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Meet the Artists
July 14, 2020

Meet the Artists

Listen to our podcast on your favorite podcast platform: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast, Spotify, Anchor.fm, Breaker, Pocket Casts. Using…, Deborah Copenhaver Fellows with her model of Barry Goldwater. Photo courtesy of Deborah Copenhaver Fellows , Artis Lane with her model of Sojourner Truth. Photo courtesy of Artis Lane. , Deborah Copenhaver Fellows with her statue of Barry Goldwater, given to the National Statuary Hall Collection by Arizona in 2015…, Artis Lane (far left) at the unveiling of her bust of Sojourner Truth on April 28, 2009 in the Capitol Visitor Center. Sojourner…, Rosa Parks The Beginning By Rosa Parks and Artis Lane This painting by Artis Lane is one of her many works honoring Rosa Parks.…, The signature of Deborah Copenhaver Fellows on her statue of Barry Goldwater. She discusses her signature and the use of an initial to represent her first name in this…
Reflections on Rosa Parks
July 7, 2020

Reflections on Rosa Parks

Listen to our podcast on your favorite podcast platform: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast, Spotify, Anchor.fm, Breaker, Pocket Casts. Using…, Photograph of Rosa Parks with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (ca. 1955) Learn more about the life of Rosa Parks in the Library of…, Rosa Parks This statue depicts Rosa Parks seated on a rock-like formation of which she seems almost a part, symbolizing her…, Rosa Parks Statue Unveiling February 27, 2013 Rosa Parks' statue was unveiled in National Statuary Hall of the United States…, Rosa Parks lay in honor in the Rotunda from October 30-31, 2005 in a recognition of her contribution to advancing civil and human…, Guest speakers and Capitol Visitor Center staff (from left to right): Douglas Ike, Janet Clemens (podcast host), Ronn Jackson, Adriane Norman, Visitor Guides…
Votes for Women Tour
June 30, 2020

Votes for Women Tour

Listen to our podcast on your favorite podcast platform: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast, Spotify, Anchor.fm, Breaker, Pocket Casts. Using…, Women suffragists picketing at the Capitol in 1918. Harris & Ewing, photographer. WOMAN SUFFRAGE. PICKETING AT CAPITOL:…, Helen Farnsworth Mears, (1878-1916) Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol Mears was the first artist to sculpt a female…, Visitor Guide Linwood Lyons giving a Votes for Women Tour in front of the statues of Frances E. Willard and Rosa Parks. The door to…, Ida B. Wells Barnett in a photograph by Mary Garrity from c. 1893. The story of Ida B. Wells is one of many told on the Votes for…, Lucy Stone, (1818-1893) Lucy Stone, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right. Between 1840 and 1860 Photograph Courtesy of the…, Guest speakers and Capitol Visitor Center staff (from left to right): Maureen O’Connor, Education Specialist; Emily Boisvert, Visitor Guide; Jessica Jackson, Visitor Guide;…
Women in Capitol Art
June 23, 2020

Women in Capitol Art

Listen to our podcast on your favorite podcast platform: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast, Spotify, Anchor.fm, Breaker, Pocket Casts. Using…, Marisol, (1930-2016) Photograph taken April 1969 Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol Marisol’s bronze statue of Father…, This statue of Father Damien shown shortly after its unveiling in the Rotunda in 1969. Draped in traditional Hawaiian leis, the…, Father Damien Notice the details and depictions of leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) in Marisol’s statue of Father Damien with the scars…, For more information on the Women in Art at the U.S. Capitol, visit: https://www.aoc.gov/women-art For more information on the evolution of women in Capitol art, read this…
Walking the Halls of the Capitol: From Lobbyist to Legislator
June 16, 2020

Walking the Halls of the Capitol: From Lobbyist to Legislator

Listen to our podcast on your favorite podcast platform: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast, Spotify, Anchor.fm, Breaker, Pocket Casts. Using…, The state of Montana gave this statue of Jeannette Rankin to the National Statuary Hall Collection in 1985. Rankin was the first…, Terry Mimnaugh, (1956- ) Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol Artist Terry Mimnaugh stands with her statue of Jeannette Rankin…, Jeannette Rankin, circa 1916 This photographic print of Rankin shows her in her iconic hat, one of many examples of the evolving…, On January 11, 1871, Victoria Woodhull became the first woman to address a House committee when she testified in front of the House…
Reform and Revolution
June 9, 2020

