This online exhibition presents the portfolio 10 x 10: Ten Women / Ten Prints, which was published by the Berkeley Art Center in 1995 to commemorate that year’s International Women’s Day (March 8th) and the 75thanniversary of the adoption of the 19thamendment, which gave women in the U.S. the right to vote.
Each of the portfolio’s ten prints was created by a different artist. All are women, and as a group, they represent the racial and ethnic diversity of the United States. A number of the artists are also social justice activists. Their prints tackle both the public and private struggles that women from different backgrounds and walks of life still strive to overcome in our culture. The portfolio was printed by Jos Sances, founder of Alliance Graphics, which has long supported social justice organizations in the Bay Area.
The portfolio was exhibited at the Ulrich in its entirety in 1996. We are excited to make it widely available to viewers this year. August 26, 2020 marks the 100thanniversary of the adoption of the 19thamendment, which was the result of a protracted civil rights struggle. The anniversary, moreover, falls on an important election year when women’s participation will make an enormous difference. Fittingly, the portfolio was given to the Ulrich in 1996 by the Women’s Studies Program (now the Center for Women’s Studies). We are grateful to this storied WSU academic program for a gift that has allowed the Museum to continue to participate in larger national conversations about the role of feminism and women’s political and social concerns in our culture.
With this online exhibition, the Ulrich is proud to contribute to the efforts of the Feminist Art Coalition, which has brought under one umbrella numerous exhibitions of feminist art in U.S. museums in 2020-2021.
We are also proud to support local Wichita efforts to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19thamendment. More information can be found on the website of the League of Women Voters and by following the LWV on Facebook.
For anyone interested in learning more about the history of women’s suffrage in the U.S., we strongly recommend the podcast Hindsight: Looking Back at 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage, created by WSU History professor Dr. Robin Henry for for Wichita’s NPR station, KMUW.
This exhibition was curated by Nellie Elliott, the Ulrich’s 2019-2020 Mary Joan Waid curatorial intern, with guidance from Ulrich curator Ksenya Gurshtein. We are deeply grateful to Mary Joan Waid for providing the funds that allow the Ulrich to offer WSU students professional development and mentorship opportunities.
Banner: Faith Ringgold, Jo Baker's Birthday, 1995. Screen print; paper, 22 H x 22 W in. Gift of the Women's Studies Program WSU.
Previous page banner: Ruth Morgan, Percenda, 1995. Screen print; paper, 22 H x 22 W in. Gift of the Women's Studies Program WSU.
Previous page small banner: Yolanda M. López, Women’s Work is Never Done, 1995. Screen print; paper, 22 H x 22 W in. Gift of the Women's Studies Program WSU.
TALK TO US!
Putting the Pieces Together: Is Women’s Work Ever Done?
We want to hear from all of our audiences, and particularly WSU students, on the critical issues presented by each of the ten women artists in this online exhibition. How do you see their relevance in our world today…and tomorrow?
Share your thoughts with us using this submission form! All WSU students who submit a response are eligible to be entered in a prize drawing for a 500-piece Votes for Women puzzle. One winner will be selected at random and will be notified on November 7, 2020. Deadline for submissions is November 1, 2020.