The Emily David Gallery at the University of Akron’s Myers School of Art Now has just opened a timely and thought-provoking show called Suffrage: Inequality. Persistence. Justice.
It features the work of seven women artists: two Myers School of Art alums, Amber Anderson and Shani Richards, and five noted northeast Ohio artists: April Bleakney, Elizabeth Emery, Corrie Slawson, Adrienne Slane and Rebekah Wilhelm. All of their work looks at women who fought to expand access to the ballot.
The pieces include photos of Ohio sites relating to suffrage by Anderson and a metal collar honoring the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice by Richards. Bleakney is showing prints based on the Women’s March’s of 2017 and 2018, while Emery and Slawson collaborated on prints featuring women who have spoken out and acted on behalf of women, from Harriet Tubman to such modern figures as Kamala Harris, and congresswomen Maxine Waters, Alma Adams and Frederica Wilson.
Slane made hand-cut collages reflecting the crafts skills women developed when they were blocked from participating in the so-called “fine arts.” And Wilhelm made an installation that suggests barriers to advancement.
The show will be on view through mid-December; it’s free and open to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday @ 10am-5pm.