annual awards program honoring museum directors in Florence, women restorers, patronesses of the arts and contemporary artists for their outstanding contributions to the culture of Florence. The awards are designed to give recognition to women within the Fine Arts sector by commending their commitment to enhancing Florence and its artistic heritage.[3]

Partial list of restorations[edit]

  • Suor Plautilla Nelli (1524-1588):
    • Lamentation with Saints, San Marco Museum. (The Florence Committee.)
  • Suor Plautilla Nelli (1524-1588):
    • Saint Catherine in Prayer, Last Supper Museum of Andrea del Sarto.
    • Saint Dominic Receives the Rosary, Last Supper Museum of Andrea del Sarto.
    • Saint Catherine Receives the Stigmata, Last Supper Museum of Andrea del Sarto.
  • Artemisia Gentileschi
    • David and Bathsheba, The Palatine Gallery, Royal Apartments. (The Florence Committee.)
  • Félicie de Fauveau:
    • Burial monument to Louise de Favreau, Basilica of Santa Croce.
    • Burial monument to Madame Anne de la Pierre, Church of Santa Maria del Carmine.
  • Irene Parenti Duclos:
    • Copy of Andrea del Sarto's Madonna de Sacco, Accademia Gallery.[3]

Books and publications[edit]

  • Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence by Jane Fortune
  • Art by Women in Florence: A Guide through Five Hundred Years by Jane Fortune and Linda Falcone
  • Orate Pro Pictora by Jane Fortune
  • DVD - Artemisia The Restoration
  • DVD - Nelli The Lamentation
  • DVD - Félicie De Fauveau A French Sculptor in Florence During the Grand Tour
  • DVD - Invisible Women (won Emmy Award in 2013)[6]
  • Santa Croce in Pink


  1. ^ "Advancing Women Artists Inc". Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Advancing Women Artists".
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Advancing Women Artists Foundation". Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  4. ^ "The Jane Fortune Research Program on Women Artists in the Age of the Medici". Archived from the original on 23 November 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Jane Fortune: Biography". Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Invisible Women wins the Emmy". Retrieved 24 January 2014.