Explore chair Designs

Following a national call by the Institute, 20 artists were selected to create chairs that were inspired by the chosen historic and contemporary Trailblazers.

The chairs they created represent the Trailblazers, their movements, and the impact they had on the world. Click on the artists’ names to learn more about them, the chairs they created, and the Trailblazers that inspired them.

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Liz Shepherd

Inspired by César Chávez

  • Marc Bushelle

    Inspired by Shirley Chisholm

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  • Merill Comeau

    Inspired by Lucy Stone

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  • Krentzman, Olsen, and Cheeseman-Meyer

    Inspired by Mary McLeod Bethune

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  • Marlon Forrester

    Inspired by Ayanna Pressley

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  • Verneda Lights

    Inspired by Raffi Freedman-Gurspan

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  • Margot Stage and David Crane

    Inspired by Daniel Inouye

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Make a chair

Do you, your classroom, or your group want to make your own chair? We have many resources that lead you through the activity!

And don’t forget to come back to submit photos of your chair for a chance to be featured on the website.


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    The “A Seat at the Table” exhibit was made possible by the generous support of the Fund II Foundation.