Initially intended to populate a large wall space in her personal home gallery, art collector, philanthropist, board member of multiple non-profits, 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.
Still They Persist
A Project by FemFour
An Introduction from the Collector
Still They Persist: Protest Art from the 2017 Women’s Marches started as my idea to collect protest signs and posters to mount a small exhibition in my home gallery.
Two weeks before the marches, I put out on Facebook for anyone interested to send me their protest signs and art. The response was beyond my expectations. And I soon realized this work needed a bigger audience than my home gallery could support. Read more.
So, I assembled fellow activists Marie Seda-Reder, Jaime Thompson and Cal Cullan to help me turn this collection into a traveling exhibition for the public. We call ourselves, FemFour.
This project has been an intense labor of love. And like with most projects, it takes a village. I want to thank my village for all their work in taking a small idea and making it into “Still They Persist”.
First and foremost, thanks to the members of FemFour, who have been working hard over the last couple of months to get this project organized and for reaching out across the country to secure venues for exhibiting it.
To my wife Michelle, who put up with signs and posters all over the house for months. Her unwavering support has been a godsend to me.
To Stephanie Harris, Executive Director of Lexington Art League for getting behind this project from the beginning.
To Janet Hill, Jaime Thompson, Carolyn Mazloomi, Megan Miller and Michael Solway for collecting posters from artists, friends and even off the streets, thank you. Huge thanks to “my man” and artist Michael Stillion for designing our very cool Still They Persist logo, and for donating his and his wife’s signs as well as collecting those of others.
Finally, thanks to the first three exhibition venues; Wave Pool, Lexington Art League and the Contemporary Arts Center.
Sara Vance Waddell