African American Fiber Artists Sought For 2018 Exhibition

African American fiber artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the 12th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition: I’m NOT Every Woman, I’m a PHENOMENAL Woman!, a component of the 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest. The challenge for this year’s special exhibit is for artists to create a fiber work, such as an art quilt, doll, wearable art piece, etc., that pays tribute to an extraordinary African American woman – past or present, real or fictional, a public figure or an unsung heroine.

**Note that the curator will not select pieces relating to Maya Angelou as this theme was explored in the 2015 exhibition.**

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. Cookie is an award-winning and nationally exhibiting textile artist with more than 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.

Following the close of the show, up to twenty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2018/2019 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.

The deadline for submission of entries is Thursday, March 1, 2018. Applications are accepted and processed through SlideRoom, an online platform. If you need assistance completing your application, call 843-740-5854 or email [email protected]

The application may be accessed by clicking here or by visiting the Apply page at

Visit to view details on other participation opportunities, the 2017 festival components, and updates on the 2018 festival schedule. Questions may be directed to the Cultural Arts Dept. at 843-740-5854 or [email protected]

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