STATUES.com Launches “Where Are The Women?” Crowdfunding Campaign
Marking 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote by creating 20 historic statues by 2020
Press Release – SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 3, 2018) — STATUES.com yesterday live-launched a crowdfunding campaign to bolster public recognition of trailblazing women in American history by creating a first-of-its-kind 20-piece statue collection.
The “Where are the Women: Shaping Women’s History Through Sculpture” event took place at the Impact Hub in Salt Lake City, featuring a two-story historical art display of large-scale photographs, videos and live sculpting. The first three statues of the new collection were unveiled, including Susan B. Anthony, Juliette Gordon Low and Ida B. Wells. Additionally, a panel of experts addressed female visibility both past and present.
“It’s extremely important that women who have made a difference in the world we live in are visible,” said Salt Lake City mayor, Jackie Biskupski, in a video played at the event. “More of those stories need to be revealed, more youth inspired, more women stepping up and leading. Our voices matter and I think the world would be very different if more women were leading.”
The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Art Inventories Cataloghas estimated that out of 5,200 public statues in the U.S. depicting historical figures, less than 400 are of women – many of which are nameless and allegorical in nature.
“For more than forty years, our family has played a key role in shaping history through sculpture,” said Victoria Karpos, custom project coordinator for STATUES.com. “Recognizing the gender gap within our own industry, we decided now was the time to create a special collection highlighting the extraordinary women in America who have fought diligently for the rights of all.”
With a crowdfunding goal of $30,000, the new collection will feature 7.5 inch busts of 20 trailblazing women from the 19th and 20th centuries who made an impact across politics, education, science and the arts. Once in production, the statues will be similar to others that the company has sold at the Smithsonian and other museum gift shops across the country, including Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Lincoln, Ben Franklin, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, Martin Luther King and many more.
For a complete list of women to be featured in the collection, and for more information, visit wherearethewomen.us and https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wherearethewomen/a-new-sculpture-bust-collection-of-20-badass-ameri
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