MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 2017-Mar-13 — /EPR Network/ — The Women of Color Quilters’ Network congratulates the cadre of network members whose work is featured in the “Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textural Tribute to Prince” fiber art exhibit at the Textile Center – A national center for fiber art, in Minneapolis. The exhibit will be shown in the Joan Mondale Gallery March 9, 2017 through April 29, 2017, with the opening reception held on Thursday March 9, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
The pulsating, vibrating show is alive with the iconic entertainer’s music, and features two dozen quilts devoted to Prince’s memory created by artists from around the country. Among them will be a quilt made of sample swatches from garments dyed for Prince during his lifetime, and a quilt depicting Prince’s quiet philanthropic donations. Among the featured artists are WCQN members Carol Beck, Gwen Aqui Brooks, Dorothy Burge, Marion Coleman, Carolyn Crump, Ife Felix, L’Merchie Frazier, Marjorie Diggs Freeman, Charlotte Hunter, Viola Leak, Latifah Shakir, Denise Sheridan, Selena Sullivan, Ed Johnetta Miller, and Trish Williams.
As the first anniversary of the death of one of Minnesota’s most famous sons nears, Textile Center presents “Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textural Tribute to Prince” as part of its “Fiber Art: Creating Ties That Bind” series. The vibrant tribute to one of Minneapolis’ most famous sons is curated by WCQN founder, Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi.
Says Mazloomi, “The legacy of Prince lives not only in memories of his compelling music, flamboyant clothes, erotic falsetto voice, and quiet philanthropy; his legacy also lives through a wonderful series of art quilts which celebrate his life.”
Traveling from her home in West Chester, Ohio, Mazloomi will attend the opening reception for this exhibit. Mazloomi is one of five internationally renowned fiber artists serving on Textile Center’s new National Artist Advisory Council, and two of her quilts will be featured in a companion exhibit in the Studio Gallery titled: “National Ties: Contemporary Textiles from the National Artist Advisory Council.”
An avid quilter, a leading authority on African American quilts and quilt making, and a Bess Lomax Hawes National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, Mazloomi will also present a lecture “Building a Legacy: African American Quilt History,” set for 6 pm Saturday, March 11, at the new headquarters of Minnesota Quilters at Recovery Church (235 State Street South) in St. Paul. This event, a co-presentation by Textile Center and Minnesota Quilters, also features jazz performances by singer Dennis W. Spears and The Wolverines Jazz Trio.
The Women of Color Quilters Network is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1985 by Carolyn L. Mazloomi, a nationally-acclaimed quilt artist and lecturer, to foster and preserve the art of quilt-making among women of color. It supports its membership through presentations, providing venues for sharing technical information, grant writing, and other services. It offers quilts and fiber art to museums for exhibition, and researches and documents African American quilt-making. In recent years, the Network has showcased the work of its members before national and international audiences.
An important component of the network’s activity is its use of quilt-making in social and economic development projects. Educational projects and workshops foster exposure to the arts, creative development, and improved self-esteem. These programs present the benefits of quilting to audiences of all ages, income levels, ethnic background and learning abilities. For further information, please go to our website at http://www.wcqn.org.