May 1–December 31, 2020

We Count: First-Time Voters

Online exhibition

  • Artists left to right: Thaxton Waters, Beizar Aradini, Jerry Bedor Phillips, Donna Woodley and M Kelley. Photographer: Aisha S. Kaikai (@ishpicturesque)

On August 18, 1920, the Tennessee state legislature voted to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees and protects women’s right to vote. As the 36th state to approve the amendment, Tennessee completed the two-thirds majority needed to make it the law of the land. One hundred years later, this country holds elections with significantly fewer legal restrictions on who is allowed to vote. The 2020 U.S. census is in progress; in attempting to count every person currently living in the United States, including individuals experiencing homelessness, the census collects data that determines the allocation of resources and funding, the boundaries of legislative and congressional districts, and the number of seats representing each state in the U.S. House of Representatives.

We Count: First-Time Voters honors the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment and the importance of civic engagement by highlighting the history of voting in the United States and the first voting experiences of a diverse group of Nashvillians. Five local artists—including Beizar Aradini, M Kelley, Jerry Bedor Phillips, Thaxton Waters, and Donna Woodley—created visual representations of these voting experiences in a variety of mediums.


Organized by the Frist Art Museum

Supported in part by O'Keeffe Circle members:

Judy and Joe Barker
Barbara and Jack Bovender
Richard and Judith Bracken
Patricia Frist Elcan and Charles A. Elcan
Jennifer and Billy Frist
Julie and Tommy Frist
Patricia C. Frist and Thomas F. Frist, Jr., MD
Lynn and Ken Melkus
R. Milton and Denice Johnson
Sid and Linda Pilson
Delphine and Ken Roberts
Anne and Joe Russell
Mr. and Mrs. James C. Seabury III
Olivia L. Tyson

List current as of December 12, 2019

HCA Tri-Star

Presenting Sponsor

Ryman Hosp Partners Found

Supported in part by

Neal & Harwell

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NEA Artworks

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