“Stories Through Quilts” – New art exhibit on display at the Art Council of York Co.

ROCK HILL, SC (CN2 TODAY) – Until March 5, come experience stories through quilts at the Center for the Arts with York County Arts Council.

The exhibition is titled “Quilts Memorials: Saying Their Names” in Fabric by Jo-Ann Morgan.

You can also meet Jo-Ann at an artists’ reception on Thursday, February 17.

Below is the official statement from York County Arts Council.

“ROCK HILL, SC – Quilt Memorials: Saying Their Names in Fabric, Works by Jo-Ann Morgan opens at the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC, Friday, February 3, 2022 This exhibit runs through Friday, March 5, with a free public reception Thursday, February 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., featuring remarks by Jo-Ann Morgan with Mike Gentry at 6:15 p.m.

During a time of political and cultural turmoil, Jo-Ann Morgan turned to quilting, a familiar, comforting and traditional medium, through which she was able to make strong, even provocative statements in an accessible way. Creating stories through quilts, Morgan continues the tradition of depicting pivotal moments in the African American experience.

Jo Ann Morgan | https://www.picturingblackpower.com
Visual artist Jo-Ann Morgan is Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and Art History at Western Illinois University, and author of The Black Arts Movement and The Black Panther Party in American Visual Culture (Routledge, 2019). His book Uncle Tom’s Cabin as Visual Culture won the prestigious Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship in 2008.

More information can be found at yorkcountyarts.org/2021quiltmemorials.

In the Perimeter Gallery | Last Looks, artwork by Renee Cloud
Our literate brains cannot ignore words; we see them as a string of letters that convey meaning, and never just a series of marks. We are still reading, still consuming information without pause. Renee Cloud’s work aims to bring people together through shared experiences while using her personal experiences as a platform. Language is Cloud’s medium, and the semiotics embodied in written words fascinates her.

This series of etched glass mirrors offers the viewer the opportunity to reflect and connect with the language presented on the reflective glass surface. A wall of portals, the focus is on the self seen in and through the mirrors.

Renee Cloud | https://www.reneecloud.com
Renee Cloud (b. 1992) is originally from Charlotte and received her BFA in Studio Art from Appalachian State University in 2015. Using a combination of textual art and mixed media, Cloud creates work that focuses on the personal narrative, the black experience and the power of the written word. The text incorporated into his work only provides a fraction of the narrative, leaving the viewer to create the rest. Cloud resides in Charlotte, NC and currently works as a freelance designer within her community.

COVID-19 Visiting Guidelines | https://www.yorkcountyarts.org/visit
In accordance with CDC recommendations and given the rise of the Omicron variant, face masks are required for all who visit the Arts Center and Tom S. Gettys Center offices, regardless of their vaccination status. Social distancing is encouraged. This policy may be revised as CDC guidelines change.

The Center for the Arts is located at 121 East Main Street in the downtown Rock Hill Cultural District. The Center for the Arts’ three galleries are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Norma D. Ross