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African American Fiber Art Exhibition Overview
11/9/2016 11:17:04 AM


African American fiber artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the 11th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition: Move on Up and Reach the Higher Ground, a component of the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest. The theme for this year's exhibition is inspired by the aspirational music of the 1970's that sought to unify and lift the spirit of our nation, specifically songs such as Stevie Wonder's Higher Ground andMove On Up by Curtis Mayfield.

As we find ourselves, once again, in a time of great division and unrest, the challenge for this special exhibit is for artists to create a fiber work, such as an art quilt, doll, wearable art piece, etc., that explores the ideas of creating a better world, journeying toward self-awareness, and ascending to a position of loving acceptance of all citizens. 

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, and curated by Torreah "Cookie" Washington, this unique opportunity offers African American fiber artists a showcase to exhibit their original and innovative designs.

Following the close of the show, up to twenty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum's 2017/2018 Traveling Exhibitions Program. Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.  

This exhibition opportunity is open to African American artists residing in the US, ages 18 and older, working in the medium of fiber.  A $30 entry fee allows artists to submit up to four entries. Up to two entries per artist may be selected. 

About the Curator

We are pleased to welcome back Torreah "Cookie" Washington as the curator for this annual exhibition. Cookie is an award-winning and nationally exhibiting textile artist with over 25 years of experience, specializing in quilted fiber art murals, elegant wedding gowns, unique soft accessories for special occasions, Goddess blessing dolls, and costumes for theatre and film.

How to Apply 

The deadline for submission of entries is Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Applications are accepted and processed through SlideRoom, an online platform. If you need assistance completing your application, contact our office at 843-740-5854 or .  

The application may be accessed by clicking on the "APPLY NOW" button below, or by visiting the Apply  page at  



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