Salt Lake City–STATUES.com is set to live-launch a kickstarter campaign on Aug. 2 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 will take place at the Impact Hub in Salt Lake City from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The first three statues of the collection will be unveiled, including Susan B. Anthony, Juliette Gordon Low and Ida B. Wells.
Additionally, a panel of experts moderated by Lara Jones of KRCL will address female visibility both past and present including Pat Bagley, editorial cartoonist and journalist for the Salt Lake Tribune, Alison Ludlow Adams, a student who created a provocative women’s art project at Brigham Young University, Sarah Sinwell, film and media professor at the University of Utah and Robyn Cohen, director of community and operations at Impact Hub.
“Given today’s social and political climate, we’re proud to a lead a modern-day initiative to recognize the immense contributions of women through American history, which we hope will also serve to inspire and provide newfound opportunity for the rising generation,” said Victoria Karpos, custom project coordinator for STATUES.com.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Art Inventories Catalog has 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. The campaign aims to create 20 gift-sized statues of trailblazing women in American history by 2020, marking the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote.
“For more than forty years, our family has played a key role in shaping history through sculpture,” said Karpos. “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.”
From politics to science to education, the new collection will feature 7.5 inch busts of women from the 19th and 20th centuries who made an impact across diverse fields of interest. Once in production, the statues will be similar to others that the company has featured 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.