The Unity Project, Art that Inspires Us to Vote at Norman Rockwell Museum, October 17, 2020

“Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA announced a fresh artistic endeavor, ‘The Unity Project‘ designed to encourage American citizens to vote this November for the upcoming 2020 election. The Unity Project features six striking images from top illustrators, commissioned by the Museum to establish a camaraderie of unity and belonging among all Americans who share the common right to elect and vote in our country.

Engaging as an active citizen in our nation, the Norman Rockwell Museum is working in new ways with this arts-based civic project in support of democracy, highlighting original concepts from six leading contemporary illustrators including Mai Ly Degnan, Rudy Gutierrez, Anita Kunz, Tim O’Brien, Whitney Sherman, and Yuko Shimizu.” — Norman Rockwell Museum 

“Art has the power to inspire action, promote civic responsibility, and motivate change,” said Laurie Norton Moffatt, Director/CEO of Norman Rockwell Museum. “The Unity Project deploys the power of illustration to connect people from across the country to come together and exercise our common bond, which is the right to vote. This project reminds us that the United States Constitution gives power to the people to elect their government and carves out a new niche for the Museum, putting contemporary illustration to work in the world to inspire citizen engagement through powerful art.”

Mai Ly Degnan, Defend Democracy, 2020.
Digital. Mai Ly Degnan © 2020. All rights reserved.
Rudy Gutierrez, Humanity, Not Politics, 2020.
Acrylic, colored pencil, crayon on Bristol paper mounted on board.
Rudy Gutierrez © 2020. All rights reserved.
Anita Kunz, Every Vote Counts, 2020.
Acrylic on board. Anita Kunz © 2020. All rights reserved.
Tim O’Brien, Vote, 2020.
Oil on board. Tim O’Brien © 2020. All rights reserved.
Whitney Sherman, Vote: Defend Democracy, 2020.
Digital. Whitney Sherman © 2020. All rights reserved.
Yuko Shimizu, Defend Democracy (Lady Liberty), 2020.
Digital Design by Atelier Olschinsky Grafik und Design OG.
Yuko Shimizu © 2020. All rights reserved.

The new artwork will be at the Norman Rockwell Museum starting on October 17 as an addition to the Four Freedoms exhibition, Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom, which is making a celebratory return home to the Berkshires as the final stop after a 6-city world tour.  Following the exhibition, all six original paintings will be added to the Museum’s permanent collection of American Illustration Art.

Images courtesy Norman Rockwell Museum.