#MonumentalWomen ~ Coming to Central Park in 2020



The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Woman Suffrage Movement Monument

The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund Inc. (The Statue Fund) is commissioning and endowing a monument in Central Park honoring Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, pioneers in the battle for Woman Suffrage and the movement for women’s rights, scheduled for installation in 2020.

The Statue Fund announced that, after a March 18th Public Hearing, the New York City Public Design Commission voted unanimously for conceptual approval of our Stanton and Anthony Statue on The Mall in Central Park.  Needless to say, we are very happy and certainly appreciate all the hard work of our Board Members and supporters who made this wonderful day possible.  We will keep you posted as events unfold.

And the winner is  ~  Announced July 19, 2018 the winner is the artist Meredith Bergmann, with her sculpture of suffragettes Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.  The sculpture will go up in 2020 on the Literary Walk on the Central Park Mall.

While we wait, the exhibit of the winning design for the Stanton and Anthony Woman Suffrage Movement Monument will be on view through August 26th ~ Women’s Equality Day ~ at the New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West on the first floor.

Image via monumental women.org

The road to the winner, March 15, 2018  ~

The finalists have been announced and they are:

  • Meredith Bergmann – Examples of past work: Boston Women’s Memorial (Abigail Adams, Phillis Wheatley and Lucy Stone), Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA; FDR Hope Memorial, Roosevelt Island, NYC; Marian Anderson, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC; Memorial to Countee Cullen, Bronx Council on the Arts, NYC; September 11th Memorial, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC; and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in collections of Justice Ginsburg and Columbia University
  • Jane DeDecker – Examples of past work: Amelia Earhart, Amelia Earhart Elementary School, Alameda, CA; Emily Dickinson, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC; Sister Catherine McAuley, Mercy Hospital, St. Louis, MO; Harriet Tubman, Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock, AK; and Sherlock Holmes, Public Safety Center, Edmond, OK
  • Victoria Guerina and Lloyd Lillie – Examples of past work: The First Wave, Women’s Rights Convention of 1848 project, 11 of 20 life-size bronze historical portraits and figures for the Women’s Rights Museum, Seneca Falls, NY (including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia and James Mott, Jane and Richard Hunt, Maryanne and Thomas McClintock); Martin Richard Memorial, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA; and Katherine Lee Bates, Falmouth, MA
  • Ann Hirsch – Examples of past work: Anna Bissell, Grand Rapids Community Legends, Grand Rapids, MI; Bill Russell Legacy Project, Phase 1 and Phase 2, City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA; Saint Walking (St. Ignatius of Loyola), Walsh Jesuit High School, Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Home, Patriot Plaza, Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, FL; and Stanley Ketchel, Grand Rapids Community Legends, Grand Rapids, MI

On November 6, 2017, The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund released a combined Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposals (RFP) inviting professional sculptors to participate in a sculpture competition for a Woman Suffrage Movement Monument to be located in Central Park at The Mall on the Literary Walk.

The creation of this monument will highlight women’s contributions in the history of this city, state, and nation.  It will be visible to the 42 million people who visit Central Park each year.  The monument will be contextually based on a figurative piece featuring Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, along with the Woman Suffrage and Rights movement, and a tribute to Stanton and Anthony as women’s rights leaders, who advanced the cause of Woman Suffrage.

Of the nearly 30 commemorative monuments currently in Central Park, none commemorate a woman, and only 4 out of 85 monuments celebrate women within the entire city parks system. This will be the first new monument in Central Park since 1965.

This project is supported by both public and private gifts. It includes a $500,000 grant from New York Life, $100,000 in funding from Borough President Gale Brewer’s office, and $35,000 in funding from City Council Member Helen Rosenthal. Funds will also come from two Girl Scout Troops through cookie sales.  Public donations are welcomed.

The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund, Inc. (the Statue Fund) is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to placing the first statue honoring women’s history in Central Park.  Semi-finalists from the RFQ/RFP will be chosen on February 14, 2018.  The semi-finalists will submit their final presentations to the jury in June, and the finalist will be announced in the summer of 2018.  The jury panel members include Dr. Jennifer Chi (deputy director and chief curator, Brooklyn Museum), Kinshasa Holman Conwill (deputy director, National Museum of African American History), Pam Elam (president, Elizabeth Cody Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund), Amy Freitag (executive director, JM Kaplan Foundation), Coline Jenkins (vice President, Elizabeth Cody Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund and Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s great, great, granddaughter), Elizabeth Sackler (founder, Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum), Dr. Harriet F. Senie (director, Art History, Art Museum Studies Program, The City College), and NYC Park Commissioner, Mitchel J. Silver, FAICP.

Anticipated installation will take place in 2020, on the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

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