Great Washington Museums: Inter-American Development Bank

Great Washington Museums Celebrate Great Women Artists is a NMWA-organized collaborative city-wide project highlighting works by women artists. During 2012, institutions throughout the Washington area are featuring an array of signature works by women artists that have enriched their distinguished collections. This landmark program, in conjunction with NMWA’s 25th anniversary celebration, continues NMWA’s dedication to celebrating women’s achievements in the visual, performing, and literary arts. This excerpt explores one of the Inter-American Development Bank’s signature works by a woman artist, Olga de Amaral’s Riscos calizos (Limestone Cliffs). Visit www.nmwa.org and download the pdf map to begin your journey!

Olga de Amaral, Riscos calizos (Limestone Cliffs), 1988; Wool, 99 x 114 in.; Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Art Collection, Washington, D.C.

Olga de Amaral, Riscos calizos (Limestone Cliffs), 1988; Wool, 99 x 114 in.; Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Art Collection, Washington, D.C.

Colombian textile artist Olga de Amaral (b. 1932, Bogota, Colombia) began her artistic career in Colombia in the late 1950s and studied textiles at the Cranbrook Academy of Arts in Bloomfields Hills, Michigan. She was one of the first artists in the 1960s to transform textile arts from a primarily two-dimensional representational art form into a three-dimensional, abstract art form. Her textiles are in significant collections around the world. On display from mid-January through December 2012 in the East Lobby, Ground Floor of the IDB main building. By appointment: contact Soledad Guerra, 202-623-1213, or Debra Corrie, 202-623-3278.

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Cultural Center, 1300 New York Ave, NW; www.iadb.org/cultural.