Oregon Women's Caucus for Art

OWCA Nurturing the Women in the Creative Fields and the Arts in our Communities

WCA is a national non-profit association of professional women artists, art educators, art students and arts administrators. The national caucus was formed in 1972 as an outgrowth of the College Art Association. The Oregon chapter was formed in 1987 to reach out to women in all of Oregon and southwest Washington. Our membership has grown nationally to over 35 local chapters. National conferences are held every year in February in different cities in the United States. We welcome women artists who work in any media. We value differences in age and cultural background. Our organization is non-ablest, non-racist and non-sexist. We provide information, opportunities, and camaraderie.

How to Become a Member

OWCA Membership Features and Benefits:

Special Membership Features and Benefits for OWCA (female members):

WCA Membership Features and Benefits:


Ways to Pay Dues:

There are two ways to pay the membership dues. You may mail your dues and contact information or you may pay your dues electronically with WePay.

              Oregon Women’s Caucus For Art
              P.O. Box  42282 Portland Oregon  97242-0282

Regular Membership Low Income/Student

Our Mentorship Program

The OWCA Mentorship Program is an educational program. We believe that through offering mentorship to individuals for creative and cultural projects that the Oregon Women’s Caucus for Art can better accomplish our mission of supporting the legacy of women in the arts throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Eligible Mentorship Project Proposals must demonstrate high artistic quality, and evidence of the capacity to manage and complete a proposed project.

What does OWCA Mentorship mean?
Firstly, OWCA Mentorship means support. Secondly, for the artist it means commitment to the OWCA in following all agreements and guidelines. Want to learn more? Our blog explains how to apply.

PROGRAM IS UNDERDEVELOPMENT When this program is revised and approved by the board we will be taking applications.

How to Donate to the OWCA

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of any of our programs, and or our events, please contact a member of our board or the current OWCA president. We do not offer any sponsorship or “Fiscal Sponsorship”, (to raise money under our 501c3 tax exemption) nor does the OWCA act as a holding agency for funds for individuals’ art projects. We hope that in the future we can provide modest sponsorship to artists’ projects.

In place of sponsorship we offer a mentorship program, which can be very effective in helping artists’ find funds for their project’s under the guidance of an OWCA Board Member or general OWCA member. The OWCA Mentorship Program was created in 2013.

General donations can be sent to:

Oregon Women’s Caucus For Art
P.O. Box  42282 Portland Oregon  97242-0282

Or you can donate now via WePay using the Donate button below. 

Current Events

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This is a annual social/mixer. This event is free for members and guest of member. <–!more–> >
Creston Park couldn’t be easier to find. Take the Ross Island Bridge onto Powell. Then turn right at 42nd.  Go one block to SE Rhone. Turn left into the parking lot and you are there! the picnic area is easy to find and access.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE  RSVP to Karen Swallow (see you membership roster for her contact information).Does anyone have a portable barbeque to fire up?  Please let us know in your RSVP.This event is a members only event with no fees for guests. Members are encouraged to bring family and friends interested in learning about the OWCA.

BYOB!!!  OWCA will purchase an alcohol permit.

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ART&PLAY- Annual in October a public service event where we bring art projects to children in need or children in an at risk demographic. Details for this event such as location TBA.

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KNOW-HOW: Issues for Women Artists

Our annual KNOW-HOW in November is dedicated to discussion on feminist and gender studies  issues in the arts.

KNOW-HOW is an educational event series of instructional lectures and skill shares. To include but not limited to information on technology, and career development.

This year our speaker: TBA.

Details for this event such as location TBA.