The Justice Bell
This partnership between the PAFA and the Justice Bell Foundation invites the public to experience the story of the Justice Bell, an often overlooked and under-explored tale unique to Pennsylvania about the fight to provide American women with the right to vote.
PAFA alumni were recently commissioned to recreate the Justice Bell, which will have its inaugural display in the rotunda of the Historic Landmark Building at PAFA, before embarking on a statewide tour. This is the first of several initiatives in the museum at PAFA planned to honor and celebrate the passing of the 19th Amendment one hundred years ago. In 2020, the museum will present a suite of exhibitions and programs that will celebrate women artists and their contributions to American art history.
Cast at Philadelphia's Traction Company by PAFA alumni Erin Addie '18 and Gary Pergolini '18, the project was overseen by sculptor and Sculpture Department chair Robert Roesch. Made of a lightweight resin material—as opposed to bronze—the Justice Bell replica resembles the original bell in scale and palette but is designed for efficient travel across the state.