Her Flag for First Friday December

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Artist Marilyn Artus brings Her Flag to Kansas City

Her Flag is a nationwide art and travel project created by artist Marilyn Artus to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the seventy-two-year-long nonviolent fight that kicked open voting for women in the United States. Artus is collaborating with a woman artist from each of the thirty-six states that ratified the 19th Amendment into law, creating an 18 x 26-foot flag.

Each artist created artwork inspired by this anniversary that Artus turned into a stripe. Artus is currently traveling in order of ratification to each state, and in a public performance, stitching each stripe onto Her Flag. She is midway through her travels. We will see stripes based on artwork by the following artists: Jenie Gao of Wisconsin, Judith Mayer of Illinois, Ann Lewis of Michigan, Jennifer Hudson of Kansas, Indira Cesarine of New York, Lindsay Scott of Ohio, Jameela Wahlgren of Pennsylvania, Kari Percival of Massachusetts, Mila Sketch of Texas, Annie Swarn Guldbergo of Iowa, Rori de Rien of Missouri, Virmarie DePoyster of Arkansas, Jane Waggoner Deschner of Montana, Cindy Chinn of Nebraska, Anne Ulku of Minnesota, Nicole LaRue of New Hampshire, Jann Haworth of Utah, and Rora Blue of California.

At M-AAA, we will exhibit the in-progress flag with eighteen of its stripes, as well as a new field of stars. For First Friday, we will also have original paintings from the artist who contributed imagery to the Kansas stripe, Jennifer Hudson, and pincushions made by artists at each of the locations where Artus does her stitching-together Her Flag performances.

If you want to get involved with the project, we will be presenting a collection of Artus’ collages for sale. Sales will directly fund the travel of Her Flag.

Join us Friday, December 6 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. We are located at 2018 Baltimore Avenue in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District.

This opening is supported in part by the City of Kansas City, Missouri the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund.

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