African American Fiber Art Exhibition

16th Annual Exhibition Sister Girl Friends (and Brothers, Too)

an art quilt depicting 4 African women in color clothes dancing


North Charleston City Hall, 1st & 2nd floors
2500 City Hall Lane
North Charleston, SC 29406
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Viewing times:
May 3-June 18, 2023; 8:00am-7:00pm daily

Lecture & Exhibition Tour:
Thursday, May 4, 2023, Noon-2pm

Public Reception:
Thursday, May 4, 2023, 5-7pm


This annual juried exhibition features works in fiber created by more than 50 African American artists from throughout the US. Inspired by the Isadora James quote, “A sister friend is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life,” this year’s theme looks to celebrate friendships between sisters (and brothers, too), both familial and those chosen along the way. The challenge for the 16th annual exhibit was for artists to create a fiber art piece that explores the special bond between sister girlfriends and the strength that can be drawn from these cherished relationships. Sister girlfriends support, defend, encourage, trust, and advocate for one another. They show up in every way.

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.

“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 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 2023/2024 Traveling Exhibitions Program.


collage of 4 fiber art works depicting African American women embracing

2023 Participating Artists

  • Alita Aldridge (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Casandra Allen (New London, CT)
  • Cathy Alvarez (Charleston, SC)
  • Yvonne F. Anderson (Laurelton, NY)
  • Linda Asbury (Stone Mountain, GA)
  • Pearlean Bowen-Parker (Summerville, SC)
  • Carolyn Brackat (Conway, SC)
  • Lenora Brown (North Charleston, SC)
  • Laura Casmore (Port Arthur, TX)
  • Ora Clay (Oakland, CA)
  • Gloria Davis (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Valerie Deas (Bronx, NY)
  • Kimberly Dunbar (Pearland, TX)
  • Ife Felix (New York, NY)
  • Angela Ferguson (Columbia, VA)
  • Renee Fleuranges-Valdes (North Charleston, SC)
  • Laura Gadson (New York, NY)
  • Christa Gilliam (Baltimore, MD)
  • Teri Green (Fairfield, CA)
  • Cassandra Gunkel (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Marilyn Hamilton Jackson (Springfield Gardens, NY)
  • Gloria Harmon-Hodges (Lynwood, CA)
  • Gloria Hazel (San Diego, CA)
  • Stephanie Hobson (Aurora, CO)
  • Janette Holland (Stafford, VA)
  • Ingrid Humphrey (St. Augustine, FL)
  • Caseline Jenkins (Summerville, SC)


  • Terri M. Jenkins (Cayce, SC)
  • Jacqueline Johnson (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Myrya Johnson (Willoughby Hills, OH)
  • Denise Asake Jones (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Veronica Jones (Carson, CA)
  • Patricia J. Kelly (Lemon Grove, CA)
  • Evelyn Oliver Knight (Waterbury, CT)
  • Aisha Lumumba (Atlanta, GA)
  • Linda F. Martin (Hartford, CT)
  • Veronica Mays (Portsmouth, RI)
  • Joyce Morrow Jones (Cleveland, OH)
  • Kathleen Peters (Atlanta, GA)
  • Theresa Polley-Shellcroft (Victorville, CA)
  • Stefanie Rivers (Columbus, OH)
  • Gwen Triay Samuels (Albuquerque, NM)
  • Gaye Burnett Shannon (Rock Island, IL)
  • Willa Siao-Pao (Albuquerque, NM)
  • Michelle Sillimon (Richmond, TX)
  • Carole Staples (West Chester, OH)
  • Rosa Tellis (Alcoa, TN)
  • Toya Thomas (Novi , MI)
  • Cynthia Vaughn (San Antonio, TX)
  • Virginia Watson (Yonges Island, SC)
  • Michelle Willis (Stone Mountain, GA)
  • Renee Wormack-Keels (Reynoldsburg, OH)