African American Fiber Art Exhibition

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

"Messenger of Peace" by Aisha Lumumba

“Messenger of Peace” by Aisha Lumumba

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


This annual juried exhibit showcases works in fiber created by African American artists from throughout the US. The 11th installment features pieces by 31 artists 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 was for artists to create a fiber work, such as an art quilt, doll, or wearable art piece, that explores the ideas of creating a better world, journeying toward self-awareness, and ascending to a position of loving acceptance of all people. Curated by award-winning and nationally exhibiting textile artist, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique opportunity offers African American fiber artists a showcase to exhibit their original and innovative designs executed in a variety of traditional and non-traditional fiber techniques

Participating Artists

Cathy Alvarez (Charleston, SC)
Yvonne Anderson (Laurelton, NY)
Nicole Blackwell (Stone Mountain, GA)
Carolyn Brackat (Conway, SC)
Lenora Brown (North Charleston, SC)
Shirley Cox (New York, NY)
Andrea Curtis-Foster (Columbia, SC)
Joyce Daniels (Stone Mountain, GA)
Valerie Deas (Bronx, NY)
Jacqueline Dukes (Shaker Hts, OH)
Ife Felix (New York, NY)
Gloria Gammage-Davis (Philadelphia, PA)
Jan Hollins (Rex, GA)
Asake Denise Jones (Philadelphia, PA)
Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
Catherine Lamkin (Charleston, SC)
Kimberly Love Radcliffe (New London, CT)
Aisha Lumumba (Atlanta, GA)
Nell Mays (Oakland, CA)
Helen McBride Richter (Atlanta, GA)
Bridget Murray (Walterboro, SC)
Sherrie Nesbitt (Summerville, SC)
Mollie Renfrow (Wilson, NC)
Rosalind Spann (Waterbury, CT)
Rosa Tellis (Alcoa, TN)
Antonia Torres (Waterbury, CT)
Cookie Washington (North Charleston, SC)
Virginia Watson (Yonges Island, SC)
Gladys Wilburn (Sacramento, CA)
Michelle Willis (Stone Mountain, GA)
Portia York (Charlotte, NC)