WILBERFORCE, Ohio, Feb.8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the nearly four
centuries since the 1619 arrival of three African women in Jamestown, Va.,
the history of African-American women has often been neglected. Changing
that is the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center in Wilberforce,
Ohio. Its latest exhibition Quilting African American Women's History: Our
Challenges, Creativity, and Champions will open March 8.
This unique and exciting quilt show is curated by internationally known
quilt artist, author and historian Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi expressly for
the National Afro-American Museum, a part of the Ohio Historical Society,
and commemorates the 2008 National Women's History Month (March) theme
Women's Art: Women's Vision. The show will run through Nov. 8 and then tour
"In Quilting African American Women's History: Our Challenges,
Creativity, and Champions, the vitality of quilt making and the resilient,
creative spirit of Black women come alive," said Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi.
"This exhibition is a validating expression of cultural genius."
The exhibition -- the largest of its kind -- showcases more than 100
contemporary quilts created by 53 women and three men. Some of America's
best known African-American quilters like Tina Williams Brewer, Adriene
Cruz, Michael Cummings, Peggie Hartwell, Viola Burley Leak and Jim Smoote
Each quilt is accompanied by an artist's statement that provides a
glimpse into the artist's background and the motivation behind the piece.
The diversity of genre and technique represented in the works reflects the
diversity of African Americans today. Yet, collectively, these quilts
combine to tell the story of African-American women, their profound
contributions to American society, and their crucial role in the survival
of their people from slavery to the present.
Sponsors for the exhibit are Ohio Arts Council, AK Steel Foundation and
AEP Ohio. Media sponsor is WHIO-TV 7 in Dayton.
Admission to the museum is $4 for adults, $1.50 for children ages 6-10
and college students with I.D, and free to Ohio Historical Society members
and children ages 5 and under.
A full-color catalogue and poster will accompany the exhibition. For
more information about the exhibition and other National Afro-American
Museum & Cultural Center events, call 937.376.4944/800.752.2603.
The Ohio Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that serves as
the state's partner in preserving and interpreting Ohio's history,
archaeology and natural history. For more information about the Ohio
Historical Society and its programs, call 614.297.2300/800.686.6124 or
SOURCE Ohio Historical Society