Equal Protection of the Laws: America’s 14th Amendment


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Equal Protection of the Laws: America’s 14th Amendment

Now through December 16th, 2016 

The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC) in partnership with the Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA) present “Equal Protection of the Laws”, an exhibition by featuring the work of 17 Maine artists inspired by the rights granted by the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution.

The exhibit, featuring 36 original works, opens on Thursday, September 22nd and runs through Friday, December 16th at the Michael Klahr Center on campus at the University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Drive, Augusta, Maine 04330. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 22 from 5 to 7 p.m., with a brief program beginning at 5:30pm. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, or on evenings and weekends by appointment. Several additional programs are being planning in association with the exhibit. The exhibition, opening reception, and other associated programs are free and open to the public.


The Fourteenth Amendment by Allison McKeen

Thanks to funding support from the Maine Humanities Council (MHC) through their broad and sure foundation program, the exhibit is the result of a call to artists to respond to the important themes of the 14th amendment. The MHC notes, “Passed by Congress 150 years ago (thanks in large part to Maine’s own William Pitt Fessenden), the Fourteenth Amendment laid the groundwork for many of our most valued–and debated–rights. Some of the Supreme Court’s most famous and influential cases have hinged on the justices’ interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment, such as Plessy v. Ferguson (18 May 1896), Brown v. Board of Education (17 May 1954), Loving v. Virginia (12 Jun 1967), and Obergefell v. Hodges (26 June 2015).”

Themes in the exhibit relate to themes covered by the 14th amendment, including: due process, liberty, gender and sexuality, race, legal protections, equality in the workplace, housing, education, law enforcement, rights of the incarcerated, tolerance, and local, state, and federal representation.

This exhibit and programs are made possible with funds from the Maine Humanities Council, the Holocaust and Human Rights Center exhibit funds, and the University of Maine at Augusta. In addition, the project has received support from the KVAA, the Maine Arts Commission, and several individuals.


Now We Are Equal by Bruce Armstrong

The Artists are:

Anthony Austin, Augusta
Bruce Armstrong, Manchester
Nancy Bixler, Hallowell
Jeanne Curran, Bangor
Ramona du Houx, Solon
Claudia Noyes Griffiths, Camden
Jen Hickey, Waterville
Julian Johnson, Texas and Maine
Mimi McCutcheon, Winslow
Allison McKeen, Gardiner
Otty Merrill, Tenants Harbor
Petrea Noyes, Lincolnville
Roland Salazar, Biddeford
Rebecca Spilecki, Wilton
Anne Strout, Falmouth
Mary Becker Weiss, Brunswick
Barbra Whitten, West Rockport

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