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March 2011

Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, Offers African-American Quilts and Works by Allen D. Carter

The Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, is presenting several exhibits including: From Heart to Hand - African-American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and Remembering BIG, featuring works by Allen D. Carter, a.k.a. Big Al or Big. Both exhibitions are on view through Apr. 10, 2011.

In 2004, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (Montgomery, AL) inaugurated its collection of African-American quilts with an acquisition of 48 quilts created primarily by African-American women from West Alabama between 1945 and 2001. In late 2008, the Museum added ten more quilts to the collection. This exhibition includes select quilts from both groups, and features the work of Yvonne Wells and Nora Ezell, whose quilts showcase the variety of styles in the MMFA’s permanent collection.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 2006 publication, Just How I Picture It in My Mind: Contemporary African-American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts by Mary Elizabeth Johnson Huff. Published 2006, 109 pages with color illustrations. Copies will be available for purchase in the Cameron Art Museum Shop.

This exhibition was organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL.

Experience the inexhaustible creativity, expressive color and power of art created by this larger-than-life artist, affectionately known as “Big” in the exhibit, Remembering BIG. Allen D. Carter, a.k.a. Big Al or Big (1947 – 2008) was distinguished as celebrated artist, teacher and mentor to at-risk youth in the Arlington County Public Schools. This exhibition proudly honors the life and work of Big Al with a journey through decades of his prodigious art production including drawings and paintings on paper, canvas, household objects, prints, sculpture and constructions on loan from the artist’s estate. Audiences may recall Big Al’s energetic, large scale paintings in CAM’s 2006 exhibition Five American Artists.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Museum at 910/395-5999 or visit (

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