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A Pathway to Awareness: Quilting for Social Justice, April 13-19

An exploration of contemporary social issues expressed through the art of quilting

Posted 04.01.10 by The Center for Art Education

Quilting the story that needs to be told, one that only you can tell. 

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MICA's Center for Art Education presents A Pathway to Awareness: Quilting for Social Justice, an exhibition that includes the handiwork of more than 100 artists from the Baltimore area and explores social issues relevant to the artists' lives expressed through the art of quilting. A Pathway to Awareness will be on view Tuesday, April 13-Monday, April 19 in the Meyerhoff Gallery in the Fox Building, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave. A reception will take place on Tuesday, April 13, 5-7 p.m. (RSVP to pathway@mica.edu)

This exhibition represents the cumulative experience of the course Quilting for Social Justice. The course covers a thematic investigation of social (in)justice and adopts quilting as a medium, community as the context and an exhibition as part of the process. MICA students Alexandra Arocho, Amy Buckler, Marci Caballero-Reynolds, Kirsten Kalman, Jamie Kimak and Karl Miller were led by Dr. Joan M. E. Gaither. The course was co-facilitated by Curator-in-Residence George Ciscle, MICA staff member Katie Faulstich and M.A. in Teaching student Kelly Schmal. Students investigated social issues that confront humanity and chose to adopt the theme of Awareness as the guiding principle of the exhibition.

MICA and Towson University students, as well as children, high school students and adults from local schools and community organizations created the quilts. Each artist was asked to consider a story of their own or the story of someone they know and to express this story through the medium of quilting. The artists' goal is to raise the awareness of the issue at hand and to ask the question: What can I do? Each quilt square expresses a unique perception of social (in)justice with themes that include: equality, local and global censorship, neighborhoods and communities, diversity, education, identity and popular culture. This work exhibited together creates a pathway to awareness.

A Pathway to Awareness: Quilting for Social Justice is made possible with support from MICA's Office of Research and the generous contributors to the Friends of Art Education Fund.

For more information, call 410-225-2297.


Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 48 states and 61 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.