Reform and Revolution

Listen to our podcast on your favorite podcast platform: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast, Spotify, Anchor.fm, Breaker, Pocket Casts. Using…, Adelaide Johnson, (1846-1955) Johnson sculpted the marble “Portrait Monument to Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B…, Portrait Monument Unveiling in 1921 Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol The monument was presented to the U.S. Capitol as a…, This group Portrait Monument to the pioneers of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, which won women the right to vote in 1920, was…, This is the painting of Inez Milholland described in this episode. Her painting hangs beside a bust of Alva Belmont, also sculpted…, Guest speaker and Park Guide, Susan Philpott (right), poses with our host, Janet Clemens, next to the bust of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The three separate busts of Stanton,…
Elisabet Ney and Women’s Dress Reform
June 2, 2020

Elisabet Ney and Women’s Dress Reform

Listen to our podcast on your favorite podcast platform: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast, Spotify, Anchor.fm, Breaker, Pocket Casts. Using…, Elisabet Ney (1833-1907) Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol Ney was the first female sculptor to create two statues for…, The bicycle – the great dress reformer of the nineteenth century! / Ehrhart Elisabet Ney wrote of the attention she attracted…, Stephen F. Austin, (1793-1836) Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol Known as the founder of the state of Texas, Austin…, Sam Houston, (1793-1863) Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol After representing the state of Tennessee in Congress, Houston…
Sarah Winnemucca and Sakakawea,
May 26, 2020

Sarah Winnemucca and Sakakawea: Native American Voices in the Capitol Collection

Listen to our podcast on your favorite podcast platform: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast, Spotify, Anchor.fm, Breaker, Pocket Casts. Using Internet Explorer or Microsoft…, Sarah Winnemucca in her regalia For more information on the petition and testimony of Sarah Winnemucca visit: https://history.…, Sculpted by artist Benjamin Victor, this statue of Sarah Winnemucca was given to the National Statuary Hall Collection by Nevada in…, This statue of Sakakawea was given to the National Statuary Hall Collection by North Dakota in 2003. It is a replica of a statue…, Guest speakers Adrienne Smith (far left) and Sharyl-Pahe Short (far right) stand with our host, Janet Clemens (center), in front of…, Examples of materials used in some types of Native American clothing referenced by Sharyl-Pahe Short during the podcast.
Vinnie Ream
May 19, 2020

Vinnie Ream and a Senate Debate

Listen to our podcast on your favorite podcast platform: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast, Spotify, Anchor.fm, Breaker, Pocket Casts. Using Internet Explorer or Microsoft…, Vinnie Ream, 1847-1914 Vinnie Ream at work upon her Lincoln bust, which rests upon the stand she used in the White House while…, Abraham Lincoln Statue Sculpted by Vinnie Ream, the first female artist commissioned to create a work of art for the U.S.…, Samuel Jordan Kirkwood Sculpted by Vinnie Ream Given by Iowa in 1913 Bronze, Hall of Columns, U.S. Capitol , Sequoyah Sculpted by Vinnie Ream (completed by G. Julian Zolnay) Given by Oklahoma in 1917 Bronze, National Statuary Hall, U.S.…, Belle Kinney Scholz, 1890-1959 Belle Kinney Scholz along with her husband, Leopold, sculpted both of Tennessee’s statues for the…
Anne Whitney
May 12, 2020

Anne Whitney and the “Marmorean Flock”

Listen to our podcast on your favorite podcast platform: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast, Spotify, Anchor.fm, Breaker, Pocket Casts. Using Internet Explorer or Microsoft…, Drawing of Anne Whitney, 1821 - 1915 Courtesy of the Watertown Free Public Library , The state of Massachusetts donated this statue of Samuel Adams, sculpted by Anne Whitney, to the National Statuary Hall Collection…, Statue of Charles Sumner by Anne Whitney Courtesy of the Watertown Free Public Library An anonymous sculptor submitted this…, Blanche Nevin (1838-1925) Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol  Nevin was the sculptor who created the marble statue of…