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Adriene Cruz: The February 1999 Smithsonian Magazine shows the framed portrait of Adriene Cruz that is part of the "Communion of the Spirits: African-American Quilters, Preservers and Their Stories" exhibit. The quilt is titled "Dunumba" (African Rhythm), and the frame was designed by her.

·         Deborah Under the Palm Tree: Large image of quilt plus contact information.

·         ArtMom Story: Brief sketch of Adriene's life as she integrates being an artist with being a mom.

Barbara Payne : “The Underground Railroad”

Barbara Pietila: Image of her quilt "They Sold Aunt Nettie Down South".

Carole Harris: An article about the work of Carole Harris, "Memory, Quilts & Jazz" with images of her quilts (be sure to click the arrow at the end of the text to see the quilts).

·         Quilting Sisters - African-American Quilting in Michigan: Image of "Appropriateness of Yellow", a quilt designed by Carole Harris and pieced by Laura Rodin is displayed as part of this exhibit.

·         Creating Memory: A Conversation with Carole Harris, A Detroit-Based Quilt Artist: Full text of an article in Ijele: Art eJournal of the African World (2000)

Carolyn Mazloomi: This will link you to the web site of one of the most well-known quilt artists today who is of African-American heritage. An internationally renown author (Spriits of the Cloth: Contemporary African-American Quilts), lecturer, quilt historian, curator and founder of the Women of Color Quilter's Network, Dr. Mazloomi's work is found in numerous museum, corporate and private collections. The site is outstanding and provides extensive information about the artist, including many images of her work. Following are additional web sites that profile Carolyn Mazloomi and her work:

·         "Cloth" Written as if Quilts Could Talk: Newspaper review of Spirits of the Cloth that describes quilts by Julia Payne, Roland Freeman, Carolyn Cameron, Frances Hare, and Julia McAdoo. Image of "Three Women" by Julia McAdoo is shown.

·         "Nine of Spades": Carolyn Mazloomi is one of the 54 artists invited to participate in the Full Deck quilt challenge. The exhibition that opened at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in 1994.

·         Quilts Show Woman Power - Forest Park Artist Nurtures Talent in Others: Newpaper article showing Carolyn Mazloomi in a gallery photo.

·       Exhibit - Thirteen Moons Gallery : Four of the quilts are shown

·         Stitching the Dream: 1997 article profiling Carolyn Mazloomi and the establishment of the Women of Color Quilter's Network. Nonclickable image of one quilt is shown. (NOTE: IT TAKES SOME EFFORT TO LOCATE THIS ARTCLE - USE THE FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS): 

        1. Click on the "Stitching the Dream" hyperlink
        2. Click the "Archives" hyperlink at the top of the page
        3. Scroll to bottom of the page and click the "1997" hyperlink
        4. Type "Mazloomi" (without the quote marks) in the "Search" box
        5. Click on the hyperlink for the first item found  

Cathleen Richardson Bailey: This is her official website.

·         Absolute Arts: Website where Cathleen's quilts can be purchased.

·         Langston Hughes Library: Shows image of a quilt designed by Cathleen for the library with a grant from the Surdna Foundation

·         Shh!!”

  • "The Jazz Poet" - Created in honor of Langston Hughes for the Children's Defense Fund by a grant from the Surdna Foundation.

Cassandra Graves: Gallery page on the website of the Quilters of Color Network of New York, Inc. Shows images of two quilts as well as biographical information detailing how she became involved with this art form.

·         Man in the Corner: Another image at the same website.

Charlotte Hunter: Article about her work in the Cincinnati Enquirer. Images of two quilts shown (clickable for close up views)

·         Quilt/Poet Threads Her Artistry with African-American History: This is another article with one image.

Charlotte O’Neal: An African-American quilter who has lived in Tanzania for over 30 years.

