The Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University is pleased to present Empowering the Women’s Vote and 63 Suffragists of Color. Every four years since 2000, AIGA (the leading professional organization for design) has activated its community of designers across the U.S. and beyond to Get Out the Vote through its Design for Democracy campaign. In 2020, AIGA recognizes the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in 1920.
A collection of posters, designed by AIGA members, will be displayed in the Grunwald Gallery and will be accompanied by a special commemorative quilt by Bloomington artist Patricia Coleman. The quilt, titled “63 Suffragists of Color” highlights 63 suffragists including Native Americans, Latinxs, Asians, and women of other backgrounds. The ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920 allowed white women in the U.S. to vote, but it was not until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that Black people were ensured voting rights. Suffragists are at work today to ensure that all Americans can exercise their right to vote.
This exhibition is supported by Indiana University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Research. The Grunwald Gallery would also like thank Patricia Coleman for lending 63 Suffragists of Color, and to AIGA Empowering the Women’s Vote team. A panel discussion will be held on February 26th; more details to be announced.