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Past Exhibit - Abiding Courage

Abiding Courage Exhibit

Art and History of the Right to Vote

April 5, 2020 -- Our current exhibit commemorates the Abiding Courage of the people and their efforts towards equality for women and the right to vote.

The 24 selected works, in this national juried art exhibition, engage in critical thought around contemporary art, our democracy, and the centennial of the 19th Amendment.

Currently on-view at WCFA #MuseumFromHome.

Abiding Courage Exhibit

I Voted

First Place

Artist: Nayana LaFond, MA

As an artist I have pursued themes related to perseverance and courage for a long time. When I painted I Voted it began much like all other paintings I have done. I wasn't quite sure what it would say or even be but I had an image in my mind which needed to be painted. As a First Nations American woman the concept of courage and voting rights has been in the background of my civic consciousness since I was able to vote. As we approach the 2020 election year the need for representation in voting becomes more pronounced. Some people see her as voting despite not having a recognized voice and others see it as her vote didn't count because her voice is not recognized. I prefer to allow the viewer to determine its meaning for them. The point is to simply elicit thought and discussion.

Medium: Acrylic on canvas

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(Survival) Vote for Earth

Honorable Mention

Artist: Isabel Cotarelo, NY

I came to voting age in Argentina, my country of birth, at a time when democracy and voting rights died under military ruling.

It took many years and migrating to the United States of America for me to embrace the powerful feeling of exercising my rights. Among these rights is the right to vote to elect the people who will represent me, promote prosperity, peace, equality, consider the planet and leave a better place for future generations.

Presently, my work is focusing on helping develop more awareness about the most pressing issue of our time: climate change. Therefore, every vote cast this November should be imprinted with that request. Save the only house we have.

Medium: Mixed media on cotton fabric

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Viragos

Honorable Mention

Artist: Sarah Hillman, MI

I love painting portraits of people, either to capture what is unique about them or to celebrate them in their natural environment. I usually work in watercolors when painting people, but I've recently expanded to work in a digital format, and I've found it to be very rewarding. Branching out to include digital drawing has opened up art styles for me that I'd never thought to explore before, like pop art. These portraits of suffragettes were done to honor some of the women who fought bravely for our right to vote. Many of them faced other enormous challenges as well, like those who fought for racial equality, civil rights and labor rights. The bright backgrounds were chosen to showcase each suffragists portrait as a unique individual, and as a nod to the pop art style which, just like the women's suffragist movement, is renowned for challenging tradition.

Medium: Digital drawing

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Vote - Love

Honorable Mention

Artist: Richard Petrocelli, RI

This poster-style work is a tribute to the courage and hope enabled by the exercise of our hard earned and freedom affirming right to vote.

Medium: Oil on canvas

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Justice + Equality

Honorable Mention

Artist: Joanie Landau, CT

Each of my pieces begins with original photography and multiple images are used to form a piece. I love working with saturated color as well as starkly contrasting black and whites and very often do a study of the same piece in all its beautiful transformations.

The digital art experience provides an outlet to be unceasingly creative, continually working and reworking pieces with the click of a mouse. Every new layer or filter creates endless possibilities, tapping into the unlocked potential that exists and providing the feeling that there are no barriers.

Having grown up in New York City, I am continually inspired by the messages that are plastered around the grittier areas of the urban landscape. Channeling these messages led to my first pieces, political and provocative in nature, as well as exploring the power of language. Using direct communication from the streets as well as social media, my intention is to confront modern social commentary with a splash of sarcasm and humor.

Medium: Digital art, using photography and graphic design techniques

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Resistance

Honorable Mention

Artist: Joanie Landau, CT

Medium: Digital art, using photography and graphic design techniques

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I Voted

Artist: Beverly Silva, RI

Mixed media collage is my passion! I love its immediacy and unpredictability. Using images culled from various sources, I can work intuitively, creating a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Building with geometric shapes and textural elements, each piece I add suggests the next. Collage lets me do more than I could ever do with paint alone to tell a story, make a statement, or evoke a feeling.

Medium: Mixed media collage

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Entangled

Artist: Sheila Smith, RI

The main focus of my work has been social commentary especially relating to gender issues. Through portraiture I have delved into women’s roles and self-awareness. I paint the figure in abstract places and incongruous settings depicting their aspirations, struggles, courage and accomplishments. These allegories reveal the expectations and limitations placed on women by our society. Imagery comes from direct observation, photographs and the imagination. I paint a collage of ideas, sowing humor and irony. I suspend belief, pose questions and portray contradiction.

Medium: Oil on canvas

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Arabic Translation - The New Colossus

Artist: Joy Nagy, NY

Crumpled works, each a fragile piece of porcelain clay is inscribed in a different language, written work translates a portion of Emma Lazarus’s poem “The New Colossus“ in over 23 languages, a work in progress. The inspiration for this body of work comes from my thoughts of my grandmother who as a lone teenager emmigrated from Hungary. I wondered who might have translated Emma Lazarus’s poem to my grandmother as her passenger ship entered New York Harbor. Translations provided by friends and acquaintances in the languages of the countries from which they emigrated.

Chinese Translation - The New Colossus;  Spanish Translation - The New Colossus

The diversity of languages in this project represents my world as an American citizen. This exhibition celebrates the revelation that my life has been enriched and enhanced by those that surround me. The purpose of this work is to give the viewers a time to pause and reflect on those that surround them as residents and citizens of the world, and to salute the abiding courage of my Grandmother.

