Past Exhibit - Abiding Courage
Celebrating the 19th Amendment
April 4, 2020 -- To commemorate the 19th Amendment centennial, Warwick Center for the Arts presents Abiding Courage, a national juried art exhibition, that aims to engage the community in critical thought around history, contemporary art, our democracy, and the right to vote.
Juried by Jonny Skye, of Skye Gallery in Providence, RI, this exhibit is part of the XIX: Shall Not Be Denied initiative, and runs until the end of April.
One hundred years ago the U.S. Constitution was amended to ensure individual states could no longer deny women their right to vote. The long struggle to ratify the 19th Amendment brought forward thousands of heroic women who stood up for the first time to demand their rights.
Below is today's #MuseumFromHome -- Sculptures from our Abiding Courage exhibit by Rhode Island artist Victoria Guerina.
After viewing the below Abiding Courage sculptures, see the 24 art pieces that were chosen -- after some difficult decision-making -- to reside alongside these featured scuptures. We had a great nationwide response to our Call for Art, with 87 art entries from 43 artists -- all amazing pieces to view and ponder.
Featured sculptures by RI artist Victoria Guerina
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1815-1902
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.
-- Declaration of Sentiments, 1848
The best protector any woman can have, one that will serve her at all times and in all places, is courage.
-- At the National Women’s Rights Convention, 1851, Massachusetts
Medium: Plaster cast
Sojourner Truth, 1797-1883
That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman?
Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman?
I could work as much and eat as much as a man – when I could get it – and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman?
I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?
-- Ain’t I a Woman? speech, delivered at the National Women’s Rights Convention, 1851, Ohio
Susan Brownell Anthony, 1815-1906
There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.
-- Written after being denied the chance to speak at the World’s Temperance Convention, NY, 1853, because of her gender
Men, their rights and nothing more: Women, their rights and nothing less.
-- Masthead of The Revolution weekly publication, 1868-1872
Medium: Plaster cast
Alice Stokes Paul, 1885-1977
Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
-- Text of the Equal Rights Amendment, written by Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman
I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end.
-- Alice Paul
Medium: Resin cast
Mary Elizabeth Jackson, 1867-1923
Looked at from the sane point of view, all objections to the ballot for women are but protests against progress, civilization, and good sense.
The laboring man has discovered beyond peradventure that his most effective weapon of defense is the ballot in his own hand. The self-supporting woman asks for and will accept nothing less.
-- The Self-Supporting Woman and the Ballot, Mary E. Jackson
Civil Service of the State of Rhode Island
President of the Rhode Island Association of Colored Women’s Clubs
The Crisis, 1915
Medium: Resin cast
Lucretia Coffin Mott, 1793-1880
If our principles are right, why should we be cowards?
Any great change must expect opposition, because it shakes the very foundation of privilege.
…[M]y convictions led me to adhere to the sufficiency of the light within us, resting on truth as authority, rather than ‘taking authority for truth.
-- Lucretia Mott Speaks: The Essential Speeches and Sermons
March 5, 2020
Thank you to everyone for generously contributing to the success of this exhibition!