Throughout history people have been forced to flee from their homes for their own safety and survival due to war, oppression, natural disasters, and atrocious human rights violations. The refugee crisis has imposed severe impacts on the social, economic, and political structures of host countries, especially poor and developing countries.
This powerful and timely exhibition illustrates the global challenges arising from the current refugee crisis impacting countries across the world.
I was moved to tears by many of the sorrowful stories in these powerful depictions. These works are accessible even if they can make uncomfortable viewing. Audiences will surely come away with images etched into their memories, and with more awareness of the tragic plight of large sections of humanity.
Exhibition Videos Available!
Don't miss this fascinating in-depth look at a very powerful exhibition. Get up close to see the details, stitchwork, and textures contained in these works of art. This video series includes interviews with Juror Dr. Susan Beryl Marks, curators from the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, and selected artists.
Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, Florida: May 25 - August 24, 2019
Refugees International Annual Gala, Washington, DC: April 21, 2020 * cancelled
Daura Gallery at the University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, Virginia: August 12, 2020 - November 20, 2020
Mills Station Arts & Culture Center, Rancho Cordova, California: January 1 - 31, 2021
Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania: March 25 - June 6, 2021
The Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead, Minnesota: July 3 - November 7, 2021
Bedford Gallery @ the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, California: February 26 - June 19, 2022
Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, United Kingdom: August 18, 2022 - August 21, 2022
Dr. Susan Beryl Marks developed a strong interest in Art and Design History, earning her PhD in Art History from the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom, in 2006. Her doctoral thesis explored these divisions by examining contemporary quiltmaking practices, which included a comparative study of historical developments in quiltmaking in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Additionally, she has authored numerous essays on a variety of quilt exhibits and quilt-related topics which have been published in exhibition catalogs and magazines. Dr. Marks is currently an Associate Fellow of the International Quilt Study Center.