When Sara Vance Waddell heard about the Women’s March on Washington, she began to reach out to friends on Facebook to gather their posters so she could mount an exhibition of the protest art in her home gallery.
“I want this exhibition to continue sharing the voices of all those that marched in January for all the causes important to them,” Waddell said.
Waddell is the founder of the FemFour, a Cincinnati-based group of socially minded women who assembled the exhibition “with the aim of keeping the words and images made and deployed by human rights advocates who took to the streets of cities around the country this past January circulating within the public sphere,” according to a press release. The other members include activist Maria Seda-Reeder, education director of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center Jaime Thompson and Wave Pool director Cal Cullan.
Art League Director Stephanie Harris said the gallery provides a platform for artists to express themselves, much like the FemFour is doing with the new exhibit.
“Within our gallery space, we really promote freedom of speech and freedom of expression,” Harris said.
Harris said the gallery displays real messages from real people. She said Waddell “wanted to document a moment in time that was really important to people.”
Waddell’s gallery is dedicated to women artists. She has amassed more than 200 posters, signs, sculpture pieces, pussy hats, capes, banners and other ephemeral works from protests around the country.
“With so much protest art coming in from all over the country, I decided that the exhibition must be out in public for all to see and to travel if possible,” Waddell said.
“Still They Persist: Protest Art of the 2017 Women's Marches” will continually be re-contextualized and added to as it travels, Waddell said. The exhibition will be also be displayed at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center in October.
In Lexington, the exhibition will coincide with the opening of “Castlewood Downs,” an outdoor, public sculpture exhibition in Castlewood Park which “aims to establish a larger, community wide public art program that will be a consistent source of creative discovery for the great Lexington region,” according to a press release.
If you go
‘Still They Persist’
What: Protest Art of the 2017 Women’s March and selected works by Susan Shie
When: July 28-Aug. 13
Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri., 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Sun.
Opening reception: 6-9 p.m. July 28
Where: Loudoun House, 209 Castlewood Dr.
Online: Lexingtonartleague.org, Stilltheypersist.com