Cuesta Benberry: Internationally renown quilt historian, archivist, lecturer, author, curator, Cuesta Benberry is the 1983 Quilter's Hall of Fame Honoree. Author of Always There: The African-American Presence in American Quilts, and co-author (with Carol Pinney Crabb) of Patchwork Pieces: An Anthology of Quilt Fiction, Cuesta Benberry serves on the Board of Directors of the Quilter's Hall of Fame.

·         Brochure of A Piece of My Soul exhibit: Lot of information and pictures of quilts.

·         A Piece of My Soul: Quilts by Black Arkansans: Review of the book.

·         "Top 10 Titles for the Study of Quilts from Seven Quilt Historians": Take a look at what Cuesta recommends for building a quilt library. (NOTE: this does not focus on books about African-American quilters)

·         Afro-American Women and Quilts: Although her quilting focus has primarily been on historical development, Cuesta is also a quilter. This site shows an image of one of Cuesta's quilts.

Denise Allen: This is where many images of her work can be found.  

Denise Fox : This shows a close-up of the upper-left corner of her quilt using African and aboriginal (Australian)  fabrics.

Dinga McCannon: This is her official website.

·           Art in Embassies Program: “Jazz Mobile” is on exhibit at the American Embassy in Lagos

Dorothy Holden: Images of two of her quilts are displayed as well as a very brief profile.

·         "Five of Diamonds": Along with Carolyn Mazloomi, Dorothy Holden was one of the 54 artists invited to participate in the Full Deck quilt challenge which was exhibited at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in 1994. Unfortunately, only a few of these quilts can now be viewed on the web.

Earthleen Briggs: Images of many of her quilts are available as well as African fabrics that can be ordered.

EdJohnetta Miller: This is her official website.

·         Article: An excellent article from a school newsletter about EdJohnetta's visit and talk with students.

·         "Lighting the Flame": EdJohnetta's entry in the "Women of Taste" exhibit. (Scroll half-way down the page to view it)

Edna Patterson Petty: “Human Wrongs”, Edna’s entry in the Roots of Racism Exhibit. This quilt has also become part of the Art in Embassies program and will be in the American Embassy in Pakistan.

·           “Mask 2001”:  This is a large scale image of a piece in an exhibit at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Elizabeth Talford Scott: This site gives a detailed review of her exhibit, "Eyewinkers, Tumbleturds and Candlebugs: the
Art of Elizabeth Talford Scott". The image of one quilt is included.

·         Traditions/Generations: Biographical information about Elizabeth and her daughter, Joyce.

·         Elizabeth Scott Shows the Craft of Quilts: Detailed review of an exhibit in Winston-Salem, NC. One quilt, "Rocks in Prison" is shown.

Faith Ringgold: This is the official web site of Faith Ringgold who is undoubtedly the most famous contemporary quilt artist of African American heritage. As an artist, author of many children's books, and lecturer, she is internationally renown. This site provides a biography and information about current and permanent exhibitions and answers to Frequently Asked Questions about her work, as well as access to images of her work by category (public collections, private collections, ACA galleries, permanent installations, as well as museum and gallery exhibitions). Images are clickable for close-up views. Following are additional web sites that profile Faith Ringgold and her work:

·         A Century of Quilts: Documentary by PBS profiling Faith Ringgold.

·         Artist Profile: Faith Ringgold: This article gives an in-depth profile of Faith Ringgold.

·         Dancing at the Louvre: Faith Ringgold's French Collection and Other Story Quilts - An extensive article about this exhibit; includes a slide show.

·         Art & Life - A (very) few words with noted painted and quilt-maker Faith Ringgold: A newspaper article about a ten-minute telephone interview with Faith Ringgold about how her work and life fit together.

·         Faith Ringold: Her Story in Text and Image: Extensive information Faith Ringgold and images of her work from an exhibit held at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2000.

·         Faith Ringgold - Images: This Art in Context web site hosts Faith Ringgold's home page. It will take the viewer directly to all of the images of her work that are available on the site. All are double clickable for very enlarged views.

