August 27 - November 21, 2020
From the Printing Museum”
“2020 marks the centennial of ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote in 1920. It was the first legislation for women’s voting rights. Not until the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 were voting rights of all women protected and enforced, and intimidation tactics progressively eliminated. AIGA, the professional association for design, is commemorating this milestone with a poster campaign entitled Get Out the Vote: Empowering the Women’s Vote, encouraging “get out the vote” efforts across the nation. The Printing Museum is proud to partner with AIGA to present an exhibition of a core group of curated posters by women of design from the campaign. The exhibition will be on view August 27 through November 21, 2020.
The Get Out the Vote: Empowering the Women’s Vote poster campaign, invites AIGA members to design nonpartisan posters to commemorate 100 years of women’s voting rights. This campaign aspires to not only support voter participation, but to also serve as a backdrop for dialogue and examination of the history of voting rights and women’s fight for equality. The focus of the campaign is an online gallery of original, nonpartisan posters designed by AIGA members for printing and public distribution.
Posters from the Empowering the Women’s Vote campaign will be on exhibit at Carnegie Mellon’s Institute for Contemporary Art (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania); Michigan State University’s Union Art Gallery (East Lansing, Michigan); Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (San Diego, California); the RISD Museum (Providence, Rhode Island); Theatre Squared (Fayetteville, Arkansas); among other institutions.
This civic engagement initiative wields the power of design to motivate American citizens to register and cast their ballots in the 2020 general election, as well as their local elections. Working in collaboration with the League of Women Voters and Nonprofit VOTE, AIGA is activating its community of designers to create a collection of public art and messages that can be used to commemorate 100 years of the women’s vote and encourage and inspire all voting-age populations to exercise their civic rights. Get Out the Vote is part of AIGA’s Design for Democracy initiative.
“We are proud to partner with AIGA, The League of Women Voters, Nonprofit VOTE and other co-exhibiting institutions to not only commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, but also to encourage broader civic participation” stated The Printing Museum Executive Director Brian Hodge. “Diverse voices using design to enlighten, inform, and inspire is central to our mission.”
“This project was conceived in 2018—as a historic opportunity to unify and celebrate women of design while focusing their talents toward an important civic goal. While we could not have predicted what 2020 would bring, we do know that the democracy we are a part of can only work when we each speak up, and vote,” said project initiators Kelly Salchow MacArthur, Professor of Graphic Design at Michigan State University and President Emerita of AIGA Detroit; Nancy Skolos, Professor, Department of Graphic Design at Rhode Island School of Design and AIGA Medalist; and Frances Yllana, AIGA President’s Council Chair and AIGA Design for Democracy Chair.
“Civic engagement is part of the heart of design. Making information, especially voter information, accessible and understandable strengthens and enhances our democracy,” said AIGA Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson. “I’m proud of the work our design community has done to celebrate 100 years of empowering women’s vote and to inspire their fellow citizens to take action in November.”
Visit VOTE411.org to find out about upcoming elections in your community, check your voter registration, and find out what’s on your local ballot. Learn more about AIGA Design for Democracy, which continues to advocate for civic engagement through voter education, registration, and access. If you would like information about absentee voting during COVID-19, Nonprofit VOTE has information along with Countdown to the Election resources.
Mariana Amatullo, Melinda Beck, Audrey Grace Bennett, Rachel Berger, Nancy Bernardo, Johanna Björk, Alicia Cheng, Karen Cheng, Emily Comfort, Meredith Davis, Karen Davison, Fearn Cutler de Vicq, Alice Drueding, Jenny El-Shamy, Gabrielle Esperdy, Karin Fong, Dinah Fried, Shiraz Abdullahi Gallab, Sarah Gephart, Bryony Gomez Palacio, Denise Gonzales Crisp, Annabelle Gould, April Greiman, Margo Halverson, Laurie Haycock Makela, Karin Hibma, Lucinda Hitchcock, Shawné Michaelain Holloway, Brockett Horne, Terry Irwin, Lynn Kiang, Nicole Killian, Karen Kurycki, Katie Lee, Zuzana Licko, Ana Llorente, Beatriz Lozano, Marisol Lua, Su Mathews Hale, Christine Mau, Marty Maxwell Lane, Rebeca Méndez, Jennifer Morla, Takayo Muroga Fredericks, Kali Nikitas, Arzu Ozkal, Alex Proba, Elizabeth Resnick, Christina Rigsby, Lana Rigsby, Kelly Salchow MacArthur, Kaleena Sales, Louise Sandhaus, Paula Scher, Reneé Seward, Laurel Shoemaker, Bonnie Siegler, Nancy Skolos, Hannah Smotrich, Shanti Sparrow, Deanna Sperrazza, Jennifer Sterling, Elysia Syriac, Rebecca Tegtmeyer, Tricia Treacy, Jenn Visocky O’Grady, Hilary Dana Walrod, Kelly Walters, Cymone Wilder, Frances Yllana, Lynne Yun
This exhibition is funded in part by AIGA: the professional association for design and The City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.
Artists Panel Discussion with curators Nancy Skolos and Kelly Salchow MacArthur
Friday, August 28, 2020
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Panel: August 28, 2020 | 12–1 pm
Artists Panel Discussion with curators Nancy Skolos and Kelly Salchow MacArthur. See Zoom registration in the event.
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