Marking a Movement: Selections from Hear Our Voice

January 8 - March 13, 2018

John M. Crawford Gallery in the Walker Arts Center, Asheville School (360 Asheville School Road, Asheville 28806)
Open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In partnership with Amplifier and the Museum, Asheville School presents Marking a Movement: Selections From Hear Our Voice, an exhibition of posters by contemporary artists. Last year, Amplifier started a Kickstarter campaign asking for $60,000 to commission art in support of the Women’s March. Within eight days, Amplifier broke a fundraising record — raising $1.3M from 22,000 backers. Graphic artists Shepard Fairey, Jessica Sabogal, and Ernesto Yerena created posters as free, digital downloads available on Amplifier’s website. The organization also put out an open call for the Women’s March, and artists submitted over 5000 posters. While a few of those works were made available online, the overwhelming artistic talent in the submissions motivated Amplifier to organize an exhibition of the posters, the majority of which were created by female-identifying artists. Amplifier, an art machine for social change, continues to commission and connect artists with grassroots movements.

Historically artists, businesses, governments and individuals have employed posters for a variety of purposes such as art, advertising, propaganda and social critique. Downloadable designs represent the latest development in the history of posters. Today, anyone with access to a computer and printer can see, print and engage in dialogue with graphic art. The internet has also made it possible to bring groups of people and their ideas together and to share art across the globe.

This exhibition contains 33 posters from the Museum’s Collection, all expressing individual messages. Certain themes emerge from these selections: connecting women to nature, celebrating strength in diversity and honoring both historic leaders and the potential of every person. Consisting of a slogan and an image, posters have been and continue to be a powerful means of communication. As Program Director of Amplifier and curator of Hear Our Voice Cleo Barnett states:

Functioning as the consciousness of society and testifying to the power of the human imagination, art holds the ability to crack open cemented opinions, look at the world with critical eyes and challenge the accepted and the known.

Asheville School would like to thank Amplifier for the original Hear Our Voice exhibition and Asheville Color and Imaging for originally sponsoring high-quality prints for Hear Our Voice.

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View selected works in the exhibition »