The Journey of Hope in America: Quilts inspired by President Barack Obama commemorates an historic milestone in American history-the 2008 election of an African American man as president.
This extraordinary quilt show is curated by internationally known quilt artist, author and historian, Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi for the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, a part of the Ohio Historical Society. She has brought together a diverse group of 95 fiber artists representing a variety of races, cultures, generations and religions.
The exhibition at Hampton will not include all of the quilts which toured the country since 2009. Audiences will view a collection of powerful quilts from a wide range of styles, including art quilts, folk art and traditional quilts. The featured quilts illustrate a broad range of techniques and materials, including piecing, painting, appliqué, embroidery, dyeing, photography, beading and digital transfer, as well as inspirations.
Members of a local quilting guild, The 5440 African American Quilters, will have a complimentary exhibition in the Hampton History Gallery focusing on African American Freedom Fighters in conjunction with the 150th commemoration of the Emancipation Proclamation. The Freedom Fighters exhibition will remain on view through early Fall.