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Ohio Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission (WSCC) Artwork Commission

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Ohio Arts Council (OAC), Ohio Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission (WSCC), and Ohio Secretary of State

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Opportunity for an Ohio artist to work on an art project commissioned for a state memorial. The selected artist will create a piece of art that will commemorate the women's suffrage movement and honor the continued efforts of women toward improved opportunity and equality. The produced artwork will be erected as a monument on the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.

The Ohio Women Suffrage Centennial Commission (WSCC), Secretary of State’s Office, and Ohio Arts Council invite Ohio artists (and those with ties to Ohio) to submit images of past work for consideration for a new commissioned memorial to be located on the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. From the submissions, a group of semi-finalists will be selected to submit proposals for the Women’s Suffrage Memorial.


The WSCC was created by the 133rd General Assembly through Senate Bill 30 for the purpose of commemorating women’s right to vote as achieved through the ratification the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1920. One key goal of the WSCC is to honor the women’s suffrage movement by erecting a monument on the prestigious grounds of the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.       

Artistic Goals of the Commissioned Piece:

The artist is asked to consider a design that represents a permanent monument to represent the unrelenting strength and determination of women who worked for the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. The design should also represent the women of yesterday who were active in the suffrage movement, the women of today, and the women of tomorrow as they continue to work towards better opportunities for education and employment as autonomous individuals who deserve enfranchisement and expression of their own political identities. The memorial itself must help the public, legislators, and visitors to the Ohio Statehouse understand the history of the women's suffrage movement, and that even still today, we continue to work towards equality for all people.

Artwork considered for installation must be durable and suitably maintenance free. Exposure to weathering, potential for damage, and public safety must influence the selection of materials, structure, location, and method of installation. The use of utilities or mechanical apparatus as a part of or in support of the sculpture is discouraged. Additional information provided by the State Architect, including images, can be found in "WSCC at the Ohio Statehouse" listed in Supporting Documents below.

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Commission Amount: Up to $1 million (inclusive of all costs/expenses)

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This opportunity is open to Ohio artists, or artists with Ohio ties (born and raised, school, etc.).

Pre-Application Information:

- Entry Open Date: Monday, October 18, 2021
- Entry Deadline: Monday, November 29, 2021

- Interested artists should complete the online form and submit together with required documentation.
- The Advisory Selection Committee will review submitted materials and will develop a list of semi-finalist artists. These semi-finalists will be invited for a site visit. More detailed information about the Ohio Statehouse and the site will be made available during the site visit. For artists interested in developing a site-specific proposal for artwork. Each semi-finalist will be offered a proposal fee in addition to an honorarium for their site visit. Submitted proposals become the property of WSCC and the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board. For artists interested in offering existing sculptures for purchase, please indicate your selling price when submitting your images. No proposal fee will be offered for existing work.
- Artists’ proposals will be judged competitively by the WSCC in consultation with the Secretary of State. The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board will make all final decisions as they are the only body with such authority.

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Ohio Arts Council Staff:
Kathy Signorino
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