“Deeds Not Words”


“Deeds Not Words”: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage Press Release

Exhibition Commemorates the 100th Anniversary of Women in the U.S. Winning the Right to Vote

Dr. Sandra Sider, Curator of the Texas Quilt Museum, and Pamela Weeks, Binney Family Curator of the New England Quilt Museum, collaborated to create a touring exhibition of studio art quilts to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. Twenty-eight award-winning artists from across the United States accepted the invitation to create new works celebrating women’s suffrage, along with one artist whose 1995 quilt on the 1848 Declaration of Sentiments is included.

The subjects of the works include many of the women who are well known for their work in the century-old fight for the vote for women, but many more of the women the artists chose to commemorate are less well known. Jane Burch Cochran chose Martha Wright as her subject. Wright was one of the organizers of the historic 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, but her work was overshadowed by her sister, Lucretia Mott, and the now famous Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Alice Beasley’s work centers on Ida B. Wells, an African-American suffragist who was nationally known as a journalist, lecturer, and for her anti-lynching campaign. When she traveled to Washington, DC, in 1913 to march in the suffrage parade, she refused to follow instructions given to the black delegates to march at the back of the parade, and stepped into her place with the other delegates from Chicago.

The exhibition will tour across the country through the summer of 2022. A comprehensive book containing full-page images of all the pieces with narrative artists’ statements is available through Schiffer Publishing. www.schiffer.com.

Exhibition dates for “Deeds Not Words”: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

National Quilt Museum (2020)—Paducah, Kentucky

April 3 – June 9 [venue cancelled due to COVID-19]

PREMIER: New England Quilt Museum (2020)—Lowell, Massachusetts

July 1 – September 27

Houston International Quilt Festival (2020)

Market: October 24 – 26

Festival: October 29 – November 1 [venue cancelled due to COVID-19]

 Texas Quilt Museum (2021)—La Grange, Texas

January 7 – March 21

Visions Art Museum (2021)—San Diego, California

April 17 – July 3

Virginia Quilt Museum (2021)—Harrisonburg, Virginia

July 20 – September 15

The Quilters Hall of Fame (2021)—Marion, Indiana

October 5 – December 11

Iowa Quilt Museum (2022)—Winterset, Iowa

January 11 – April 3

Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum (2022)—La Conner, Washington

May 4 – July 24


Dr. Sandra Sider


Cell: 347-533-3958

Pamela Weeks, Curator


cell: 603-661-2245