Pro Arts is proud to present STILL THEY PERSIST: Protest Art of the 2017 Women’s Marches from November 2nd until November 30th, 2018 at Pro Arts Gallery. This touring exhibition of political posters, curated by FemFour aims to keep the voices and images of resistance from the Women’s March circulating in the public sphere. On November 2nd and as part of the opening reception festivities at Pro Arts, join members of the FemFour for a discussion on the STILL THEY PERSIST collection, the role of art in protest and civic empowerment, and the complexities of exhibiting a living archive.

The exhibition has been on view at Wave Pool Gallery, (Cincinnati, OH: May 20 – Jun 24, 2017); the Lexington Art League, (Lexington, KY: Jul 28 – Aug 13, 2017); The Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati, OH: Oct 6 – 22, 2017); KMAC Museum (Louisville, KY: Dec 16, 2017 –Jan 7, 2018); and Salisbury University, (Salisbury, MD: Jan 22 – March 16, 2018).

Contributing artists include: Rebecca Allan, Inna Babaeva, Hannah Barnes, Colin C. Boyd, Dorothy Burge, Amanda Brinkman, Marion Coleman, Laurel Garcia Colvin, Carolyn Crump, Skylar Davis, Lizzy DuQuette, Jen Edwards, Donelle Estey, Tracy Featherstone, Carla Fernández, L’Merchie Frazier, Gigi Gatewood, Christine Dianne Guiyangco, Micol Hebron, Sylvia Hernandez, Tierney Davis Hogan, Niki Johnson, Colleen Kelsey, Ann B.Kim, Andrea Lauer, Julie Mader-Meersman, Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, Coralina Rodriguez Meyer, Ayisha Kishili Miller, Ed Johnetta Miller, Marilyn Minter, Alessandra Mondolfi, Jim Neuberger, Suharu Ogawa, Melanie Oliva, Migiwa Orimo, Michele Pred, Dakota Rais, Heather Lea Reid, Ursula Roma, Jacinda Russell, Isaias SalgadoSarah Sandman, Susan Shie, Sea Sprang, Sarah Stolar, Amber Stucke, Keer Tanchak, Wendy White, Nina Yankowitz, Felicia Young, and many more.

About 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, FemFour, a group of Cincinnati-based artists and arts advocates, put together a traveling, ever-evolving archive of posters and placards, sculptures, textiles, and photo documentation from the day collected by the arts philanthropist and collector Sara M. Vance Waddell. Each exhibition is curated to center the issues in the hands and on the minds of artists and activists at each location.

Catalogue

Amplifying the voices in this exhibition is a 190+ page color catalogue with detailed images of these objects of resistance, which includes critical essays by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, Micol Hebron, Betti-Sue Hertz, Noel Anderson, and Jenny Ustick; as well as photographic documentation from the day as seen through the eyes of the artists and activists who were on the ground, around the country on January 21st, 2017. Book design by Calcagno Cullen; all proceeds from sales of the book go to Heartfelt Tidbits, a Cincinnati-based non-profit refugee service organization.

About the FemFour

Initially intended to populate a large wall space in her personal home gallery, art collector, philanthropist, perennial board member, and museum docent volunteer Sara M. Vance Waddell began soliciting signs from artists as soon as she knew there would be a Women’s march on Washington. Enlisting the help of independent curator and art critic Maria Seda-Reeder as well as Wave Pool Gallery’s Executive Director and social practice artist Calcagno Cullen, the group then brought on board the Contemporary Arts Center’s Curator of Education, Jaime Thompson to round out their mission: keeping the words and images of progressive activists and allies in the minds and hearts of the public.

The exhibition and catalogue are made possible through the generous support of: The Vance Waddell Family; Game Day Communications; Jennie Rosenthal Berliant; Kari & David Ellis; Jeff & Tina Waddell; Lauren Hannan Shafer; Betsy, Amy, Justine and Ava Neyer; Phillip J. Nuxhall; Mu Sinclaire and the Sinclaire Family Foundation; Carol Sanger; Beth Rauh & Lisa Campbell; Rick Pescovitz & Kelly Mahan; Helen Stambler Neuberger & Jim Neuberger; Molly F. Prues; Helio Fred Garcia and Laurel Garcia Colvin; Jane Frances Fisher; Barbara Hauser Ron & David Houck Nebel; Dr. Arthur Pancioli & Dr. Lisa Larkin; Debbie Sebastian; Rachel Roberts; Michael Stillion Bombshells of Cincinnati; Herbert Robinson & Barbara Sferra; Donna S. Collins; Susan Berliant; and Maria Kalomenidou.

Related Public Program

Opening Reception & Talk: Friday, November 2nd, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Talk at 7:00 p.m.

PRESS

At FotoFocus, the Radical Notion That Women Are People, Aperture (Oct. 26, 2017) 

Taking it to the gallery: Signs of Women’s March go on exhibit, Lexington Herald Leader (July 27, 2017)

This exhibition is made possible by the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the Fleishhacker Foundation, and the City of Oakland, Cultural Funding Program.