It’s finally here! WAM Collective is proud to announce their second annual design competition and runway show in conjunction with the University of Minnesota’s College of Design: Threads. Ten finalists from the U of M’s apparel design program have been selected by WAM Collective to go head to head as they send original garments down the runway on Wednesday, April 24 at the Weisman Art Museum. Student designers were asked to interpret Laylah Ali’s Greenheads Series into a ready-for-the-runway garment that narrates…
Join us on January 27 for a virtual conversation about the exhibition We Are the Story between curator Carolyn Mazloomi and artist Penny Mateer. Register on Zoom to participate in the audience Q & A or stream the talk on YouTube.
- Register on Zoom → https://z.umn.edu/WATS
- Or tune on the WAM YouTubeChannel → https://youtu.be/UB3SR5ZdlUcs
- Learn more about We Are the Story → https://z.umn.edu/WeAreTheStory
About We Are the Story
When Minneapolis became the epicenter of the nationwide protest movement against police brutality and racism in America following the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, Textile Center and Women of Color Quilters Network (WCQN) joined forces to create We Are the Story, a multi-venue initiative in the Twin Cities that runs from September 10, 2020, through June 12, 2021.
Under the curatorial direction of Carolyn Mazloomi, WCQN founder and member of Textile Center’s National Artist Advisory Council, We Are the Story explores themes of liberation, resistance and empowerment, offering a visually compelling account of the breadth of experiences and struggles that comprise Black history in an honest and critical way.
The Weisman currently has three works by artist Penny Mateer installed on site as a participant site in We Are the Story.
About Carolyn Mazloomi
Artist, Writer, Independent Curator
Historian, curator, author, lecturer, artist, mentor, founder, and facilitator — the remarkable and tireless Carolyn Mazloomi has left her mark on many lives. Trained as an aerospace engineer, she turned her sites and tireless efforts in the 1980s to bring the many unrecognized contributions of African American quilt artists to the attention of the American people as well as the international art communities. From the founding of the African-American Quilt Guild of Los Angles in 1981 to the 1985 founding of the WCQN, Carolyn has been at the forefront of educating the public about the diversity of interpretation, styles and techniques among African American quilters as well as educating a younger generation of African Americans about their own history through the quilts the WCQN members create. A major force as an artist in her own right, Carolyn’s quilts can be found in private collections around the world as well in distinguished museum collections in the United States.
About Penny Mateer
Penny Mateer, artist/activist, works with textiles and recycled materials. Her art is rooted in quilting and embroidery, traditionally thought of as “women’s work.” Drawing from this rich history of creating functional objects intended to provide warmth and comfort, she chooses fabric as her primary material to establish connection through shared experience and spark discussion around current events. Her social practice centers on a community-made public art project to promote voting. Mateer lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.