Medium: White porcelain clay

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Wallpaper

Artist: Ajay Gustafson, CO

My artwork is exploring themes of family and identity theories within non-traditional family structures such as trans-racial family narratives.

Medium: Oil on fabric panel

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Caution Patriarchy Disruption Zone

Artist: Jenny Balisle, CA

2020 is the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment allowing women the right to vote. Clinton received 2,868,691 more votes than Trump. Sexism is interwoven into systemic discrimination and progress (aka “equality”) feels like oppression to the privileged. Women will reclaim equality.

Medium: Acrylic

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Pussy Hats

Artist: Cathy Chin, RI

My friends and I marched at the RI Statehouse in the Women’s Day Protest on Jan 21, 2017. This painting is a group portrait of us on a very fine day.

Medium: Acrylic on canvas on wood

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Walking to Freedom

Artist: Julia Feldman, CA

I strive to open discussion by employing art, specifically made of found materials, to incorporate social engagement and public interaction. My commitment is to issues encompassing autochthonous people, global politics, and sustainability. The choice of materials, experimentation, and the process of creating is the hypothesis of using art to change the world. Solutions are found in the discussion of the possibilities made from informed decisions and a process of reflecting and communicating a range of ideas that reflect personal tastes and cultural identifications. Informed decisions can be aided by the process of reflecting and communicating a range of ideas that resonate with personal tastes and cultural identifications.

Medium: Cotton and found objects

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Uncropped Wings

Artist: Julia Feldman, CA

Medium: Repurposed cotton, hand embroidery, found objects, wire

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La Inmigrante

Artist: Cynthia DiDonato, RI

My artwork is testament to the courageous families that travel through very difficult terrain to seek asylum. They value the freedoms which include the right to vote in a free society such as America.

Medium: Digital art

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Jailed Suffragette

Artist: Elinor Thompson, RI

I have chosen this event to depict, as many young women are not aware of the struggles American women had to get the right to vote.

Many American suffragettes were arrested and jailed 6 days to 6 months picketing for the right to vote in front of the White House gates.

Arrested on “The Night of Terror“ November 14, 1917, suffragettes were jailed at Occoquan Workhouse, Virginia, were violently beaten for refusing to put on prison garb, and went on a hunger strike.

Medium: Glazed stoneware frieze

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Participating

Artist: Bonnie Jaffe, RI

From the Women's March in Providence, January 2017

Medium: Photography

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Grab Back

Artist: Pauline Hudel Smith, TX

My current work is called “Dissent,” defined as political and socially driven visuals designed to communicate and are a direct reaction to the current national discourse. Assimilating art into the culture can create meaningful citizen engagement and encourage a sense of belonging in communities. Artists/designers have a special skill set to strategize, problem solve and innovate, providing visual solutions for positive social impact. My work concentrates on the catalytic role of art/design, how visual messages communicate ideas and connect with audiences.

A portion of my work is devoted to under represented groups who are also under represented by art/design. For example, Grab Back is an advocacy poster created for women in protest, created to give women a stronger visual voice in the women’s marches and making art an accessible resource to everyone, democratizing this powerful tool. These posters support gender equality and freedom of speech and are an opportunity to guide, inspire.

Medium: Digital print

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19th Amendment

Artist: Pauline Hudel Smith, TX

Medium: Digital art

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Sojourner Truth

Artist: Jasmine Rose, MA

My name is Jasmine Rose. I work primarily in marker, ink, digital drawing, and other various mediums. I have a passion for illustrating portraits, often with bold color and contrast. Combining mediums, I use color to showcase the spirit of the subjects I draw.

Medium: Digital art, Marker

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The Courage to Play Our Hand

Artist: Susan Kelly Scotti, RI

My past work typically features animals however, this exhibit has inspired me to look closer at the world around me and be inspired by the women who have led us in the past and those who are working towards a better tomorrow, today. Though we celebrate the work they have accomplished, there is still so much to do.

One of the great joys of working in a physical medium is letting the creation tell you what it wants to be. This was truly the experience with my Abiding Courage piece. It is not my original design, it is the piece it is supposed to be.

I hope it will capture people's attention and make them think. My goal is for my work to speak to you as much as it has spoken to me. In doing this, I hope to remind everyone that we are a part of a greater whole, so that we may all come together to play our hand.

Medium: Mixed - Stoneware, oxides and glazes,wood and paints

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Identity + The Sum of Parts

Artist: Tina Ybarra, CA

Although I think of my art as extremely personal, I believe the themes are somewhat universal. The subject matter will likely include inequalities pertaining to gender or social status; the state of education; the failings of organized religion, or faith and spirituality versus religion; or anything that catches my eye and sparks an idea.

I think art should change the world. With each new canvas or page, I endeavor to change my small part of the world for the better. With each new idea or concept, I hope to send an ever-increasing ripple effect that could someday wash away the recurring atrocities and injustice that tend to plague humankind.

I am often inspired by things I see on TV or hear on the radio. However, more often than not, my own reality becomes the subject of my work--expelling my darkest fears, revealing pent up frustrations, or releasing my deepest hopes.

Medium: Mixed media on canvas

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Featured Sculptures

The above 24 works of art reside alongside featured Abiding Courage sculptures to create a thought-provoking partnership of history and contemporary art. The sculptures commemorate just a few of the thousands of heroic women who stood up for the first time to demand their rights.

Featured Sculptures