How Tennessee Celebrates Women’s Suffrage

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Original Article: Andrew Webster Reporting Editor, Fine Art Today

The establishment of a woman’s right to vote was finally realized in 1920, when Tennessee passed the 36th vote needed to ratify the 19th Amendment. Today, despite the countless important accomplishments women have made in our country, as little as 8 percent of public monuments celebrate their achievements.

The state of Tennessee and sculptor Alan LeQuire are overjoyed to be unveiling a new public monument celebrating the Women’s Suffrage movement. The sculpture will feature five figures and will be located at Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee. Via the press release for the monument, “Select works will be on exhibit through August at LeQuire Gallery to celebrate Alan’s broad career and his newest Public Commission. The exhibit will include clay and bronze figures, miniature to monumental, as well as some of Alan’s drawings and watercolors, and of course, his portraiture. One or two of the clay figures from the Suffragist Monument may be in the room too, providing a sneak peek of the August 26th unveiling.”

To learn more, visit LeQuire Gallery.

This article was featured in Fine Art Today, a weekly e-newsletter from Fine Art Connoisseur magazine.

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Fountains of Musica, rendering by WET Design, Nashville, TN

Nashville’s Music Row to Welcome New Fountains for Iconic ‘Musica’ Sculpture

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‘Musica,’ the Work of Acclaimed Artist Alan LeQuire, to be Transformed with Series of Choreographed Fountains from Preeminent Design Firm WET

Fountains Set for Completion in 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—-(February 25, 2016) Nashville’s iconic Music Row sculpture, “Musica,” will be undergoing a major transformative addition with a series of choreographed fountains, effectively completing the work of acclaimed artist Alan LeQuire, announced today in a news conference by the nonprofit behind the project, The Fountains of Musica Foundation, in partnership with Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Music Row representatives.

Considered to be the largest bronze figure group in the United States, plans were outlined by foundation chairman Desmond Child, Grammy-winning producer and Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee, who revealed the animated rendering. The fountains have been designed by world-renowned WET, a Southern California-based, award-winning design and engineering firm responsible for the world’s most iconic water and fire environments, including the Sochi Winter Olympic Games’ Olympic Cauldron and the fountain at New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

“When the sculpture was unveiled in 2003, funding was not available for the fountains which are essential to the spirit of the project and for the transformation of ‘Musica’ into the landmark this city deserves,” Child said. “As with Rome’s Trevi Fountain and the fountains in Dubai, bringing water to ‘Musica’ will enhance our tourist industry status while completing an important artistic element of Nashville.” Read More

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Alan LeQuire on why public art benefits communities

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Nashville artist Alan LeQuire discusses his career as an artist at the Maury County Public Library, and the importance of public art and nurturing artists in the community. LeQuire also spoke to students and teachers at Central High School during his visit on Thursday. (Staff photo by Mike Christen)

When Nashville artist Alan LeQuire creates his public works of art, they represent what the Nashville community values most and are examples of creative minds coming together for a common purpose.

A portion of LeQuire’s “Dream Forest” traveling exhibit has been a fixture at the Maury County Public Library since March and will remain until the end of December. LeQuire discussed his inspirations, his triumphs as an artist and the difficulties he sometimes must endure to see his vision succeed in the public forum during his visit to Columbia last week.

In his opinion, art is something that should be constantly nurtured within a person or community, rather than a spectator sport for the uneducated masses.

“I’ve always had this attitude that art is something you grow. You nurture it in people, nurture people to pursue their interests and to better their skills. It’s not something you bring from the outside and subject your people to,” he said.
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