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13th Annual Exhibition (2019) – Black Gold

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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 21, 2019; 8:00am-7:00pm daily

Related Events

Lecture & Exhibition Tour: Thursday, May 2, 2019; Noon-2:00pm
Reception: Thursday, May 2, 2019; 6:00-8:00pm


African American fiber artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the 13th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition: BLACK GOLD, a component of the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest. This year’s theme is directly inspired by the song Black Gold by Esperanza Spalding from her 2012 album Radio Music Society.

“Think of all the strength you have in you
From the blood you carry within you
Ancient ones, powerful ones
Built us a civilization…”

The challenge for this year’s exhibit is for artists to review the lyrics of Spalding’s song, as well as the official music video (view here), then create a fiber art piece that will inspire the next generation.

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.Following the close of the show, up to twenty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2019/2020 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

This exhibition opportunity is open to African American artists residing in the US, ages 18 and older, working in the medium of fiber.  A $30 entry fee allows artists to submit up to four entries. Up to two entries per artist may be selected.

The deadline for submission of entries is Friday, March 1, 2019. Applications are accepted and processed through SlideRoom, an online platform. If you need assistance completing your application, contact our office at 843-740-5854 or

NOTE: Fiber pieces do not have to be complete at the time of application submission. Artists may upload progress photographs if the piece(s) are not finished by the application deadline. If accepted, fiber pieces must be completed, and delivered to the Cultural Arts office by April 12, 2019.

About the Curator

We are pleased to welcome back Torreah “Cookie” Washington as the curator for this annual exhibition. Cookie is an award-winning master art quilter and curator. She was born in Rabat, Morocco, and has traveled extensively, creating with textiles for more than a quarter of a century. A fourth generation textile artist, Cookie’s mother, grandmother, and great grandmother were all experienced quilters, fashion designers, and master tailors. Cookie has lived in the South Carolina Lowcountry  for 30 years and is excited by the now thriving arts community. Her current passion is fiber art muralism that celebrates the Divine Feminine, and the contributions of her African ancestral heritage.

12th Annual Exhibition (2018)
I’m NOT Every Woman, I’m a PHENOMENAL Woman!

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 22, 2018; 8:00am-7:00pm daily


This annual juried exhibit showcases works in fiber created by African American artists from throughout the US. The 12th installment features pieces by 44 artists from 12 different states who accepted the challenge to create a fiber work, such as an art quilt, doll, wearable art piece, etc., which pays tribute to an extraordinary African American woman – past or present, real or fictional, a public figure or an unsung heroine. 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.

This year’s exhibit is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Marlene O’Bryant-Seabrook (1933-2017), internationally exhibiting fiber artist, educator, lecturer, community advocate, and dear friend. Marlene touched so many lives through her actions and art. She was a loving mother and grandmother, an educator for all of her life, and a “Jane of All Trades.” Marlene was also someone with a large and loving humanitarian spirit. She always had time to speak to and encourage a new quilter and would happily stop to give a suggestion, take a few minutes to share a technique, and always offered words of encouragement. She was beloved and deeply respected by all who knew her and will be missed by so many in many walks of life.

Participating Artists

Cathy Alvarez (Charleston, SC)
Yvonne F. Anderson (Laurelton, NY)
Carolyn Brackat (Conway, SC)
Lenora  Brown (North Charleston, SC)
Cynthelia Cephas (Somerset, NJ)
Donna Chambers (Elmsford, NY)
Ora Clay (Oakland, CA)
Shirley Cox (New York, NY)
Andrea Monilola Curtis-Foster (Columbia, SC)
Joyce Daniels (Stone Mountain, GA)
Valerie Deas (Bronx, New York, NY)
Jacqueline Dukes (Shaker Hts., OH)
Ife Felix (New York, NY)
Renee Fleuranges-Valdes (Mount Vernon, NY)
Gloria Gammage-Davis (Phila, PA)
Katrina Gorman (San Antonio, TX)
Edith Gross (Belle Chasse, LA)
Peggie Hartwell (Summerville, SC)
Janette Holland (Stafford, VA)
Jan Hollins (Rex, GA)
Ingrid Humphrey (Ventura, CA)
Rhonda Irby (Fayetteville, GA)
Caseline Jenkins (Summerville, SC)
Myrya Johnson (Wickcliffe, OH)
Jackquelynn Jones (Bronx, NY)
Asake Denise Jones (Philadelphia, PA)
Cookie  Keeling-Patterson (Decatur, GA)
Arianne King Comer (North Charleston, SC)
Evelyn Oliver Knight (Waterbury, CT)
Catherine Lamkin (Charleston, SC)
Kimberly Love Radcliffe (New London, CT)
Aisha Lumumba (Atlanta, GA)
Linda F. Martin  (Hartford, CT)
Nell Mays (Oakland, CA)
Veronica Mays (Portsmouth, RI)
Joyce Morrow Jones (Cleveland, OH)
Lillie Singleton (Walterboro, SC)
Rosalind Spann (Waterbury, CT)
Antonia Torres  (Waterbury, CT)
Torreah “Cookie” Washington (Goose Creek, SC)
Virginia Watson (Yonges Island, SC)
Gladys  Wilburn (Sacramento, CA)
Michelle Willis (Stone Mountain, GA)
Renee Wormack Keels (Reynoldsburg, OH)