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January 8, 2009


NEW YORK, January 8, 2009 – Dr. Myrah Brown Green, Distinguished Lecturer of Art at The City College of New York (CCNY), is one of 44 master quilters whose work is included in “Quilts for Obama: An Exhibit Celebrating the Inauguration of our 44th President.”  The exhibit, at The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., opens Sunday, January 11, and runs through January 31.

“Only 44 quilters were chosen so I’m really honored to be part of this show celebrating this historical occasion,” said Dr. Green, who is also Arts Advisor to City College’s Dean of Humanities and the Arts.

Dr. Green’s quilt, “Children Dancin’ at the Tree of Life,” is one of approximately 60 art and interpretive quilts made to celebrate the inauguration and welcome the Obama family to Washington.  The quilt is a part of her “Dancin’ at the Tree of Life” series.

It depicts children dressed in red, white, and blue clothing celebrating at a tree of life.  The Egyptian Ankh symbol and Ghana’s Gye Nyame symbol are placed in the tree to represent long life, protection, and infinite wisdom and spirit for the 44th president.

The three-week exhibit is presented by the Historical Society and the Women of Color Quilters Network in collaboration with The Group for Cultural Documentation. Roland L. Freeman, the noted folklorist and photo-documenter whose career began during the Civil Rights movement, will be the guest curator. “To be in a show curated by Roland Freeman, an historical guru in his own right, is another honor,” Dr. Green added.

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. is located at 801 K Street, N.W. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday. The Society is closed for Inauguration Day, January 20.  For more exhibit information, please visit The Group for Cultural Documentation’s web site, www.tgcd.org, or call TGCD at (202) 882-7764.

About Myrah Brown Green

Dr. Green is an art historian, fiber/surface designer and professional quilt artist.  She earned a Ph.D. in Art History from Union Institute & University and has taught textile arts for 20 years and all levels of quilt-making for more than a decade. Her quilts can be found in many private collections as well as in the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Museum in Washington.

Dr. Green’s quilt exhibits include a one-woman show at the Cacciola Gallery in New York and the Parlor Gallery in Brooklyn. She also participated in the national traveling exhibit “Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary African American Quilts” and numerous other shows around the nation titled “Textural Rhythm: Constructing the Jazz Tradition and Threads of Faith.”

Her quilts have appeared in numerous publications and she has contributed to several books.  Her book, “Pieced Symbols: Quilt Blocks from the Global Village” (Lark Press) will be released in August 2009.

In 2007, Dr. Green, a Brooklyn resident, co-founded Tell Mama Now, an educational program for girls and young women interested in the arts and art history.  This project earned her a Proclamation from the Brooklyn Borough President.  Her other awards include the “Women of Distinction” Congressional Honor from the Women’s Caucus for Rep. Edolphus “Ed” Towns, D-N.Y., in 2008, and the Key to the City of Cambridge, Mass., in 2005.

About The City College of New York

For more than 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; The School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA); The School of Education; The Grove School of Engineering, and The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. For additional information, visit www.ccny.cuny.edu.