Suggested Caption: The Ridgefield Centennial Portrait Project, portraits of the “Women at Town Hall” painted by local artists, is now permanently installed at Ridgefield Town Hall. The multi-artist project was part of the town’s “Votes for Women” commemoration of the 19th Amendment last year. A virtual panel discussion about the project will be presented by Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center on Tuesday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. Visit https://keelertavernmuseum.org/events/261/the-town-hall-womens-portraits-project/ for online registration.
Art and civics intersect in the Town Hall Women’s Portrait Project, a multi-artist installation commemorating women’s activism, located in Ridgefield’s Town Hall. On Tuesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m., Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center will host a virtual panel discussion to highlight this powerful, one-of-a-kind collaboration.
The art installation is a compilation of portraits, showcasing different artistic styles and approaches, that celebrates some of the women who help keep Ridgefield running. Tuesday’s panel will feature some of the artists and models who contributed to the artistic endeavor, including Suzanne Benton, who conceived of and initiated the project as a way to honor and mark the importance of the centennial anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi will also be present to discuss the installation's importance and impact.
According to KTM&HC Executive Director Hildegard Grob, who will moderate the panel, “Ridgefield has a long and important history of women who made an impact on our town and nation. We’re so pleased to be able to provide an opportunity to recognize local women’s artistic and civic contributions today, and to understand how the suffrage movement set the stage for these successes over one hundred years ago.”
The Town Hall Women’s Portrait Project virtual program will take place on Tuesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is required. To register, click here or go to our website at www.keelertavernmuseum.org/events.