Artist work depicting women's fight to vote will be inside Ohio Supreme Court
A well respected artist and local attorney is working on a major work of art that will be inside Ohio's Supreme Court. The murals will represent what took place in history as women fought to gain the right to vote.
Sunday, May 22nd 2022, 7:43 PM EDT
A well respected artist and local attorney is working on a major work of art that will be inside Ohio's Supreme Court.
The murals will represent what took place in history as women fought to gain the right to vote.
Nils Johnson, an attorney and artist, whose works of art are in galleries along the East Coast didn't believe the murals painted on some walls inside the Ohio Supreme Court reflect our world today.
Johnson is on a committee to
"There were murals from the 1930's that were white guys that were like me, and I said it seems like we ought to have a broader representation of our current society,"said Johnson.
Johnson is on a committee in Columbus in charge of taking care of the artwork in the Ohio Supreme Court building.
He found out his great grandfather from Sweden who settled in Youngstown was chairman of the committee decades ago.
Now he has the green light to move forward. The Artist worked with Katherine Garlic, Associate Proffessor of Costume Design, YSU Theater to make sure a photo shoot included clothing from 1912 when women were fighting for suffrage, the right to vote in elections.
Johnson asked area judges from the region to be models for the Women's Suffrage Re-Enactment.
He will use the pictures as a guide as he paints a mural with three panels that will grace the Ohio Supreme Court Building for decades.
The trailblazing judges and women will symbolize the strong women who built the state of Ohio, and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote.
"As the first woman on the Seventh District Court of Appeals, and as a student of history,
I think it's important in these times to remember how hard women fought for the right to vote. Many of them died. It took years," said Judge Waite.
"For me to be part of this movement, and be part of history not only here in Youngstown but to have a piece of history reflected in the state is pretty amazing," said Judge Carla Baldwin.
Baldwin was the first female African American elected to Youngstown Municipal Court Judge.
"Just to reflect on the fact we have come so far as women, and as women of color. When women were marching back then women had to fight to march with other white women. We had to fight," emphasized Judge Baldwin.
Johnson's mural will be at the front of the building so kids on tours will see the art that explains history in less complex terms.
"Artists are necessary at times to distill a lot of complex information and present it to a lot of people in an intuitive way," said Artist Johnson.
Judge Cheryl Waite, Carol Robb, Carla Baldwin, and Theresa Dellick took part in today's re-enactment.
Catherine Garlick, Darla Penza, and Sharon Roncone also joined them.
Judge Molly Johnson, the artists daughter who is also an attorney was unable to be at the re-enactment.