Phyllis Stephens: Story Quilts

Phyllis Stephens: Story Quilts 2017-05-09T13:24:04+00:00

Phyllis Stephens, Lover’s Lane, 2016, fabric, 48″ x 72″ Private Collection of Mary H. Parker

June 24 – September 17, 2017

Phyllis Stephens is an award-winning fifth generation quilt maker, considered by critics to be a Master of African-American Story Quilts.  She has quilted professionally for more than thirty years.  Her quilts are widely collected by both private and public institutions. She travels frequently to Ghana, the fabric capital of the world, and was honored to exhibit at the Fine Art Museum of Ghana.

This selection of quilted works of art is drawn from several private collections in the Atlanta metro area. Also on view will be her limited-edition portfolio and quilt storybook entitled For Crying Out Loud, a print portfolio documenting stories of ‘the stolen girls’ of the Civil Rights Movement.

Ms. Stephens has stated, “The long process (of quilting) allows me time to travel to some of the sweetest places in my memories, like the quilting parties I enjoyed as a little girl.  It was there that sewing hands and tall tales flowed one in the same. I enjoy every part, every process and the special privilege of creating a quilt.”

Organized by Elizabeth H. Peterson, Director, OUMA