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Artist Spotlight: Gwendolyn A. Magee
Fall, 2007

Gwendolyn A. Magee, master quilter, will be featured in the upcoming Southern Arts Federation traveling exhibit Tradition/ Innovation: American Masterpieces of Traditional Art and Southern Craft opening at the Atlanta History Center March 1, 2007.

Originally from High Point, North Carolina, Gwendolyn Magee has been a resident of Jackson, Mississippi since 1972. She uses textiles, fibers and threads to construct narratives that dramatically articulate historical and present-day events affecting the lives and psyches of African-Americans. Each artwork serves as a forum for dialogue and communication with viewers, and is an open invitation for them to embark with her on a journey of the spirit.

Magee uses the quiltmaking tradition to raise awareness of social injustice, painful physical conditions, and deep human emotions. Magee is comfortable raising uncomfortable issues and through her work stimulates dialogue on civil rights, racism, and oppression in America. The stories she tells reflect starkly upon our shared cultural history.

Magee graduated with a degree in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She did post-graduate work at Kent State University and Washington University. She was chosen in 2003 as the Visual Artist of the Year by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.

Recently Magee was awarded the extremely prestigious 2007 United States Artist Fellowship. She is the 2007 Ford Fellow in the area of crafts and traditional arts.


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