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A Ballot Box Art Show in the MAH Auditorium

Posted by on October 10, 2012

Myra Eastman – Woman in Booth

‘Tis the season for thinking about the next round of elections. In the spirit of debate, dialogue and decision making, we invite you to the Museum to see Myra Eastman’s “Voting Series,” on display now until October 24, 2012. These fifteen works, comprised of gouache, newsprint and collage on wood, are perfect reminders for us all to get out and exercise our civic responsibilities.

This 2008 series of paintings by Santa Cruz artist Eastman gives us the opportunity to look back and to look forward. According to voter statistics, the national elections of 2008 resulted in the greatest percentage of voter turnout since 1968. Eastman said, “People woke up and moved by the possibilities, they took action. People voted, and polling sites became symbols of renewal.” It would be wonderful to beat the 2008 voter statistics.

Because the Museum is a polling place for the elections, you will not see this body of work on view when the polls open on November 6th. It is against regulations for poll sites to exhibit any materials that have a political message, no matter how neutral.

Myra Eastman earned her B.A. at the University of California, Santa Cruz and continued to study at Cabrillo College and the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has merited numerous awards and has been shown in over 30 exhibitions.