Shows and Exhibits, WCQN

Visioning Human Rights in the New Millennium, Part I

Over a week ago I attended the opening of the show Visioning Human Rights in the New Millennium: Quilting the World’s Conscience at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, Ohio.





This show is curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, founder of the Women of Color Quilting Network (WCQN). It is inspired by the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

According to the United Nations’ website (

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.


Dr. Mazloomi invited members of WCQN and friends to design a quilt inspired by one of the 30 Articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

As those of you who’ve followed my blog for a while know, I designed a 50″ x 50″ quilt inspired by Article 1 and Stories My Father Told Me (this is a new category on my blog which contains all related posts about the first quilt in a series of quilts I plan to make inspired by stories/lessons my father told me as a child), titled The Lesson and The Equation. 

The Lesson and the Equation (2016) by Tierney Davis Hogan. Photo by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi.

The Lesson and The Equation debuted at this show along with many mind-blowing and inspirational quilts.




Friday August 17, 2018 was the “soft opening” of the show and contained about 25 – 30 quilts, half the entire show. The entire show will be opening in the future at a larger venue and there will be a book that accompanies the show.

Here are some examples of books from other WCQN shows that can be found on (just search “Carolyn Mazloomi”):

In addition the soft opening of the show, Friday 17, 2018 was also the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Fitton Center for Creative Arts.

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Around the exhibited quilts, there were placards with the Preamble and the corresponding Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, below are a couple examples:


I was very overwhelmed to be part of the this amazing show and here I am absolutely amazed that I got to be an “Exhibiting Artist”:

I was also overwhelmed and very honored that two of my long-time blogging buddies Sandy and Cindy of came from Ohio and Western NY to meet me and see the show!

Tierney and the GrayBarns Sisters!

Next post I will share images from the amazing and inspirational pieces in the show!

“Our hopes for a more just, safe, and peaceful world can only be achieved when there is universal respect for the inherent dignity and equal rights of all members of the human family.” – UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka



46 thoughts on “Visioning Human Rights in the New Millennium, Part I”

  1. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am for you. What a wonderful opportunity to show your quilt in such a meaningful way. You deserve all kudos. I am SURE there is more good stuff to come for you.

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  2. Your father would be so proud of you, for your beautiful work and for honouring his memory in such a powerful way. Congratulations on being selected to be part of such an important exhibition. xx

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  3. I don’t know you, but I am still proud of you. I know it doesn’t mean much, but hey, I’m a fan. Only a matter of time before your fame will make it hard for you to go out in public.

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  4. The message of your quilt is getting timelier by the day – a beautiful way to share your father’s legacy. There’s lots of food for thought (and action) in the UN articles, too. I hope we can all embrace greater reason and conscience moving forward. 🙂 Congratulations on this achievement and contribution, Tierney!

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  5. Tierney,
    Sandy and I were honored to attend this exhibit and to meet you and all the incredible artists who use their talents to promote human rights. Your work is so powerful and we look forward to hearing (and seeing) more of it! You are such a treasure, we hope to meet up with you again!

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    1. But I was SUPER HONORED 🙂 that you attended (the battle of who is the most honored – ha!) You two are cutest – next time I am in the area we have to spend more time together (unless you got enough Tierney exposure for a lifetime at the event – ha!) 🙂


  6. You captured Article 1 in your quilt so well!! As usual, love all your colors.

    Congratulations on being an exhibiting artist and I hope you had a great time meeting your blogging buddies in person!

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  7. What an amazing exhibit, although it is sad we live in a world where we need stated declarations reminding people to treat people like people (grrrrr…..). Before I get too grumpy, I better just say, your display looks great and (eyes closed or open), you look like you’re having a great time!

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  8. Oh woweeeee! I don’t even know where to start with my comments on this – your quilt looks amazing! What a great exhibition to be involved in! And how cool that some fellow blogging buddies were able to join you! Enormous congratulations, Tierney… And I hope you had a blast at the opening!


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