Women artists honor 100 years of suffrage with a giant collaborative art flag
By Natalie Yahr
Excerpt from The Cap Times
Marilyn Artus’ connection to the American flag began a few decades back, on a school trip to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, when the Oklahoma native, then 14, saw the original “Star-Spangled Banner” flag sewn by Betsy Ross.
“I was just really struck by it,” said Artus, who is now a visual artist and self-proclaimed “suffrage era nerd.” “It was a real tangible piece of history that I knew a woman had had a part in making… I had seen my mother, my grandmother, all the women in my family sewing all my life, so… I really connected with that flag.”
In recent years, she’s used vintage ephemera to create American flags with “a kind of a feminist slant.” Now, to mark the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Artus is collaborating with women artists around the country to create a giant art flag celebrating the 36 states that helped give U.S. women the right to vote.