Funded! This project was successfully funded on August 4, 2012.


Twelve iconographic portraits of revolutionary American women from the turn of the century (19th-20th).

Who is Nellie Bly? 

Hello! My name is Joshua and, in honor of my 5 year old daughter, I am doing a series of 12 portraits of revolutionary American women from the turn of the century (19th-20th). These are women she may not learn about in school, but with your help we can all celebrate and learn more about these extraordinary historic personalities.

The Women!

What do Nellie Bly, Ida B Wells, Elizabeth Gurly Flynn, Alice Paul, Voltarine de Clerye, Mary Church Terrell, Jane Addams, Helen Keller, Mary Bethune, Harriet Chalmers Adams, Jeanette Rankin, and Lucy Burns have in common?

They are all radical American women from the turn of the century, who will be celebrated in this series of iconographic portraits. Researching this project has been fascinating and challenging work. Twelve is a substantial number of paintings to execute, but a very small selection of the courageous women who helped to shape our country and the world. Women have always been pivotal in the history of the world, but their stories are often untold or told badly. Let's put faces to some of these pioneering women, and restore them to living consciousness!

Project details. 

The portraits will be in oil on cradled oak panels (approximately 1' x 2'), with gold leafing. They will be completed over a period of three months, framed and exhibited at an art show locally by the end of the year. I have nearly completed the first icon in order to have something to share on this page, and to get clear about just what I am getting myself into. My evolving process is a combination of classical and contemporary techniques, and I think the icons will look pretty sharp!

Nellie Bly Icon
Nellie Bly Icon

A website will be maintained for the duration of the project, detailing progress on the project (with pictures of course), providing biographical information on the subjects, with quotes and trivia, and giving contributors an opportunity to comment and share ideas as the work progresses: []

Donations will be used for materials (primary cost), incentives (yours to keep!), promotional (posters, invites, towards the art opening etc..), and research (This cost is nominal. Most of my research is done online or at the library, but I can imagine the need to purchase a more unusual book for example).

What's in it for you?

Importantly you have the opportunity to support meaningful works of art and engage in the dialogue of constructing our history and examining our cultural symbols.

Everyone who contributes will receive an invitation to the art opening, and have the opportunity to check in on the project at the project website []. Contributors also have the opportunity to gain materially through investment in original artwork!


My sincerest thanks for your taking the time to check out my page. If you believe that this is a worthwhile project and something that you would like to see happen, please make a donation! Every pledge, great or small, helps to make this dream a reality.

Special thanks to my mother for being a strong and successful woman. And Most special thanks to my daughter Claire for inspiring me with her bright and curious mind to create meaningful works of art.


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