The Texas State Committee of NMWA


April 1983: Founder and President of the National Museum of Women in the Arts Wilhelmina (Billie) C. Holladay met with Texan and Washington D.C. lady of note, Elizabeth S. Hutchinson in Dallas. They began a tour across Texas to meet with prominent ladies who might have interest in the founding of a national museum solely dedicated to women’s art. They were greeted with rapt interest. This nascent commitment of interested women across the state was the beginning of the Texas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

The official formation of the Texas Committee was announced at a tea at the Executive Mansion, hosted by Linda Gail White, wife of the Governor and Honorary Chairman of the Committee in October 1985. Contributions and donations flowed from Texas to Washington, D.C. as the museum passed from idea, to floor plan, to steel and stone.  A renovated Renaissance Revival Masonic temple became the elegant home of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The dream of Wilhelmina Cole Holladay and her husband, Wallace F. Holladay, was realized when the doors of the NMWA opened in the spring of 1987.

For the past thirty years the Texas Committee has embraced the Museum’s mission to celebrate the achievements of women in the visual, performing, and literary arts. The Texas Committee’s mandated membership of forty continues to provide unflagging advocacy—through participation, donation, and support for outstanding exhibitions, acquisitions, and increasingly, through the NMWA’s public programs, which focus on women’s roles in social change.

Looking forward, the Texas Committee seeks to extend from the hub of the NMWA a network of connectivity. The Texas Committee’s website is a virtual conduit, providing a flow of information about the NMWA to museums, major galleries, and university and college centers of learning, artists, and supporters of the arts—by providing information of women’s artistic explorations, achievements, and exhibitions at the national level of the NMWA, as well as throughout state and regional levels in Texas.

Look for a series of profiles of the founding members of the Texas Committee to the right.



Brooke Taylor President
Lynn Crystal President Elect
Laura Fonville 1st Vice President
Joanne Johnson 2nd Vice President
Alice Starr Vice President at Large

Diane Ofner Secretary
Iris McWilliams Treasurer
Stephanie Sale Immediate Past President
Dot Snyder Nominating Committee Chair



01 Alexander, Jean San Antonio
02 *Brown, Margaret Waco 
03 Catania, Andrea Holt Midland
04 Childers, Sandra Amarillo
05 Cox, Barbara Fort Worth
06*Crystal, Lynn Finesilver San Antonio
07 Davis, Tommye Lou Waco
08 Farris, Claire Kenderdine Palestine/Ft.Worth
09 Fonville, Laura Perkins Tyler
10 Fouts, Katherine Beaumont
11 Frazer-Farrell, Danielle Amarillo
12 Friedman, Cornelia Fort Worth 
13 Gunn, Ann Kritser Wichita Falls 
14 Henry, Madge Green Wichita Falls
15 Johnson, JoAnne Helotes
16 Lamont, Mary Noel Dallas
17 Lassiter, Mary Ann Dallas
18 LeBlanc, Dorothy Houston
19 Lewis, Caroline Dallas
20 Lokey, Liz Minyard Dallas

**Janice Lindhurst Adams Bryan Ex officio
*Olson, Kay Woodward Waco Ex officio
  Lucy Buchanan Dallas Ex officio 
*Taylor, Mary Ross Houston Ex officio

21 Martin, Priscilla Fort Worth
22 Mayfield, Beth Waco
23 *McCall, Pat Dallas
24 McWilliams, Iris Houston
25 Moorman, Nancy San Antonio
26 Ofner, Diane Peek Houston
27 Oswalt, Karen Ross Austin
28*Perkins, Margaret Tyler
29 Presley, Lucinda Hanks Palestine
30 Richter, Elizabeth Chu Corp. Christi
31*Sale, Stephanie Bryan/Coll. Station
32 Selig, Lyn Straus San Antonio
33 Slattery, Ann Montalba
34*Snyder, Dot Houston
35 Starr, Alice Waco
36*Stribling, Jo Waco
37 Taylor, Brooke Waco
38 White, Daisy College Station
39*Winn, Betty Bentsen McAllen
40 Willeford, Pamela Pitzer Austin



Blanton, Leslie Dyess Houston
Cahoon, Paula Midland
George, Tricia Mast Dallas
Hathoot, Janie Little Rock, AR
Holguin, Rosario El Paso
Holt, Helen Joan Midland
*Hunt, Caroline Rose Dallas
Hurley, Joanna Dallas
Judd, Rue Houston
King, Bette Tyler

*Member of the National Advisory Board, NMWA
**Member of the National Board of Trustees, NMWA

Long, Teresa Austin 
Lowery, Susan McAllen
Mast, Patricia Nacogdoches
McAllister, Edith San Antonio
Meadows, Patricia Dallas
Ochoa, Ozden College Station
Roach, Jean Fort Worth
Teeple, Mary Spicewood
Wommack, Barbara Corp.Christi
**West, Alice Wichita Falls



Photo by David Woo

Caroline Rose Hunt

Caroline Rose Hunt needs no honorific before her name: Her accomplishments precede her. Scion of a legendary Texas family, she was born into a position of influence in Dallas but she has not rested on inherited laurels. To begin: she is the mother of five children, grandmother to nineteen, and great-grandmother to 22. Her family is her greatest wellspring of pride.

She has been an hôtelière extraordinaire, opening the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and founding Rosewood Hotels and Resorts in 1979; a novelist and, as an accomplished gourmet culinarian, a writer of cook books. In 1990 she developed a line of bath and skin products with a signature scent, Tryst. Her entrepreneurship has set a tone of elegance in all of her endeavors.

Caroline Rose Hunt holds honorary doctorates from Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia and the University of Texas, Austin and a notable list of honors that span decades from the 1980’s to the present.

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Elizabeth Stafford Hutchinson, 1920-2010

When Elizabeth Stafford Hutchinson met Wilhelmina Cole Holladay in 1956, neither had any inkling of the bond they would one day share over the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Born in 1920 in Palestine, Texas, Hutchinson was a Texan through and through. Her unwavering enthusiasm and spirit had been among the museum’s most valuable tools in its efforts to become a reality and success. Hutchinson was a founding member; trustee, past secretary, and vice president emerita of the museum.

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