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Member Preview: “The Work of Their Hands”

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Work of Their Hands Gee's Bend Quilts

Member Tours at 11 AM and 2 PM



The anchor work of The Work of Their Hands is a tulip quilt made 170 years ago by an now unknown, enslaved woman in North Carolina. Through her masterful stitchwork and time-honored design, this unknown artist sewed a story of strength and perseverance. Spinning forward from this quilt and its practice, The Work of Their Hands explores the continuing legacy of quilt-making and the evolution of textile art, starting with traditional quilts made for bedcoverings to contemporary fabric artworks by artists including Brittney Boyd Bullock, Celeste Butler, Robin Cowley, Michael Cummings, Gee’s Bend quilters, Michael James, Precious Lovell, Katie Pasquini Masopust, Carolyn Mazloomi, Mary Pal, Beverly Smith, The Advocacy Project, and others.


Artist Talk Celeste Butler at 5 PM
Registration Required


Join us for a conversation in the Brown Wing with artist and educator Celeste Butler.  Butler uses quilts as a form of storytelling, documenting contemporary events in her community as well as celebrating the lives of her ancestors.  Celeste uses her artistic practice in in-school artist residencies in addition to artist workshops on quilting.  She lectures at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, and her work has been featured in the Washington Post, We Don’t Coast, and Omaha INSPIRED Living.  Celeste is committed to serving, preserving, nurturing, and teaching togetherness in her community through her art.


For questions or concerns regarding accessibility, please contact Georgia Mastroieni, Deputy Director of Operations, at (910) 726-9492 or [email protected]



Image Credits (from left to right): Mary Lee Bendolph (American, born 1935), Strings, 2003–2004, cotton corduroy, cotton, and cotton/polyester blend, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase in memory of Shirley A. Woods, MMFA Assistant Director, 1979–2008, 2008.9.1; Loretta Pettway Bennett (American, born 1960), Strong, 2007–2008, cotton and cotton/polyester blend, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of the Cancer Wellness Foundation of Central Alabama, by transfer; Gift of the artist and her husband, Lovett Bennett, in honor of Mary Elizabeth Johnson Huff, 2013.9; Plummer T. Pettway (American, 1918–1993), Housetop/Strip Quilt, about 1965, cotton/polyester blend, polyester, cotton, and wool, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Kempf Hogan in honor of Robert Johns and Patrick Balch, 2005.9.7.


February 22
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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