SchoolArts Magazine

OCT 2014

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28 October 2014 SchoolArts In conjunction with this exhibi- tion, a commemorative story quilt has been created by the combined efforts of a wide variety of Wichita Falls residents, including students, a local quilting guild, and other community members. Coleman contributed a 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm) center square for the community quilt. This quilt will be displayed in a public setting and will travel to different locations through- out the community. The multifaceted project known as "Quilting Wichita Falls Together" was made possible by a grant from the Priddy Founda- Quilting Wichita Falls Together This October, Coleman is being honored with a solo exhibition at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University, which coincides with the fiftieth reunion of her high-school graduating class. For the exhibition, Coleman has cre- ated new works that reflect growing up in the Wichita Falls community. She will also serve as a visiting artist in Wichita Falls schools and provide community outreach about quilting, memory, and personal experiences conveyed through art. M arion Coleman is an African American art- ist who was born in the small community of Wichita Falls, in far North Texas, and currently resides in California. Coleman is known for her stunning pictorial quilts based on her family memories and cultural history. Her contemporary quilts are made from transferred photographs and layered fabrics embellished with elaborate stitching, a process called free-motion quilting. These quilts honor Cole- man's family members, as well as famous African American figures. Many of Coleman's quilts relate to social issues, such as segregation and the civil rights movement, while some reflect her life growing up in Wichita Falls. About Marion Coleman Marion Coleman was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1946 and went to school during the days of segregation. She remembers well her elementary art teacher, Ms. Lyday, who was a great inspiration to her. She was raised by her grandmother, Katherine Tillery, who worked for the school system. Coleman has many fond memories of her grandmother's loving home. As a youngster, she spent time fishing, gardening, baking, and, of course, sewing. Her grandmother taught her to quilt, but she didn't start really quilting until the late 1980s when she entered a quilt into a contest. Cole- man credits her teachers with encour- aging her to go to college, and she was the first in her family to graduate from a university. Coleman's improvisational narra- tive quilts are inspired by her family and social/cultural events and their impact on individual and community relationships. She is most grateful for the influences of quilters such as Har- riet Powers, Nora Ezell, and her great aunt, Corine Porter Miller. Coleman's work has been exhibited in the United States and internation- ally. She has had private and public commissions, and numerous artist residencies. Her work has been fea- tured in publications such as O maga- zine, and in her own TEDxYouth Talk. Pam Stodghill Day

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