A national organization founded in 1980 in New York City by Lila Harnett, art writer, to bring together professional women active in the visual arts. The goal is to advance greater understanding and appreciation of the visual arts by providing meetings for the exchange of information. The headquarters are in New York and regional chapters are in Washington DC, Northern California, Southern California and Boston. Each year an annual conference is held in New York City, and Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Awards are given to women professionals. Recipients include Elizabeth Baker, Editor of "Art in America"; Agnes Gund, President Emeritus of the Museum of Modern Art; and Paula Cooper, Director of the Paula Cooper Gallery. Source: