One Woman Rising

In keeping with Paul Chelko’s vision to end gender bias and empower women world wide, The Chelko Foundation began an initiative to create a sculpture titled, One Woman Rising. Fabricated by Atlanta artisan Phil Proctor (Nucleus Sculpture Studio), assisted by Geo Brenick (Geo4Design), the abstract sculpted dancing woman speaks to the celebration of woman’s release from bondage empowering her to move into a new creative space. The statue depicts the grace of the feminine form and is painted by World Champion body painters, Scott Fray and Madelyn Greco (Living Brush Bodypainting).

Surrounding the sculpture is a railing where viewers may use ribbons and markers (provided) to share their reasons for rising and other stories of empowerment and survival.

Commissioned in 2013, One Woman Rising, in honor of The first, One Billion Rising, has become a global symbol of empowerment. Created as a lasting symbol and reminder “that until women are free, no one is free”. Gifted to the City of Atlanta, she now stands proudly in an upward dance on Freedom Park.


One Woman Rising Dedication

In the spirit of global empowerment and an end to violence against women and girls, Atlanta artist Paul Chelko established The Chelko Foundation. Honoring his late wife and inspiration Debbie, the Foundation provides scholarships and grants for deserving women in the arts.

Nomadic women’s rights statue finds Freedom Park home

From Creative Loafing by: John Ruch A beloved statue celebrating women’s rights is heading for a permanent, prominent home in Freedom Park, the city’s cultural affairs chief tells CL, after the untangling of red tape that left its future in limbo and fans concerned.

The Chelko Foundation Art Project on Freedom Park

We are proud to announce the completion and installation of a new Chelko Foundation Art Project on Freedom Park. You have had a profound and positive impact on our organization and this beautiful sculpture is dedicated to you.

Sculpture work continues

And the next phase begins as we add the next piece of the One Woman Rising sculpture in to place. Here we see artists our centerpiece.

The Chelko Foundation Art Project on Freedom Park

In keeping with Paul Chelko’s vision to end gender bias and empower women world wide, The Chelko Foundation sculpture titled, One Woman Rising, will top the hill on Freedom Park at the intersection of Freedom Parkway and Moreland Avenue in Atlanta, GA. This highly visible landmark is inspired by Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising, a…