Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • Erik Herron presents Symbols in Campaigns: The Politics, Art, and Design of Ballots and Posters
  • Gallery Talk
  • 11/13/2012
  • 12:00-12:45
  • Spencer Museum of Art
  • Host: Spencer Museum of Art, the Center for Global and International Studies, Office of International Programs
Event Description
In elections, citizens encounter carefully crafted images designed to mobilize their vote or educate them about electoral practices. Over the course of American electoral history, iconic images have emerged like the "Daisy" advertisement or hanging chads. In this gallery talk, Political Science Professor Erik Herron will discuss images from elections outside the United States, showing how ballot design addresses critical social issues and how candidates all over the world use cultural, national and global symbols to speak to citizens.

This GAP approved event is presented in conjunction with the SMA exhibition Politics as Symbol/ Symbol as Politics, curated by Prof. Burdett Loomis (Political Science). It also takes place during International Education Week. Prof. Herron is the recent recipient of the George and Eleanor Woodyard International Educator Award from the Office of International Programs.