African American Fiber Art Exhibition

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11th Annual Exhibition (2017) – Move On Up & Reach the Higher Ground

Where & When

North Charleston City Hall, 1st & 2nd floors
2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC 29406
Free admission & parking
Viewing times: May 1-June 23, 2017; 8:00am-8:00pm daily

Related Events

Lecture & Exhibition Tour: Friday, May 5, 2017; Noon-2:00pm
Reception: Friday, May 5, 2017; 6:00-8:00pm


African American fiber artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the 11th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition: Move on Up and Reach the Higher Ground, a component of the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest. The theme for this year’s exhibition is inspired by the music of the 1970’s that sought to unify and lift the spirit of our nation, specifically songs such as Stevie Wonder’s Higher Ground and Move On Up by Curtis Mayfield. The challenge for this special exhibit is for artists to create a fiber work, such as an art quilt, doll, wearable art piece, etc., that explores the ideas of creating a better world, journeying toward self-awareness, and ascending to a position of loving acceptance of all people. Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, and curated by Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique opportunity offers African American fiber artists a showcase to exhibit their original and innovative designs. This exhibition opportunity is open to African American artists residing in the US, ages 18 and older, working in the medium of fiber. Artists may submit up to four entries. A max of two entries per artist may be selected. Following the close of the show, up to twenty-five works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2017/2018 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.