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Quilt Memorials: Saying Their Names in Fabric

works by Jo-Ann Morgan
Center for the Arts | Dalton Gallery
121 E. Main St. Rock Hill, SC
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February 3 - March 5 , 2022


Thursday, February 17, 2022
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Artist remarks at 6:15 PM

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During a time of political and cultural unrest, Jo-Ann Morgan turned to quilt making, a medium that is familiar, comforting, and traditional, through which she was able to make strong, even provocative, statements in an approachable way. Crafting stories through quilts, Morgan continues the tradition of representing pivotal moments of the African American experience. 


On March 16, 2020, as stay-at-home orders were being initiated because of the spreading corona virus, Jo-Ann Morgan bought a sewing machine. Morgan had recently seen a quilt competition at a local museum and wondered how she might employ the innate characteristics of this familiar medium. Jo-Ann's sewing skills were rudimentary, so she spent the first month making pot holders and table runners. As my competency increased, she thought about quilts as comforters, much needed at the time. 


Morgan developed "Nuestra Dama de la Corona" (or, "Lady Corona"), a comforting figure not unlike a deity or favorite doll. She is flanked by 19 roses (symbolic of COVID-19). She wears gloves, a face mask, a small crown, and has a youthful figure. Gradually, a series of work incorporating the figure took shape, with quilting and applique’ technique creating pictures meant to be displayed as wall-hangings in sizes ranging from 33” to 54” in either direction. The series features Lady Corona present at contemporary scenes and scenarios of significance. 


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). Her book Uncle Tom’s Cabin as Visual Culture won the prestigious Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship in 2008.


Last Looks
Works by Renee Cloud

EXHIBITION | February 3 - March 5, 2022
RECEPTION | Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM​

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




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Renee’s work capitalizes on the consumption of language. She uses text as a direct line of communication to establish a secure connection with the viewer. While interpretations of the words can vary, it is fact that they are words, nonetheless.


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

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Westminster Catawba Christian School 2022 Art Show

EXHIBITION | February 3 - March 5, 2022
RECEPTION | Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM​




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Westminster Catawba Christian School is a private Christian school located in Rock Hill, South Carolina. A religious ministry started by Westminster Presbyterian Church, WCCS has two campuses. The lower campus is for infants through 5th grade. The upper campus is for 6–12 grade. 

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