Nationwide Story Quilt Challenge
New Exhibit Marks a Century of Progress Toward Equality for Women and Girls and Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, 1920 – 2020
Universal enfranchisement, the right to vote, is a fundamental democratic principle many Americans take for granted. Yet it remains an ideal, not fully realized, for some groups in the United States even now. Women’s Suffrage took many decades of dedicated organizing, the tireless and courageous actions of countless individuals, and over 144 years of social, economic and political progress, before the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution passed, permitting women to vote in Federal elections for the first time. The Century of Women’s Progress Project is celebrating that democratic milestone with a special online exhibit of story quilts focused on progress for women and girls during the century since.
The Century of Women’s Progress Project is a voluntary collaboration of quilt enthusiasts, arts organizations, and museum and historical groups in the San Francisco Bay Area. The group launched its Story Quilt Challenge in 2019 with a nationwide call for small quilts (30” high x 20” wide) accompanied by short essays on the subject matter and inspiration for each quilt. Entrants were permitted two entries due in January 2020. Entries were juried by a panel of three art and fiber experts, Inez Brooks-Myers, Patricia Guthrie and Rosa Valdez, supported by historian Melinda McCrary.
The resulting collection of 25 engaging story quilts is featured in our online gallery now through February of 2022. Additionally, Voices in Cloth 2020, the Bay Area’s premier quilt show, will include a special exhibit of these quilts. Hosted by East Bay Heritage Quilters, the biennial show will take place August 22 and 23, 2020 at Craneway Pavilion, on the waterfront in Richmond, California. For more information on Voices in Cloth 2020, click here.
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