·         Faith Ringgold's Story Quilts: This is a six page (printed), in-depth book review by Jack Foley of The Alsop Review

·         Points of View - Looking At Five Contemporary Female Artists of Color: A biography and profile of Faith Ringgold is given.

·         Racial Questions: Faith Ringgold has long been concerned with racial issues. This is a website devoted to that specific topic that she developed.

·         "The Dinner Quilt" - Discussion: This site shares points of view about "The Dinner Quilt" by Faith Ringgold from the perspective of four disciplines - an Aesthetician, Art Critic, Art Historian, and the Artist. It does not provide access to an image of the work discussed, but it can be accessed by clicking here.

·         Historical Survey of Women Writers - Faith Ringgold: Extensive essay by Optic Magazine

·         Faith Ringgold's Story Quilts: Detailed review by Jack Foley with biographical & other information.

As a successful and prominent artist, Faith Ringgold has had to contend personally with an issue concerning many quilt artists today - copyright violation. A number of sites were detailing the case were initially available, but are no longer accessible. However, info about her legal battle can be obtained at the following site:

·         "Arts Behind the Scenes: The Rights of Artists for Works of Visual Art Used in Television and Motion Picture Set Decoration"

Georgia Thomas: Savannah fiber artist who creates quilts and wearable art.

·         "The Fabric of Life is Art": article about her in the Savannah Morning News

Gwendolyn A. Magee: Or Gwendolyn Magee, or Gwen Magee. At any rate, that's me! The link will take you to the "About Me" page. There you can read my Artist Resume, but the gallery isn't up as yet. You can also find me on page 372 of Communion of the Spirits..., and on pages 128, 167, 170, and 184 of Spirits of the Cloth...

·         The Power of a Series: Gwen Magee Finds Inspiration in an Anthem: Abbreviated version of an article in the Fall 2001 issue of Quilting Quarterly, the Journal of the National Quilting Association.

Gyleen Fitzgerald : Has been featured in Quilt Magazine on the use of color in quilts.

Janet Taylor Pickett: Brief review of a 1997 exhibit. No images.  

Jacquelyn Hughes Mooney : This is a logo that was designed using Jacquelyn’s drawings and images from one of her quilts.                   

Jim Smoote : One of that rare breed of male art quilters. This piece is titled, “Buju”

Julianne McAdoo: An image of her quilt, “Three Women” is shown in this review of the Spirits of the Cloth exhibit

Karen Boutte: This is her official website.

·           Benicianews.com: This is an in-depth profile of Karen Boutte

·           HGTV - "Simply Quilts" episode: Full instruction is provided on how to make an African Mask Quilt.

Kianga Hanif: Kianga’s entry in the Roots of Racism exhibit

·           Dolls Made by Friends: Shows some of her dolls.

Kyra Hicks: The personal web site of Kyra Hicks provides an in-depth profile of her including the image of a quilt she created in tribute to a family elder, a dear aunt who was 91 years old at the time.[Special Note: She was introduced to her husband by Mary McLeod Bethune and Zora Neale Hurston was a witness at her wedding!] Be sure to read the letter her aunt wrote to express her feelings.

·         Black Threads: An African American Quilting Sourcebook: Kyra has compiled the first comprehensive guide to African American quilt history and contemporary practices containing over 1,700 bibliographic references, many of them annotated, covering exhibit catalogs, books, newspapers, magazines, dissertations, films, novels, poetry, speeches, works of art, advertisements, patterns, greeting cards, auction results, ephemeral items, and online resources on African American quilting. AVAILABLE Fall of 2002

Lauren Austin: A large view of "Homage to the Disappeared" is shown, along with links to a view of the back and two quilt details. Submitted to the Quilt Art Online Critique Group, an in-depth artist's statement is included. This quilt is touring with the Expressions of Freedom exhibit with the United Nations building as one of the venues. It also was pictured in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine.

