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We are now accepting entries for the 2020 exhibition!
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This exhibition opportunity is open to African American artists residing in the United States, ages 18 and older, working in the medium of fiber. The $30 entry fee allows artists to submit up to four entries. Two entries per artist may be selected by the curator. Artwork DOES NOT have to be complete at time of entry. Artists may enter works in progress. Deadline is March 1, 2020.

 

14th Annual Exhibition (2020) – SANKOFA

Where & When

North Charleston City Hall, 1st & 2nd floors
2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC 29406
Free admission & parking
Viewing times: April 29-June 19, 2020; 8:00am-7:00pm daily

Description

African American fiber artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the 14th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition: SANKOFA, a component of the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest.

Sankofa is a word in the Twi language spoken by the Akan tribe of present day Ghana. It is associated with the proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” which translates to “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” Today, it is more simply interpreted as “go back and get it.” Sankofa also refers to the Asante Adinkra symbol used by the Akan people to represent the same idea, with one version appearing as a stylized heart shape and the other by a mythical bird with its feet firmly planted forward, its head turned backwards, and its mouth carrying a precious egg. Both the word and the symbols represent the concept of remembering our past in order to protect our future. The challenge for this year’s exhibit is for artists to create a pictorial fiber work that illustrates the idea of sankofa. Entries must incorporate one of the two sankofa symbols (heart or bird).

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 2020/2021 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

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.
 

13th Annual Exhibition (2019) – Black Gold

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

Description

African American fiber artists from across the nation were 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 was 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.

Curator’s Statement

Welcome to the 13th Annual African-American Fiber Art Exhibition: Black Gold! I am overjoyed this year to have the task of introducing the public to over 60 African American artists who created unique visions of Black Gold. I sought out artists who created pieces that evoked a sense of pride, a vision, a lesson from history or a beacon of hope for the future.

The works included in the Black Gold exhibition this year are dynamic, meaningful, motivating, intriguing, as well as personal. Many of these favorite pieces are technically groundbreaking, full of passion, point of view, and depth. This is a strong and deeply meaningful exhibition for me. Esperanza Spalding’s uplifting song Black Gold and the music video guided my choice of theme this year. It is my hope that as you move through the exhibit you too are in awe and inspired and feel quite celebratory at the griot nature of this show.

I want to thank each and everyone of the artists for contributing these inspiring works of art. Being a fiber artist is wonderful and fulfilling, as well as challenging, and it takes many hours to produce something as fine as the work you’ll see on these walls. I want to thank Kyle Lahm, and the entire wonderfully supportive staff of the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, for allowing me to again curate this amazing art exhibit. It is an honor, a joy and one of the highlights of my year. I would like to extend a special thank you to Maggie Jordan, Visual Arts Coordinator, for her invaluable help and support. Maggie, your cheerful organization and tireless efforts are one of the reasons why this show is such a success!

-Torreah “Cookie” Washington

Participating Artists

Yvonne F.  Anderson (Laurelton, NY)
Linda Asbury (Stone Mountain, GA)
Carolyn Brackat (Conway, SC)
Lenora Brown (North Charleston, SC)
Kimberly Cartwright (Durham, NC)
Donna Chambers (Elmsford, NY)
Ora Clay (Oakland, CA)
Diane Larrier Collier (Jamaica, NY)
Billie Cunningham (Cincinnati, OH)
Andrea Monilola Curtis-Foster (Columbia, SC)
Joyce Daniels (Stone Mountain, GA)
Valerie Deas (Bronx, New York, NY)
Jacqueline Dukes (Shaker Hts., OH)
Angela  Ferguson (Austell, GA)
Renee Fleuranges-Valdes (Mount Vernon, NY)
Gloria Gammage-Davis  (Philadelphia, PA)
Leslie Garrett (Philadelphia, PA)
Katrina  Gorman (San Antonio, TX)
Gloria Grandy (Sacramento, CA)
Edith Gross (Belle Chasse, LA)
Janette Holland (Stafford, VA)
Jan Hollins (Rex, GA)
Cheryl Hudson  (East Orange, NJ)
Dorothy Huffman (Newburgh, NY)
Ingrid Humphrey (Ventura, CA)
Janice Hunter (Lithonia, GA)
Caseline Jenkins (Summerville, SC)
Evelyn   Johnson (Oakland, CA)
Asake Denise Jones (Philadelphia, PA)
Cookie  Keeling-Patterson (Decatur, GA)
Patricia J. Kelly   (Lemon Grove, CA)
Wendy Kendrick (Gahanna, OH)
Heather Joi Kenney (Henderson, NC)
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)
Dindga McCannon-Mitchell (Philadelphia, PA)
Tanya Montegut (Bronx, New York, NY)
Sharon  Mooney (Pflugerville, TX)
Joyce Morrow Jones (Cleveland, OH)
Evans O’Bryant  (Irmo, SC)
Ifetayo Olufemi (New York, NY)
Gwendolyn Robinson (Mount Pleasant, SC)
Gwen Triay Samuels (Albuquerque, NM)
Winnifried Sanders (Charleston, SC)
Lois Shegog (Cincinnati, OH)
Willa Siao-Pao (Albuquerque, NM)
Sylvia Small (Columbia, SC)
Rosalind Spann (Waterbury, CT)
Jeanette Spencer (Hull, MA)
Rosa Tellis (Alcoa, TN)
Ashley  Thweatt (Germantown, MD)
LaQuita Tummings (Rodeo, CA)
Torreah “Cookie” Washington (Goose Creek, SC)
Virginia Watson (Yonges Island, SC)
Tony Williams (Cleveland, OH)
Michelle Willis (Stone Mountain, GA)