African American fiber artists sought for special exhibition in North Charleston

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking entries from African American textile artists from across the continent for a special exhibition presented as a component of the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival, taking place May 1-9 in North Charleston, South Carolina. African American artists, ages 18 and up, working in fiber and living in the United States, Mexico, or Canada, are invited to participate in the 9th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition, titled Maya Angelou. The exhibition will be on display at North Charleston City Hall from April 30 – June 19, 2015. A $30 entry fee applies and allows artists to submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online and may be accessed at Deadline for entries is March 2, 2015.

Pauline Barrett, Reflecting On The Past

Pauline Barrett, Reflecting on the Past

Curated by award-winning and nationally exhibiting textile artist, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique exhibition offers African American fiber artists a showcase to display their original and innovative designs. This year’s installment calls for fiber pieces inspired by the life of Dr. Maya Angelou, a phenomenal woman, daughter of the South, mother of the civil rights movement, speaker of truth to power, and inspiration to so many women from all walks of life. The challenge for this tribute exhibit is for artists to create a fiber work, such as an art quilt, doll, wearable art piece, etc., that expresses their personal relationship to Angelou, her work, and her life. Artists may address how Angelou has made their artistic journey more meaningful, which of her words inspires them to keep keeping on, and/or how she has helped him/her to RISE.

Following the close of the show, up to 30 works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2015/2016 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

The 9th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition: Maya Angelou will be on display 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily from April 30 – June 19, 2015, on the 1st and 2nd floors of North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane in North Charleston. Admission is free. A free public reception in honor of the artists will be held at City Hall on May 7, 2015, from 6 – 8 p.m.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, the exhibition, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854, email, or visit

Via: North Charleston Cultural Arts Department