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Past Exhibit - Abiding Courage

Abiding Courage Exhibit

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.

Abiding Courage Works of Art

 

Featured sculptures by RI artist Victoria Guerina

Abiding Courage Exhibit

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

Abiding Courage Exhibit

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

Medium: Wax

Abiding Courage Exhibit

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

Abiding Courage Exhibit

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

Abiding Courage Exhibit

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

Abiding Courage Exhibit

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

Medium: Bronze

Abiding Courage Exhibit

Opening Reception

March 5, 2020

Thank you to everyone for generously contributing to the success of this exhibition!

 

Exhibit's Works of Art

Now 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.

Abiding Courage Works of Art