Mother Artists at Work

Columbus Invitational Arts Competition
Visual Arts Division


Mother Artists at Work is a Columbus, Ohio support and networking group for mothers working in the arts. Maw was originally founded by Melissa Ayotte, Carolina Choroco, Missy Conley, Sharon Dorsey, and Alissa Head in 2005. The group was brought together by the shared frustrations caused by their creative identities becoming completely overwhelmed by the role of motherhood. Holding meetings in each other's living rooms, discussions about favorite artists and sharing sketchbooks rekindled creative flames and a debut group exhibition, "Birthing the Artist", in November, 2006 at Sean Christopher Gallery. Seven years later, the group has grown into a diverse group of over 20 members who meet twice a month in each other's studios or where ever space can be found. There is an inspiring range of experience, background, education, and medium among the artists. Painters, fiber artists, sculptors, photographers, ceramicists, mixed media artists enamellers, and writers come together to share what they do, what they have learned, and how they balance the creative roles of artist and mother.


The mission of Mother Artists at Work, a non-profit association of mothers working in the arts, is to support and promote artists who are mothers through networking, professional development, and exhibition opportunities, as they work to keep career and family in balance. We meet twice every month. Meeting topics vary and include creating art, mini-workshops, support, critique, and social networking.


Partnering with Ballet Met Momentum (4th grade program) Columbus Arts Festival - Artist carnival game area (MAW-made Flush-A-Plush game) KidzArt - An art event for children, sponsored by Mother Artists at Work) Art workshops and retreats for our members A-Holes: Artist Miniature Golf at Arts in the Alley Independents' Day Yearly Art Exhibitions