Lisa Shepard: She is the author of African Accents: Fabrics and Crafts to Decorate Your Home, and Global Expressions: Decorating With Fabrics From Around the World. She additionally has a 25-minute video with instructions on how to make an African Mosaic Quilt.

 

Lois Mailou Jones:  In her early career was a textile designer for the F. A. Foster Company and Schumacher's of New York.

 

"Lois Mailou Jones on the Joys and Frustrations of Recognition Deferred" : This is a must read article!

 

Lois Mailou Jones Gallery: This site shows images of two of her textile designs -absolutely beautiful!

 

Marlene O'Bryant Seabrook: Marlene O'Bryant Seabrook's web site is designed to encompass a broad range of her interests, from heritage, to family, to the journey that has brought her to this stage in her life. Internal links provide access to: historical information about Harriet Powers and the special quilt that Marlene created in her honor; another quilt commissioned for the centennial celebration of her alma mater, South Carolina State College; and some of the African-American quilters with who she networks regularly. Another site displaying Marlene's work:

·         A Stitch in Time: An extensive review of an exhibit of Marlene's work at Western Carolina University's Chelsea Gallery.

·         America Quilts Online Gallery: Image of a quilt by Marlene O'Bryant Seabrook "Harriet Powers: A Darling Offspring of Her Brain" and information about its construction is given. Image clickable for a larger view.

·         "Porgy and Bess", 1993

Martha Stamper: This site shows images and close-up details of six of her quilts that were on exhibit in 2001 at the Paul Sawyier Public Library in Frankfort, KY.

Mary Louise Smith: Mary Louise Smith is President of the Quilter's of Color Network of New York, Inc., and has been exhibited and/or conducted workshops at the American Craft Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Museum of American Folk Art, and the UFA Gallery-New York, among many others. A gallery of her work is slated to be activated on her web site later this year.

Melinda Moore Larkin: Wonderful fiber artist. The last (3rd) photo on the top row is one of her works.

 

·         Pomgranate's Melinda Moore Larkin Gallery: This is a site that sells a wide variety of her fiber art designs as postcards, magnates, note cards and address books.

 

Michael Cummings: Michael is probably the most well known male African-American quilter. This is his official website. Following is another site with his work:

·         "Springtime in Memphis": Image of this quilt

·         Powerful Impressions, Stitch by Stitch: This 1998 article in the Christian Science Monitor is a profile of Michael Cummings and an in-depth review of his exhibit at Bates College. One image is shown which is a detail of "Kitty and the Fireflies in the Bush # 11" (1991).

Myrah Brown-Green: This is an image of “Revelation: The Circle of Life Prevails”, Myrah’s entry in the Roots of Racism exhibit. It was awarded a prize for third place.

·           Dancin’ At the Tree of Life”

·           “Wandering Spirit”

NedRa Bonds : “Jubilation”            

Nikki and Annie Smith: “Hips, Lips and Hair” is their entry in the Roots of Racism exhibit.

Peggie Hartwell: This is a text and an audio interview with Peggie Hartwell found in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.

·         YMI Cultural Center Features Master Quilter: In depth article about an exhibit. Image of "The Journey" is shown.

Phyllis Jackson Harris: Scroll to bottom of page to view three of her quilts

Phyllis Stevens: This is the Hearne Fine Art website and shows many quilts by Phyllis.

Quilt Exhibits – Reviews and Online Tours:

·           A Communion of the Spirits: This is an extensive book review by Nancy Cameron Armstrong, Chairperson of the Canadian Quilt Study Group (a wonderful organization, unfortunately the CQSG is now defunct).

-             Journal of American Folklore, Winter 2001: This is a very extensive review of the exhibit. No images.

