Photo Credit: “Women Earned the Right to Vote” – Quilt by Maggie Peterson, Remsen, NY; Sally Casler, Little Falls, NY; Yulia Levkovich, Utica, NY; Teresa VanEtten, Whitesboro, NY; Virginia Keith, Waterville, NY

by Jane Malin

“Wire was chosen as the base material used to crochet the ‘Quote Dress.’ The wire’s strength, durability, and flexibility serve as a metaphor for the will power and persistence of the women who pursued – for decades – the passage of the 19th Amendment.” – Connie Pratt, Utica, NY

Exhibit and Auction…

The Women’s Fund of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc. presents Art of the Vote, an exhibit and auction celebrating the 19th Amendment – An exhibit to be featured at Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute now through March 28, 2021, and at the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts during the month of May 2021.

The Women’s Fund’s mission is to create economic, educational, and personal growth opportunities for women and girls. It is with this mandate that we commissioned 10 works of art by Central New York artists. Over 40 artists submitted applications. Each of the 10 chosen entries is a personal depiction of the Suffragist Movement, the passage of the 19th Amendment, and women’s right to vote. With this exhibition, The Women’s Fund pays tribute to our foremothers who not only fought for the right to vote but they also literally laid the foundation for women to hold the highest office in the United States.

Art of the Vote celebrates generations of famous and anonymous figures who lobbied, marched, and were jailed in pursuit of gaining the right to vote for women.

The works of art inspired by these visionaries are on exhibit at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute through March 28, 2021. They will be displayed at the MVCA 401 Gallery during the month of May 2021.

100 Years – Stephen Fletcher, Forestport, NY – “Women have been fighting a long road to rid this country of the prejudices of unequal employment, pay, voting, and legal rights. These issues need to be further addressed and fought for.”