Undefeated: Canvas(s)ing the Politics of Voter Suppression since Women's Suffrage
An exhibit by WVU Libraries
Online Debut: August 2020, Zoom Webinar opening TBD
Print Debut at Downtown Campus Library: Spring 2021
Lead Curator: Sally Brown Deskins, MA, Exhibits Coordinator, WVU Libraries, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lead Designer: Eve Faulkes
Online Exhibit Designer: Travis Williamson
Designs on event postcard image: top left: Gabrielle Pfeil; top right: Kevin Cline; bottom left: Travis Williamson; bottom right: Imogen Frost.
Lead Exhibit Sponsors: WVU Libraries, WVU Humanities Center, WVU Faculty Senate Community Engagement Grant
Exhibits and Events Sponsor: Reed College of Media
Exhibit Sponsors: WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; WVU Council for Women's Concerns; WVU Loulie, Valerie and William Canady College of Creative Arts; West Virginia Humanities Council
Supporters of WVU Libraries: Adventure West Virginia; Arts Monongahela
About: WVU Libraries' third major collaborative exhibition, Undefeated comes on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution (granting women the right to vote), and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (enforcing voting rights for racial minorities). Undefeated examines the political process with special attention to efforts to suppress the votes of women and minorities since 1920.
An advisory committee (listed below) contribute the educational content and, with the Art in the Libraries committee, juried the artwork organized in themes: Information/Disinformation; Access/Intimidation; Legislation/Legal Questions; Voter Fraud; and Advocacy/Action. The artists used the template of the campaign button as an individual canvas and responded to the voter suppression themes, in the mass media format of a button design. The artwork, from artists and designers nationwide, will be complemented by textual educational content around subtopics on voter suppression, and designed into an exhibit. Select designs will be printed and made into buttons and/or stickers. The exhibit will become a digital exhibit living on the WVU Libraries' exhibits website and archived on The Research Repository at WVU. These grants allow for the printing and installation of this exhibit, a very important and largest budget piece of this project.
Exhibit Advisory Committee
Joseph Cohen, Executive Director, ACLU of West Virginia
Johanna Winant, NOW Morgantown
Kitty Dooley, attorney, Charleston
Danielle Emerling, Curator, Congressional and Political Papers, WVU Libraries
Marjorie Fuller, Director, WVU Center for Black Culture and Research
Natalie Tennant, former WV Secretary of State
Karen Kunz, professor, WVU Department of Public Administration
Eve Faulkes, Professor, Graphic Design, WVU School of Art & Design
Meshea Poore, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, WVU
Mike Slaven, Professor, Department of History, Politics, Society, and Law, California University of Pennsylvania
Jonathan Rosenbaum, President, LWV of Morgantown-Monongalia County
Nancy Tolliver, WV League of Women Voters
Charlotte Hoelke, Asst. Dir., Women's Resource Center, Clinical Asst. Professor, LGBTQ+ Center, WVU
Lindsay Nielson, Researcher, Public Policy Evaluation, Fors Marsh Group
Sponsors will play an important role in the exhibition installation, events, publicity, and programming. Sponsors are recognized in highly visible ways including exhibition wall text, brochure, postcard, invitation, flier, poster, and other printed materials; all press materials including sponsor statement with logo; signs at special events; WVU Libraries exhibitions web page; social media posts. Sponsors are also offered the opportunity to hold events in conjunction with the exhibit throughout the year at the WVU Libraries. Sponsorships of $250-15,000 will help us complete this truly impactful exhibition in the best way possible to the benefit of all partners. Contact Sally Brown Deskins, email@example.com for information.
WVU Libraries is proudly part of a statewide network of celebrations honoring the centennial for women's suffrage. Design by Colleen Anderson.
WVU Libraries is part of several national initiatives celebrating the centennial, including: