African American Fiber Art Exhibition

17th Annual ExhibitionCelebrating Black Music

fiber art of 3 women singing

Location

North Charleston City Hall, 1st & 2nd floors
2500 City Hall Lane
North Charleston, SC 29406
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Viewing times:
May 1-June 16, 2024; 8:00am-7:00pm daily

Lecture & Exhibition Tour:
Thursday, May 2, 2024, Noon-2pm

Public Reception:
Thursday, May 2, 2024, 5-7pm

Description

The 17th installment of this annual juried exhibition features works in fiber created by nearly 60 African American artists from 23 different states. African Americans have a rich, deep, vibrant musical culture. Black musicians, singers, and songwriters are the undoubted pioneers of American music, laying the foundation for genres such as hip-hop, R&B, jazz, blues, country, rock ‘n roll, and more. Black Music is the soundtrack of our lives, offering one of the most inescapable examples of the importance of the African American experience to the cultural heritage of all Americans, regardless of race or origin. The challenge for the 17th annual exhibit was for artists to create fiber art pieces that honor and uplift Black Music and musicians.

Created and curated by award-winning and nationally exhibiting textile artist, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique exhibition offers African American fiber artists an opportunity to showcase their original and innovative designs executed in a variety of traditional and non-traditional fiber techniques.

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department as a component of the North Charleston Arts Fest. 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 2024/2025 Traveling Exhibitions Program.

Curator’s Statement

Celebrating Black Music  is truly celebrating the very soul of American music. The music of my people has touched every corner of American music. From gospel hymns, to rap, to, yes, even country, our music has been the soundtrack of America. I am excited that 60 artists from around the country have come together to create a  visual love song to this beautiful, powerful expression of feeling. Black Music can make you feel something so deep, it can make you laugh, or make you weep. Black Music is beautiful as you will see as you tour this powerful exhibition.  I would like to thank each participating artist and the staff of the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department for their unwavering support of the past 18 years. As I have created and curated each exhibition, I know without such a steadfast partnership this exhibit would not have grown to the magnificent display of African American talent you see before you today.

Please enjoy the art. Thank you for joining us.

-Torreah “Cookie” Washington, Creator & Curator

 

2024 Participating Artists

  • Alita Aldridge (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Casandra Allen (New London, CT)
  • N. Yvonne Bernal Little (Lithonia, GA)
  • Carolyn Brackat (Conway, SC)
  • Ora Clay (Oakland, CA)
  • Jan Collins Eaglin (Oakland, CA)
  • Andrea Curtis-Foster (Columbia, SC)
  • Carolyn Davis (Irvington, NJ)
  • Jadi Davis (Columbia, MO)
  • Kimberly Dunbar (Pearland, TX)
  • Mamie Ellis (Alexander City, AL)
  • Ife Felix (New York, NY)
  • Angela Ferguson (Columbia, VA)
  • Renee Fleuranges-Valdes (North Charleston, SC)
  • Adrienne Franklin (Riverside, CA)
  • Nancy (DeCreny) Franklin (Ellenwood, GA)
  • Ashley Gantz (Canton, OH)
  • Christa Gilliam (Baltimore, MD)
  • Teri Green (Fairfield, CA)
  • Cassandra Gunkel (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Marilyn Hamilton Jackson (Springfield Gardens, NY)
  • Gloria Harmon-Hodges (Lynwood, CA)
  • Creasie Hill (Bloomington, IN)
  • Stephanie Hobson (Aurora, CO)
  • Caseline Jenkins (Summerville, SC)
  • Terri M. Jenkins (Cayce, SC)
  • Kinaga Jinaki (West Palm Beach, FL)

 

  • Christina E. Johnson (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Myrya Johnson (Willoughby Hills, OH)
  • Denise Asake Jones (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Veronica Jones (Carson, CA)
  • Niambi Kee (Hayward, CA)
  • Linda Keene (Charlotte, NC)
  • Patricia J. Kelly (Lemon Grove, CA)
  • Evelyn Oliver Knight (Waterbury, CT)
  • Catherine Lamkin (Charleston, SC)
  • Aisha Lumumba (Atlanta, GA)
  • Linda F. Martin (Hartford, CT)
  • Veronica Mays (Portsmouth, RI)
  • Pat McLean-Smith (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Theresa Polley-Shellcroft (Victorville, CA)
  • Debra Powell-Wright (Aldan, PA)
  • Gwen Triay Samuels (Albuquerque, NM)
  • Gaye Shannon Burnett (Rock Island, IL)
  • Michelle Sillimon (Richmond, TX)
  • Glendora Simonson (East Orange, NJ)
  • Gabrielle Smith (Montclair, NJ)
  • Rosa Tellis (Alcoa, TN)
  • Toya Thomas (Novi , MI)
  • La Toya Thompson (Nesmith, SC)
  • LaQuita Tummings (Rodeo, CA)
  • Cynthia Vaughn (San Antonio, TX)
  • Torreah “Cookie” Washington (Goose Creek, SC)
  • Tony Williams (Cleveland, OH)
  • Camilla Younger (Washington, DC)