·           Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary African-American Quilts: An extensive review in Carolina Arts. It includes  images of “Sixteen Feet of Dance – A Celebration; a Self-Portrait” by Frances Hare, and “The Wedding Party: The History of Our Nation is Really the Story of Families” by Dindga McCannan. Other reviews include:

-             Beyond the Bedspread: includes images of “Khemetic Paradise” by Myrah Brown-Green; “Peaceful Lagoon” by Sandra K. German; “Camouflage, A Means of Survival” by Betty Leacraft; “The Guiding Star” by Ruth Ward; “16 Feet of Dance” by Frances Hare; and “Ode to Edmund” by Wini Akissi McQueen.

-             Quilts Celebrating African American Spirit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery: Extensive review, no images

-             Stitch in Time: A virtual tour of the "Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary Quilts by African-Americans" exhibit when it was at the University of Houston. Most, though not all of the quilts are accessible. (NOTE: It requires the Quicktime plugin that can be quickly downloaded from the site). Instructions for the tour:

          1. Click on Room 1 or Room 2 or Room 3 (either low or high quality depending on what your computer can handle)
          2. If you get a message saying that you do not have Active-X installed, download it if you wish, but it is not required. Just click cancel to continue.
          3. Hold your left mouse button down over the image screen and slowly move it to the right or the left – it will be as if you are actually walking through the museum
          4. Continually click on the magnifying glass with the + sign at the bottom of the screen to magnify the image of each quilt as large as you wish

·           Threads of Freedom: The Underground Railroad Story in Quilts: Extensive review including images of “Middle Passage” by Viola Burley Leak; “Shh!!” by Cathleen Richardson Bailey; “Dancin’ at the Tree of Life” and “Wandering Spirit” by Myra Brown Green, “The Underground Railroad” by Barbara Payne, among others.

Rachel Clark: Creates stunning wearable art. This is her official website.

·         Alliance for American Quilts: This is an in-depth interview with Rachel Clark. Includes an image of her modeling one of her garments as well as one of the vests she has created.

·         HGTV "Simply Quilts" episode: "Nigerian Applique". Image of a pillow created with this technique is provided, but no instructions.

Raymond Dobard: There has been a lot of controversy about the book he authored with Jacqueline Tobin, Hidden In Plain View which uses the stories handed down in one family as proof that quilts were used as secret codes to help slaves escape on the Underground Railroad. Following are articles and papers for both sides of the issue:

·         The Code in the Quilt: This is a downloadable auidofile in which Jacqueline Tobin and Raymond Dobard talk about for 10-minutes about how they met Ozella McDaniel Williams and did the research that is the foundation of their book, Hidden in Plain View. There is a 7-minute interview that follows with magician Teller (of the team, Penn and Teller) in which he begins by relating how the "code" being "hidden in plain view" is related to the way magic is performed.

·         The Code in the Quilt: This is a slide show that accompanies the audiofile. It contains images of Ozella McDaniel Williams and several quilts made by Raymond illustrating the type of quilt blocks that had significance for the "code".

·         A Fraying Yarn: The White Author of a Book on Quilting Thinks Her Black Male Co-Author is Getting All the Credit: This is just pathethic. It needs to be read.

·         Stitching Ideas into Patterns: Methodology in the Writing of Hidden in Plain View, by Raymond Dobard

·         Stories in Cloth: A Rich History, A Promising Future:  Review of a book about quilting in Illinois in which there is an essay, " A Covenant in Cloth: The Visible and the Tangible in African-American Quilts" that suggests quilts may have been used as signals along the Underground Railroad. (NOTE: Use CTRL-F or scroll about 3/4 way down the page)

·         Comforter of Slaves Bound For Freedom: 2 Women Unraveled Code in Quilts, by Karen S. Peterson, USA Today

·         Code of Controversy: Civil War Quilts and Beyond, by Cheryl S. Cohen

·         New Jersey's Underground Railroad Myth Buster, by Hoag Levins

·         Critique of Hidden in Plain View: By Giles R. Wright, director of African-American History Program of the New Jersey Historical Commission.

