This exhibit is the outcome of UMD Assistant Professor Terresa Hardaway’s assignment “The Movement Imprinted: Music of the Revolution,” in which Hardaway asks her students to create pieces based on a song about the African-American experience, and she specified that their design should emulate an African-American graphic designer. Along with the posters, the winning bid will also receive a designed booklet that details information about the song, musician, designer, and the student's progress.

How the Auction Works

Bids begin at $10 and go up in increments of $5. If you want to purchase a piece outright, you may do so for $200. Bids end on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 6:30PM at Clyde Iron. Recipients must pick up the poster at the Freedom Fund Dinner or arrange pick-up from UMD. Payments are made securely through PayPal's website.

Auction Gallery

These are all forty-four (44) pieces featured in the auction. To bid on one, scroll down to the auction list.

If there is a piece in the auction gallery that isn't below in the auction list, it has been sold.

Freedom Fund Poster Auction

U.N.I.T.Y. by Josiah Van De Steeg 18 X 24 Poster
Ended at: 176 days 19 hours 4 minutes 46 seconds ago
$25.00 USD

This auction has been sold to pepper1309 at $25.00 USD.

The layout and imagery of my poster is inspired by Queen Latifah’s song “U.N.I.T.Y.” and the style of the poster directly mirrors the design style of the late Dorothy Hayes.  The song “U.N.I.T.Y.” addresses sexual assault and physical abuse against women.  Through the use of color, text, and imagery, I created a narrative that stresses tension between a man and woman portrayed in the poster (flip poster upside down to see the man).  I chose the color teal for the woman because teal is the color for sexual assault awareness month and I chose the color black for the man to make him recede into the background and to portray him as a villain in the way that “U.N.I.T.Y.” does.  The words “U.N.I.T.Y.” are positioned in the head area of both the man and woman in the poster which suggests the idea of unity should always be on our minds if we want to make a change.  The upright version of the poster represents the empowerment of women to stand up for themselves and the upside-down version of the poster is meant to condemn men who mistreat women.