3 Natick Artists Are Part of "A Seat at the Table"

April 02, 2019

Three Natick artists have been chosen to make one of 20 interpretive, artistic chairs for the Edward M Kennedy Institute Exhibit: A Seat at the Table, in honor of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s quote “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”

Each of the artist made chairs will represent one of twenty contemporary and historical trailblazers. This group was thoughtfully selected to expound on the message of the exhibit “People are agents of inclusion.”

Natick artists Jeff OlsenJason Cheeseman-Meyer and Carol Krentzman are excited to have been assigned the trailblazer, Mary McLeod Bethune, a very accomplished educator and activist who started schools and colleges, advised four different presidents and worked tirelessly throughout her life as an advocate for equal rights. To honor Bethune, Jeff will create a handmade chair, Jason 
will create two paintings of Bethune, one on the front and one on the back of the chair, and in the seat of the chair Carol will create a mosaic timeline of her life, all to visually represent the strength and determination Bethune had to fight for her own seat at so many different tables of power.

The artist made chairs will serve as a metaphor, a way to communicate that having a seat at the table is important to changing and guiding the conversations, and will be installed during the first week of June at the Edward M Kennedy Institute in Columbia Point, Boston.