African American fiber artists sought

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is seeking entries from textile artists from across the nation for two exhibitions presented as a component of the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival, taking place May 2-10.

African American art quilt artists in the United States, Mexico, and Canada age 18 and up are invited to participate in the 8th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition, titled Joy.

Wearable art artists and fashion designers in the U.S. age 18 and up are welcome to submit entries for the 2nd Annual Wearable Art Competition and Exhibition.

Both exhibitions will be on display at North Charleston City Hall from April 30-June 20.

A $30 entry fee applies to each exhibition opportunity and allows artists to submit up to four entries.

Applications for these exhibitions are only available online and may be accessed via the links at NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply. Deadline for entries is Monday, March 3.

Fiber Art

Curated by award winning and nationally exhibiting textile artist, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique exhibition offers African American art quilters a showcase to display their original and innovative designs.

This year’s installment calls for art quilts inspired by the emotion of joy. The challenge for this year’s exhibition is for artists to show the world their joy through an art quilt. Entries may be hand or machine quilted and embellishment is encouraged.

Following the close of the show, up to 30 works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2014/2015 Traveling Exhibitions Program.

Emerging quilt artists under the age of 18 may submit quilts for Our Next Generation, a parallel exhibition that will be on display at the Unity Church of Charleston.

Wearable Art

Also juried by Washington, with assistance from the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this opportunity offers emerging and established designers a showcase to exhibit their inspiring fashion designs, wearable art garments and accessories of all styles.

The goal is to present innovative and wearable work of the highest quality and to provide a forum to share the growing enthusiasm for an exploration of techniques and materials. Wearable art garments in all styles are welcome and garments for both men and women are encouraged.

The Exhibitions will be on display 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily from April 30 to June 20, on the first and second floors of North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane in North Charleston. Admission is free.

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