SPARTANBURG, S.C. – “Scraps from My Mother’s Floor,” an innovative solo exhibition by award-winning artist Dawn Williams Boyd, is on display now in the café gallery of the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts at Wofford College.
A gallery talk and reception with the artist will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the lobby of the Center for the Arts as part of Spartanburg’s monthly ArtWalk series. The event is free and open to the public, and the exhibition will remain on display through Saturday, March 30.
Boyd is a visual artist who began by painting with oils and acrylics on various surfaces before manipulating fabric to create her pieces, “painting” with fabric rather than on it. Each quilt is representative, often featuring life-sized figures, and strategically embellished with beads, sequins, cowry shells and hand embroidery. “Scraps from My Mother’s Floor,” which features eight quilts, reflects Boyd’s interests in American history as it affects and is affected by its African-American citizens. Through cutting, patching, surface embellishment and quilting, pieces of fabric are transformed into modern visual storytelling.
Boyd lives and works in Atlanta. Her artwork has been showcased in collections worldwide, including the Columbus Museum, San Joaquin Delta College and Angers Catholic University, and has been recognized by organizations such as the Atlanta Quilt Festival and the Artist Residency at Platte Forum. Boyd also helped to found and operate two influential black artists’ collectives, ULOZI and Sankofa Art Collective in Denver, Colorado, from 1989-2010.
Located on Wofford’s campus at 130 Memorial Drive, the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts is home to three gallery spaces that showcase a variety of rotating exhibitions throughout the year. The Richardson Family Art Gallery and Richardson Family Art Museum are open from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday. They are closed on Sunday and Monday.