Gender, Political Art and Propaganda: The Legacy of Women's Suffrage, 1860 to the Present

Women's Suffrage Murals and Women's Rights Murals in Laramie

Gender, Political Art and Propaganda: The Legacy of Women's Suffrage, 1860 to the Present

Laramie, Wyoming 82070, United States

Created By: Colleen Denney

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WMST 4500-02/Art 3002 fall 2019 Gender, Political Art, and Propaganda: The Legacy of Women's Suffrage, 1860 to the Present, class project at the University of Wyoming, led by Dr. Colleen Denney, Professor of Art History and Gender and Women's Studies, within the School of Culture, Gender and Social Justice, exploring gendered activist issues in relation to the legacy of Wyoming' women's suffrage and beyond, looking at international examples of women's firsts and women's advances.

Students in the course studied local Laramie, Wyoming, monuments and murals and chose to focus on several murals that address issues of human justice in relation to the struggles of women's fight for inclusion as citizens (suffrage) which also included fights for equity. They explored visual representations of women and other marginalized peoples in relation to questions of advancement in equity and inclusion and how such imagery exhibited a persuasive message.

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  This mural is based on a photograph of Caroline Lockhart posing on a bicycle. As with many of the murals located within the Historical Figures Alley in downtown Laramie, Wyoming, this one is black and white with only one color allotted i... Read more
     Hidden upon an alley wall in downtown Laramie lives the portrait mural of rebellious Katharine Fowler-Billings (1902-1997?)—Kay Shooting Rattlesnakes—painted in 2016 by artist June Glasson. The mural, which illustrates Kay prac... Read more
      Painted in sepia brown and red brick tones, the Parry Sisters is a section of the Wild West Social Justice mural by Adrienne Vetter from 2016-2017. The sisters, Etheyle (1869-1942) and Juanita (1869-1917) who were twins, stand out ... Read more
     The mural dedicated in remembrance to Matthew Shepard titled Angel Action is a translation from a photograph that pictures local activist members in Laramie, Wyoming, who united to overshadow protesting religious right members of t... Read more
The campus of the University of Wyoming (U.W.) welcomed and benefitted from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal programs during the Great Depression. Part of the New Deal was the Work's Progress Administration (W.P.A.), which fun... Read more


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