African-American Quilts
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Quilts from the 'Hood: East Bay African American Improvisational Quilts, The African American Museum and Library at Oakland, Feb-June 1997.
Something Else to See: Improvisational Bordering Styles in African-American Quilts, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Feb 1997; Marin Community Foundation, Jan-April 2001.
No Two Alike: Improvisational African-American Quilts, High Museum, Atlanta, Sept 1996-Feb 1997.
"Showing Up": African-American Maximum-contrast Quilts, Richmond Art Center, January-March, 1996.
Arbie Williams Transforms the Britches Quilt, University of California, Santa Cruz, Nov-Dec 1993; Berkeley Art Center, April-June, 1994.
Putting the Pieces Together: Patchwork Quilts by Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century Migrants to California, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA, Sept-Nov, 1993.
Models in the Mind: African Prototypes in American Patchwork,  Winston-Salem State University, Jan-March, 1992; Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Jan-March, 1994.
Who'd a Thought It: Improvisation in African-American Quiltmaking.


Venues for Who'd a Thought It:
San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum, January-February, 1988.
San Jose Museum of Art, March-April, 1988.
Meadows Museum, Shreveport, LA, January-March 1989.
The Old State House, Little Rock, AK, March-May, 1989. 
Louisiana Arts and Science Center, Baton Rouge, July-Sept, 1989.
New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA, Sept-Nov, 1989.
American Craft Museum, NYC, November-January, 1989-90.
Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, February-April, 1990. 
California Council for the Humanities, Oakland City Center, "A Sense of Belonging/A Sense of Place,"  May-June, 1990.
Old Pueblo Museum, Tuscon, AZ, July-September, 1990.
Field Museum, Chicago, IL, October-January, 1990-91.
Indianapolis Museum of Art, February-March, 1991.
Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT, April-May, 1991.
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA, June-August, 1991.
Renwick Gallery,
Smithsonian Institution, Wash., D.C., Sept-Jan, 91-2.
Ackland Art Museum, Univ. of N.C., Chapel Hill, Feb-March, 1992.
Honolulu Academy of Arts, April-May, 1992
Wichita Falls Museum and Art Center, W.F., TX, June-Aug, 1992.
Kirkpatrick Arts Center, Oklahoma City, Jan-Feb, 1993.
Grant House Folk Art Center, Vancouver, WA, May-Aug, 1993.
Center for the Visual Arts, Metro State College of Denver, Nov-Dec, 1993.
Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana, Jan-Mar, 1994.
Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana, CA, Feb-May, 1996.
Goldstein Gallery, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Feb-April, 1997.
Thomasville Art Center, Thomasville, GA, Jan-Feb, 1998.

This show was acclaimed by San Francisco's leading art critic, Kenneth Baker, and awarded "
Critics Choice" by the San Francisco Chronicle.  ABC did a network program (The Home Show, Feb.29, 1988) about quiltmaker Willia Ette Graham, including the entire installation.  The mayor of Oakland proclaimed Feb.29th "Willia Ette Graham Day."
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