Colorado Chapter

The Mission of the Women’s Caucus for Art Colorado Chapter

Board Members 

Melody Epperson – President

Shara Oliman – Vice President

Jean Smith – Treasurer and Membership Coordinator

Madrigal Stansell – Secretary

Lyndy Bush – Member at Large

Annette Coleman – Member at Large

Jenn Merz CQ – Member at Large

Pattie Byron – Director on the

National Board

To create, nurture, and sustain an inclusive community through artistic growth, advocacy, and art for social transformation.
We support our members by creating leadership positions as well as education and exhibition opportunities.
We advance, cultivate, and preserve diversity, global inclusivity, and equity in all our actions.

This local chapter of the national organization of the Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) has over 80 member artists working within Colorado. We have been an active chapter of the national WCA since 1990. Currently, we are celebrating our 32nd year as a chapter.

We collaborate on art projects and organize art exhibitions for our members. We meet once a month for a member meeting where we welcome new and potential members, plan events, exchange ideas, encourage one another, and offer support for our artistic ventures. Social events are organized by our board throughout the year.

The WCA was founded in 1972 at the annual meeting of the College Art Association (CAA) and was known as the Women’s Caucus of the College Art Association.

In 1975, the WCA became a separate organization, retaining its affiliation with the CAA but functioning as an independent entity with its own structure and bylaws.

Currently headquartered in NYC, the WCA invites multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural membership of artists, art historians, students, educators, gallery and museum professionals, and others involved in the visual arts. The focus is on the enormous contributions of women and people of color throughout the history of art as well as women working in the visual arts professions today. The WCA has established a national network through research, exhibitions, conferences, and awards for achievement.

Please visit our WCACO Events/Calendar page for information about our recent exhibits and events, our WCACO Facebook page to keep in touch with the group, and our Instagram account to see images of our current activities and members' artwork.


Membership is open to all women artists and to men who are conscious of equality in the arts, recognizing that the talents and efforts of women artists often go unacknowledged.

As a member of your local state chapter, you automatically become a member of the national WCA. There are multiple benefits to membership, including national juried exhibitions, an annual convention held in conjunction with the College Arts Association conference, and networking with artists throughout the country as well as internationally. The national organization also honors women in the arts with the prestigious Life Time Achievement Awards during the annual convention.