Persistence Exhibition: Daniel Brevick

Persistence: Continuing the Struggle for Suffrage and Equality, 1830-2020

Artist: Daniel Brevick

Chosen Suffrage Leader: Mabeth Hurd Paige

Video: https://youtu.be/7mfEnvSNfOk

Artist Statement

I found Mabeth Hurd Paige’s story quite amazing. She studied to be an artist and became an art teacher. She married a law professor who encouraged her to become a lawyer. I’ve always felt artists should consider politics as creative people have ideas. Mabeth would go on to be an influential lawmaker serving ten consecutive terms in the Minnesota State House of Representatives. I wanted to depict Mabeth in her youth—still an artist but pondering her future as an attorney.

Commercial art and fine art are bedfellows in all I do. Commercial art, at its core, is about communicating, often promoting a product or service, supporting a cause, and more. Fine art moves free from practical considerations, allowing for personal exploration and expression. The combination can be powerful.

I’m called to address issues of inequality. I’m given to celebrate when humanity rises above its stupidity. The 19th amendment is forever to be celebrated.

Daniel Brevick Biography
Daniel Brevick is SR Creative Director with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where he leads a team of multi-media professionals creating marketing and products for the world’s largest health enterprise. In his free time, he’s often in East Africa, where he’s active doing projects in the slums of Kenya and Uganda and working to bring peace and restoration to Somalia.
Daniel produces fine art paintings and photography. His work is in several galleries in the US. Using a high-tech laser cutter, he is currently creating new images employing his own innovative techniques. Daniel’s art focuses on issues of equity and justice, and these are often the subject of his work.
“The world isn’t fair, but people can be fair. As individuals we can choose to be fair” – Daniel Brevick

Website: www.black.studio

Mabeth Hurd Paige (ca. 1935)

Mabeth Hurd Paige Biography
(1870-1961, served 1923-1945)

Mabeth Hurd Paige was one of those four women sworn in in 1923. She was born and grew up in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Educated at the University of Nebraska, and after having spent time studying in Paris, she moved to Minneapolis in 1891, to accept a position with Minneapolis Public Schools, teaching art. In 1895, she married University of Minnesota professor James Paige, and he encouraged her to enroll in the U of M School of Law. Paige was involved in a number of organizations in Minneapolis, including as president of the Women’s Christian Association, founder of the Minneapolis chapter of the Urban League, where she served as a board member for 25 years. She raised money for the Phyllis Wheatley Settlement House. She was also very active in the woman suffrage movement.

In 1922, she decided to run for the State Legislature in the 30th Legislative District, representing a portion of Minneapolis. Rebuffed by the regular Republican party organization, Mabeth Hurd Paige ran independently. She served 10 terms in the Legislature, and was only surpassed for length of term of service by a woman by Phyllis Kahn. During her legislative career, she focused her efforts on public welfare and social legislation. She introduced bills that outlawed “loan sharks” charging high interest rates that she believed helped keep people in poverty. She championed bills, ultimately passed into law, that shortened the work week for girls and women who worked 10–13 hours each day, seven days a week. She secured an appropriation to build a University of Minnesota mental hospital and to take care of orphans. Other legislation Paige introduced outlawed “counterfeit correspondence schools” and protected the environment. In 1949, during the celebration of Minnesota’s Centennial, Paige was named one of 8 women in the “Hundred Greatest Living Minnesotans”.

Paige was one of the state representatives to propose plaque for Clara Ueland in Capitol very shortly after she died.

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