The Republican National Convention opens on August 27 with less than three months remaining before the 2012 Presidential Election. An estimated 45,000 delegates, spectators, and press will descend upon Tampa, Florida. In that crowd or on the stage, you are unlikely to hear much of anything resembling a conversation or discussion about art and culture. Nevertheless, the creative minds of America continue to make strong political statements with their art. Though there is not yet an iconic image for this campaign on the level of the Hope poster by Shepard Fairey, we were able to dig up a diverse group of artworks from over the years that exemplify some of the issues, discussions, and characters of the Republican National Convention.
Top image: George Vlosich, lMitt Romney Etch A Sketch.