December 5, 2017 – January 26, 2018
Aiken Center for the Arts Gallery Shop Artists
Joy in the Journey
East Aiken School of the Arts
Join us on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm for a Gallery Opening Reception.
11th Annual African American Fiber Art Traveling Exhibition
“Move On Up & Reach the Higher Ground”
February – March 2018
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 around a changing theme each year.
This annual juried exhibit showcases works in fiber created by African American artists from throughout the US. The 11th installment features pieces by 31 artists inspired by the 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 and Move On Up by Curtis Mayfield. The challenge for this special exhibit was for artists to create a fiber work, such as an art quilt, doll, or wearable art piece that explores the ideas of creating a better world, journeying toward self-awareness, and ascending to a position of loving acceptance of all people. Curated by award-winning and nationally exhibiting textile artist, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique opportunity offers African American fiber artists a showcase to exhibit their original and innovative designs executed in a variety of traditional and non-traditional fiber techniques
Exhibiting artists include Yvonne F. Anderson, Carolyn Brackat, Shirley Cox, Joyce Daniels, Ife Felix, Arianne King Comer, Catherine Lamkin, Kimberly Love-Radcliff, Aisha Lumumba, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, among others.
“Joy in the Journey” Program
ACA is proud to have “Joy in the Journey” as an ongoing exhibition throughout 2017. Joy in the Journey connects Aiken residents living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia with a therapist provided by the Arts Center who works with them to create an original painting. The therapist uses everyday pleasures such as singing, painting, storytelling and praise to stimulate change in the brain and provide a rewarding experience for the client. These beautiful paintings are available for purchase benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association SC Chapter and will be on display in the ACA galleries throughout 2017, with new paintings arriving monthly. Stop by and see these remarkable works of art.
Call for Artists
The Aiken Center for the Arts (ACA), located in historic downtown Aiken, SC, is currently accepting applications from emerging and established artists and collectives from all disciplines for its 2018-19 exhibition schedule. The ACA rotates solo and group exhibitions in its four main, industrial-styled galleries. Artists interested in exhibiting are to review the ACA’s Art Exhibition Guidlines and submit a completed application for exhibition. Please refer to the Art Exhibition Applications below for specifics. Applications may be submitted by mail, email or in person and will be reviewed by the ACA Art Exhibition Committee. If you have questions, please contact our Exhibitions Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-641-9094.
122 Laurens Street, SW
Aiken SC 29801
Office: (803) 641-9094