My indigenous ancestors stay with me the whole time I work.
Myrah Brown Green
Dr. Myrah Brown Green, Distinguished Lecturer of Art at City College is an art historian, fiber/surface designer and professional quilt artist. She is also Arts Advisor to the Dean of Humanities and The Arts, Dr. Fred Reynolds.
Dr. Green earned a Ph.D. in Art History from Union Institute & University and has taught textile arts for 20 years as well as all levels of quilt-making for more than a decade. Her quilts can be found in many private collections including the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum in Washington.
Dr. Green is one of 44 master quilters whose work was included in "Quilts for Obama: An Exhibit Celebrating the Inauguration of our 44th President." The exhibit, at The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., ran through January 2009. Dr. Green's quilt, "Children Dancin' at the Tree of Life," is one of approximately 60 art and interpretive quilts created to celebrate the inauguration and welcome the Obama family to Washington. The quilt is a part of her "Dancin' at the Tree of Life" series. It depicts children dressed in red, white, and blue clothing celebrating at a tree of life. The Egyptian Ankh symbol and Ghana's Gye Nyame symbol are placed in the tree to represent long life, protection, and infinite wisdom, and spirit.
Exhibitions of Dr. Green's quilts include a one-woman show at the Cacciola Gallery in New York and the Parlor Gallery in Brooklyn. In addition, she participated in the national traveling exhibit "Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary African American Quilts" and numerous other shows around the nation titled "Textural Rhythm: Constructing the Jazz Tradition and Threads of Faith."
"My indigenous ancestors stay with me the whole time I work. It is as if they are continuously reminding me of the responsibility I have to those who came before and those yet to come. I view myself as an instrument who continues the cycle of traditional art through wall covers, quilts, and wearable art," said Dr. Green.
Her quilts have appeared in numerous publications, and she has contributed to several books. Her book, "Pieced Symbols: Quilt Blocks from the Global Village," will be released from Lark Press in August 2009.
In 2007, Dr. Green, a Brooklyn resident, co-founded Tell Mama Now, an educational program for girls and young women interested in the arts and art history. This project earned her a Proclamation from the Brooklyn Borough President. She garnered other prestigious awards, including the "Women of Distinction" Congressional Honor from the Women's Caucus for Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y. in 2008 and the Key to the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2005.
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