Meet two artists from the first-ever National African American Quilt Convention | Arts & Culture


Artist Bisa Butler creates colorful quilt portraits of influential black figures. This one is titled “Eve’s Garden.” Butler visited Lawrence last week for the first-ever National African American Quilt Convention.

The work of about a dozen quilt artists is on display across Lawrence as part of last week’s National African American Quilt Convention. The Lawrence Arts Center, the Spencer Museum of Art, and the African American Museum and Textile Academy all currently house quilts from a number of visiting artists across the country.

Artists Myrah Brown Green and Bisa Butler were both in Lawrence last week to participate in the first-ever National African American Quilting Convention. Green and Butler taught classes in different quilting techniques to convention goers. Green also gave a lecture Friday night on African symbolism in quilting.

Green is an art historian, academic, curator and professional quilt maker from Brooklyn. Much of her quilting work includes appliqués and symbolism meant to tell less-told pieces of black and African history, such as a quilt that tells the story of Malcom X’s wife, Betty Shabazz, a PhD who survived her husband’s assassination and continued to raise their six daughters.


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