Shows and Exhibits, WCQN

Black Pioneers: Legacy in the American West (upcoming exhibit)

In my post from late September 2021, Secret Quilt and Design Wall Struggle, I mentioned that I had completed an art quilt for a Women of Color Quilting Network (WCQN) show opening in 2022, but I could not yet share images of the quilt.

I was recently contacted by The James Museum who asked for me to sign an image copyright release for my quilt. They said it was to use images of the quilt for promotional purposes. I immediately signed the release but I was not sure what would happen next.

To my ecstatic surprise the museum contacted me a day or so later with the link to their listing of Special Exhibitions > Upcoming shows and my quilt was featured for the upcoming exhibit: Black Pioneers: Legacy in the American West!

thejamesmuseum.org/special-exhibitions/

If you scroll down to “Upcoming”…

image credit: The James Museum

You will see the quilt I made plus and overview about the future show!

Image credit: The James Museum

I am sharing this with you as it is on a public facing website. I’ll wait until the show opens next year to share photos of the quilt and my creation of the quilt; as well as my Artist Statement. I don’t want to give anything away from the show’s opening in September 2022 (no longer April 2022, now September).

I can tell you that I was inspired by Langston Hughes’ amazing poem – Let America Be America Again. You can read the entire poem at this website:

poets.org/poem/let-america-be-america-again

This poem was written in the 1930s but to me feels relevant still today.

Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, the show’s curator and head of the WCQN, will likely publish a book about the exhibit like she has done on other amazing WCQN exhibits. Here is her amazon page – Carolyn Mazloomi.

I feel very fortunate to have an art quilt in one of those books – Visioning Human Rights in the New Millennium: Quilting the World’s Conscience (2019), and I look forward to having my quilt in the book about this new exhibit (if she publishes a book).


Featured image credit – The James Museum

35 thoughts on “Black Pioneers: Legacy in the American West (upcoming exhibit)”

  1. Wow!!!!!!! That is so cool! Pity we still have to wait so long to read your story about making this quilt, but nice that we already get a sneak peek this way. 😉 Going to check out that poem now.

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