Quilter and author Kyra Hicks to give presentation on the links between African American history and quilting, February 16, 2016

Quilter Kyra Hicks will give a talk, “Amazing African American Quilt History as Prelude,” on Tuesday, February 16,5:30pm, in Taylor Hall, room 203. This event is free and open to the public.

Included in the talk will  be a slide show presentation of photos of quilts.

A self-taught, skilled crafter who uses cotton to explore political, religious, family and romantic themes, Hicks’s original story quilts are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City and the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, NY.  She has a keen interest in historical, investigative research and rediscovering the lives of quilters past.

Hicks is also the author Black Threads: An African American Quilting Sourcebook, the first comprehensive guide to African American quilt history and contemporary practice. Her other books include Martha Ann's Quilt for Queen Victoria (2007), This I Accomplish: Harriet Powers' Bible Quilt and Other Pieces (2009), and Quilters Questions: A Book of Curious Queries (2014).

This event is sponsored by the Art Department and is part of the Claflin Lecture Series.

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Posted by Office of Communications Monday, January 18, 2016