The Fiber Artists of Hope (FAH) is a group of 58 racially diverse women from all over America, ranging in age from mid 30’s to 70’s. The group formed in November of 2008 to exhibit art quilts that celebrated the election of Barack Obama, the first African-American President of the United States.
FAH’s first exhibition opened on February 9 and ran until March 5, 2009 at The King Street Gallery of The Caftriz Foundation Arts Center of Montgomery College in Silver Spring, MD, curated by artist Susan Walen and professor Mary Staley.
An online version of this exhibit can be seen here: http://www.quiltart.com/obama/
Many of these same artists contributed to Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi's exhibit and book, Journey of Hope: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama. The exhibit opened on Dec. 18, 2009 and will run through Dec. 18, 2010 at The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, OH before touring the country.
Within the professional genre of art quilting, most groups are homogeneous, this is the first group the artists know of that contains such a vibrant balance of races. These artists value the trust they have built with each other and are very excited to express their feelings, present their research, tell their own stories, and most importantly, support each other, once again, in another powerful exhibit about an important social issue.
The group keeps in touch and collaborates through an online group.