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A Yellow Rose Project Exhibit Opens September 30

Central Washington University’s Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host a selection of works from A Yellow Rose Project, a photographic collaboration of responses, reflections, and reactions to the 19th Amendment from women across the United States. The exhibit will be on view to the public from September 30 through October 23.

A lecture and reception will take place on Thursday, October 7, with Serrah Russell, one of the contributing artists, offering an in-person talk from 4 to 5 p.m. in the SURC Theatre (Room 210).

Russell’s photographic work uses collage and appropriation to address the relationship between internal emotions and external surroundings. The talk will be followed by a reception in the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m.

August 18, 2020, marked the centennial of the 19th amendment. It was on that day, 100 years ago, women wearing yellow roses stood shoulder to shoulder in Tennessee awaiting the roll call of men that would cast their votes for or against a woman’s right to a voice in government.

Though this movement granted rights to some women, and this achievement should be acknowledged and commemorated, the struggle did not end there. It was not until much later that all American women, regardless of race, were given the same privilege.

Over one hundred women artists across the United States were invited to join the photographic collaboration, A Yellow Rose Project. The goal of the project was to provide a focal point and platform for image makers to share contemporary viewpoints on the centennial of women’s suffrage, to gain a deeper understanding of American history and culture, and to build a bridge from the past to the present and future.

A Yellow Rose Project was co-founded by Meg Griffiths and Francis Jakubek. More information can be found at:

Sarah Spurgeon Gallery is located in Randall Hall on Dean Nicholson Boulevard and is open weekdays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on Saturdays, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please note that CWU safety protocols will be in place, including the use of face coverings. Visit our website at:

Media Contact: Heather Horn Johnson, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, 509-963-2665,


Image captions:

1-Serrah Russell, The First Ladies Club: or How to Get a Woman in the Oval Office, 2020, Digital collage