African American fiber artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the 16th
Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition Sister Girl Friends (and Brothers, too)
, a component of the 2023 North Charleston Arts Fest.
Curator: Torreah “Cookie” Washington
Inspired by the Isadora James quote,“A sister friend is a gift to the heart, a friend to thespirit, a golden thread to the meaning a life,”this year’s theme looks to celebrate friendships between sisters (and brothers, too), both familialand those chosen along the way. The challenge forthis year’s exhibit is for artists to create a fiber artpiece that explores the special bond between sister girlfriends and the strength that can be drawn from these cherished relationships. Sister girlfriendssupport, defend, encourage, trust, and advocatefor one another. They show up in every way.
“It means everything to be able to have support and hopefully be open enough to talk about things that another sister has gone through so that she can help me out. I think it’s all about trusting. If you can trust a sister friend to be open and speak your truth, she can possibly come right back to you with something that can help you through the scenario. Sister friends have ‘sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences, daydreams and misunderstandings more thrilling than understanding could ever be.’” – Toni Morrison
“Honor the friendships that allow you to pick up from where you last left off, regardless of how long it’s been since you connected. The friendships thatsurvive hiatuses, silences, and space. Those are the connections that never die.” – Billy Chapata
Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique opportunity offers African American fiber artists a showcase to exhibit their original and innovative designs. Following the close of the exhibition, up to 20 works will be selected to tour the state of South Carolina through the SC State Museum’s 2023/2024 Traveling Exhibitions Program.
How to Enter
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: Wednesday, March 1, 2023