Her Art’s Desire at Hillwood 

On Valentine’s evening, Planning Committee Co-chairs Wande Johnson and Marsha Muawwad gathered 300 avid supporters of Hillwood for a preview of “Determined Women: Collectors, Artists, and Designers at Hillwood.” The exhibition traces the evolution of Hillwood’s collection, highlighting valiant female collectors, artists, and designers.  It will run in the Dacha through June 18.

Hillwood founder Marjorie Merriweather Post was an astute business executive, discerning collector and committed philanthropist. This special exhibition is the first at Hillwood to share the stories of the women behind the objects in the museum’s collection. Nearly 100 items, ranging from the 1700s to today present the finest examples of portraiture, ceramics, enamel, fashion, and more.

Guests gathered at the Visitor Center where they enjoyed elegant buffets and open bars on both levels. A silent auction raised funds that exceeded expectations to support the development of innovative new programming, educational opportunities, and special exhibitions.

The Mansion was open, and Dr. Wilfried Zeisler, deputy director and chief curator, guided tours of the exhibit in the Dacha. Howard University musicians presented a program featuring groundbreaking composers, from Mozart to Lili Boulanger and Florence Price, who broke barriers with the support, influence and inspiration of their contemporaries.

Rafik and Marsha Muawwad. Photo by Valerie Brown.

Wande Johnson and Nia Rubin. Photo by Valerie Brown.

Pianist Dante Walker from Howard University. Photo by Valerie Brown.

Ronald and Mary Emerson Slimp. Photo by Valerie Brown.


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