The Art of Democracy Is a National Coalition of Art Exhibitions
on the Dire State of American Politics Scheduled for the Fall of 2008.

Follow up - What Comes After

The Art of Democracy set as its goal to build connections and promote political art in the period leading up to the Presidential elections of 2008. It was a movement born of a moment to address a moment in time. But there are coalitions built and pressing needs for the present. Some immediate ripple effects from the Art of Democracy shows are reported here. For a more up to date report go to our Art of Democracy networking site,

To notify us of further ripples please contact us by email info (at) or artofdemocracy (at)

Follow-up Actions

Follow-up Exhibitions

  • Activist Artist Collectives show (political posters show that originated with the Atlanta Printmakers Studio)
    February 24 – March 28 2009.
    Carlos Gallery, Nabit Art Building.
    Sewanee: the University of the South
    SPO, 735 University Avenue
    Sewanee, TN 37383
  • The ART and the BODY POLITICK
    Art of Democracy at The Red Door Gallery

    Curated by Lauren Odell Usher, Lisa Rasmussen, and Jais Booth
    January 2- January 31st, 2009

    ART and the BODY POLITICK” is a provocative exhibition showcasing the discourse and revelation of artists questioning and commenting on societal reality in the 21st century.
    The underlying question in this visual narrative centers around how the creative visions of artists can help heal our collective body and ensure that healthy debate and diversity continue to be the hallmark of American democracy. Sometimes an infection needs to be lanced and drained before healing. The work in this exhibition does exactly that – They pierce the illusions, stimulate the political discourse, and engage us bodily in the discussion over our governance.

    Opening reception January 2nd, 2009 6-10 pm
    Special Inauguration Celebration, January 20, 6-10 pm
    The Red Door
    And Collective
    416 26th Street Oakland, CA 94612

Follow up Discussion

  • Art of Democracy and What’s Next

    On January 21, 2009 one day after Obama’s inauguration Art of Democracy organizers from the San Francisco Bay Area will be meeting at the Meridian Gallery 535 Powell Street, San Francisco, 415-398-7229, at 7:00 to discuss what was achieved by the Art of Democracy and what can be done now. More than fifty shows were brought together across the country with a broad based poster exchange as well. But now, with no united front of anger against the Bush Administration, what role can the Art of Democracy play? If you can come and would like to make a presentation about what you did with Art of Democracy please let us know.

    Stephen Fredericks andArt Hazelwood saw the Art of Democracy as a singular action surrounding November’s election. They do not see it continuing in the same manner. However, there is a lot of interest in keeping something going. Here is a chance to discuss ideas and implementation. If you want to make a presentation about the Art of Democracy’s future let us know. And if you are unable to come but would like your ideas to be presented please send them to us.

    There are lots of ideas, but of course, there will need to be talk about how they can be implemented too. So this could be the start of developing something new or it could be an evaluation to think about what lessons might be applied to any future projects independent of the Art of Democracy.

Art of Democracy posters archiving and further display

  • Ball State University, Muncie Indiana archiving the posters
  • University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Special Collections
  • New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, Art Gallery Collection


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