“Suffrage 100” Honors Century of Voting Rights Activism

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Kicking off the 2020–21 art exhibit season, the Sue and Eugene Mercy Jr. Gallery will present Suffrage 100, a collection of work by female artists marking the 100-year anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which secured voting rights for women.

The exhibit will be on display via a public online gallery beginning on Friday, September 4.

Connect to the Suffrage 100 online gallery.

Suffrage 100 features artwork in a variety of media by 19 artists of the A.I.R. Gallery of Brooklyn, N.Y., a nonprofit gallery for women that is directed and maintained by artists. When it opened nearly 40 years ago, A.I.R. Gallery was the first of its kind to be established in the United States.

The exhibit, conceived and co-curated by Jennifer McCandless, Loomis Chaffee Visual Arts Department head and director of the Mercy Gallery, and multi-media artist Ellyn Weiss, celebrates the success of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. According to the curators’ statement, “The suffragists embodied assertiveness, resolve, strategic brilliance and a refusal to accept marginalization — all enduring qualities of the activist movements worldwide today. In addition to celebrating their achievement, this anniversary raises a host of fascinating and sometimes fraught issues.” The A.I.R. artists were invited to explore these ideas in their submissions to the exhibit.

Connect to the A.I.R. website for more information about the organization.

We regret that public, in-person visitation to the Mercy Gallery is not permitted at this time due to COVID-19 safety restrictions. Students and faculty who have permission to be on campus and are observing COVID-19 safety protocols may view the exhibition in the Richmond Art Center during regular school hours from Friday September 4 until November 1. All are invited to enjoy the online exhibit.

For more information, connect to the Mercy Gallery page of the Loomis Chaffee website.