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According to the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum’s Art Inventories Catalog, as of 2011, only 394, or less than 8 percent of the 5,193 public outdoor sculptures of individuals in the United States, were of women, compared with 4,799 of men. More than ever we are a visual society. If we set a higher value on what we see and experience, what does it mean when women aren’t part of our public art, history textbooks, and media? Whether they have made a footprint in their community, or taken lead in the country, these women’s stories are meant to be heard.

Sponsored by / Kevin and Jenny Kendrick Charitable Giving Fund, Randi and Tsune (Tsuneharu) Kawakita and Larry and Ellie Schroeder


20/20 Vision

JAN 25 - AUG 31
Exhibit in the Museum of Science & Art

Explore 20/20 Vision: Seeing HERstory as we take an in-depth view of women’s contributions to the nation and the local community that shaped the last 100 years in the U.S. See the portraits of and learn about local Michigan women making a difference today and the change makers of tomorrow.

Redefining Representation: The Women of the 116th Congress

JAN 25 - MAR 29
exhibit in the Museum of Science & Art

Just over a century ago, Jeannette Rankin of Montana won a seat in the House of Representatives, becoming the first woman ever elected to federal office. In 1917, 128 years after the first United States Congress convened, she was sworn into its 65th session. One hundred and two years later, one has become 131 — the number of women serving in both chambers of the 116th Congress for 2019-2020.

This exhibit of portraits, first published as its own 16-page section in the New York Times in January 2019, features striking images of the women who now serve in the House and Senate. Internationally-renowned photographers Elizabeth Herman and Celeste Sloman turn the traditionally male art form of portraiture on its head and evoke the imagery we are used to seeing in the halls of power, but place people not previously seen as powerful starkly in the frames. 

20/20 Vision Exhibit Artwork

Title IX

NOW - AUG 31
in the Arbury Gallery of the Doan History Center

Explore 20/20 Vision: Seeing HERstory as we take an in-depth view of women’s contributions to the nation and the local community that shaped the last 100 years in the U.S. This exhibit is an extension of the 20/20 Vision special exhibit at the Museum of Science & Art, exploring the timeline and influence of Title IX.

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About the Perspective Series

Bringing community partners together to open doors for conversation about community topics and artistic ideas through education, storytelling and creativity.

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