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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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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