·         Another critique

·         The Underground Railroad and the Use of Quilts as Messengers for Fleeing Slaves, by Kimberly Wulfert, PhD

Raymond K. Houston: A male art quilter, he has great sense of humor, naming his website “Nacho Grandma’s Quilts!”.

Roland Freeman: Roland Freeman, an internationally renowned photojournalist, devoted 20 years of his life to documenting quilting by African-Americans. His work in this area has culminated in the 1996 publication of his book, A Communion of the Spirits: African-American Quilters, Preservers and Their Stories. An exhibit including over 200 photos and up to 80 quilts (depending on the available space) has toured the country with venues including: Arts and Industries Museum - Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA; Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing and Cultural Arts Complex, Columbus, OH; Mississippi Musuem of Art, Jackson, MS; Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI; and National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN. Venues are scheduled in Hampton, VA, San Diego, CA, Charleston, SC and Los Angeles, CA.

·         Press Release about the exhibit: by the Gibbes Museum of Art:

·         "Hand Me Down My Mother's Work", 1991

Romare Bearden - Book Cover FabrIc: The fabric used for the cover of this book by Derek Walcott, The Caribbean Poetry of Derek Walcott & the Art of Romare Bearden (1983) was personally designed by Romare Bearden (his signature is on the right). It required fifteen separate hand-cut silk screens to create. The book was limited to 2,000 copies.

Sandy Benjamin Hannibal: This is an image of “Still Moving On”, Sandy’s entry in the Roots of Racism exhibit.

Sherry Whetstone-McCall: This is her official website. Sherry’s work has been featured in many publications, most recently with an article (“When Two Dreams Meet: Crazy-Quilting in Tanzania”) in the Fall 2002 issue of Quilting Quarterly, the official publication of the National Quilting Association. Her art is housed in many collections and is exhibited widely.

Sheila Williams: Sheila is an expert in using the computer for quilting.

Sister Circles” : Article  by Pamela Johnson in Essence, May 1999. One of the groups highlighted is the Pacific Northwest African American Quilters Association.

Society for the Preservation of African-American Quilts: This is a downloadable audio file of an interview by Good News Broadcast with Esperanza "Candy" Martinez about the SPAAQA, an organization dedicated to producing video documentaries about African-American quilters. It is approximately 20 minutes long.

Tina Brewer: This article gives a profile of the work of Tina Brewer that was showcased in a 1998 exhibit at the Institute of Texan Culture. No images available. No other web sites with images of her work are currently available.

View 2000 and Beyond Quilt: A project spearheaded by Marian Hayes to provide financial support for the Department of African-American Studies at Chicago State University.

Viola Burley Leak : “Middle Passage”

Viola Canady: Founder of the Daughters of Dorcas and Sons quilt guild in Washington, DC. An in-depth profile of Mrs. Canady is presented, along with three pictures (in the picture of the four women, Mrs. Canady is the one on the right that's dressed in blue).

Virginia R. Harris: Interview with Virginia Harris (however, it is hard to read).

·         Puzzling Sampler: Closeup image of quilt created to look like a jigsaw puzzle.

Vivian Benton: Vivian is the publications chair and editor of Quilting Quarterly, the journal of the National Quilting Association.

Yolanda Hood : This is an article in which Yolanda talks about the value of working as a museum researcher/co-curator during a doctoral program internship. Dr. Hood is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Ashville whose 2000 PhD dissertation is: African American Quilt Culture: An Afrocentric Feminist Analysis of African American Art Quilts in the Midwest. She has also presented a number of papers, including “Postmodern Nostalgia and the Rift in African American Quilt Culture”; and “A Piece of the Fabric: African American Quilt Culture Then and Now” in which she examined the history of African American women and men in America’s quilt history and the various ways race, class and gender played a role in the acceptance and validation of African American quilters

 

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