The Gallery @ SUNY Broome will feature A Celebration of Suffragists Through Art in honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. This event is co-sponsored by the SUNY Broome Suffrage Anniversary sub-group of the Broome Tioga Suffrage Anniversary Committee.
The exhibit runs from Oct. 12 through 26 at the Gallery, which is located on the first floor of the SUNY Broome Library. Gallery hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
An opening reception will run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12.
The classical realist life-size portrait drawings were created by Beginning Drawing students taught by Associate Professor Evans, and explore notable iconic suffragists throughout history rendered in charcoal, pencil and mixed media. In addition, a group of logotypes celebrating 100 years of women voting in New York State will be on display, designed by Vestal High School students enrolled in the Fast Forward Introduction to Computer Graphics course taught by Melissa Restuccia.
Associate Professor Patricia Evans offered to have her ART 115: Beginning Drawing students research the history of suffragists, including birth and death records and their contributions toward the vote for women, culminating in a profound lesson on social and cultural history. Her students enthusiastically took on the challenge of researching the individual roles beginning in the 19th century, and then began the process of creating a likeness based on archival photographs. Of special note is Catherine Ruch Bartoo, a local woman’s right activist who was an art teacher and musician; her drawing was donated by the student to SUNY Broome’s permanent art collection. Drawings were also displayed at the Tioga County Courthouse on Aug. 19.
At the invitation of Associate Professor Margherita Rossi, Professor Evans delivered, installed and presented the drawings to the fifth annual Conference of the Democratic Women of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes this summer from June 2 through June 3 in Seneca Falls, New York. Keynote speakers included Congresswoman Grace Meng and Louise Bernikow, noted author of six books on this subject.
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