Artist Statement:
I have a creative soul, and as far back as I can remember I have created art. I love the creative process by which concepts materialize into tangible and meaningful works of art. I was seduced by fabric and sewing decades ago and it has been my first love ever since. Fabric has led me down many different roads, all of which converged to forge my evolution into a textile artist and art quilter. I create art quilts to tell a story and process feelings that are unique and personal when viewed by audiences.

My artistic style is very organic. It incorporates natural elements such as natural fabrics, natural fibers, papers, sticks, shells and plant life. My pieces largely consist of 100% cotton fabrics precisely pieced together and embellished to create an image. My pieces generally have a literal presentation, but are figurative in their interpretation, which is done intentionally m to evoke emotions and especially feelings of spirituality.
 




Bio:
Carole Gary Staples is an award winning textile and fiber artist who has been designing with fabric and creating art for over thirty years. Born and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, her artistic training began at a very early age when she was selected to attend the prestigious Tam O' Shanter art program at Carnegie Mellon University. Her artistic training continued later at the University of Pittsburgh and subsequently at Seton Hill University where she received a Bachelors of Arts degree.

Carole's work has been featured and sold widely in venues throughout the mid-western and northeastern United States. Throughout her career she has been honored to create pieces for charity as part of her work.
Carole is the mother of two beautiful daughters and currently resides in West Chester Ohio with her husband Floyd.



Exhibitions:

January 11 - January 31, 2009
Quilts for Obama, Celebrating the Inauguration of Our 44th President
Curated by The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. and Roland Freeman
 

March 2008 - November 2008                 
Quilting African American Women's History: Our Challenges, Creativity, and Champions. National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center:
Curated by Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi, founder & director of WCQN

February 2007 - March 2010                 
Textural Rhythms: Quilting the Jazz Traditions:
Curated by Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi, founder & director of WCQN

May 5 - August 20, 2006                 
Migrations of the African Diaspora, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts;
Curated by Women of Visions, Inc.

August 10 - 12, 2006                  
Quilts for Change, Cintas Center, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio

February 10 - March 4, 2005
Six by Six, Northern Kentucky University Art Galleries, Highland Heights, Kentucky

 

Solo Shows:

January 2008
Artist of the Month, Crone Cottage Gallery, Bellevue, KY

November 2007 - January 2008
"Holiday Treasures" Kennedy Heights Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

November 2006,
"Fibers of Our Being", People's Mortgage Company, Pittsburgh, PA


 

Permanent collection:

July 2002
National Tribute Quilt, American Folk Art Museum, New York City
 

Awards:
1st Place fiber/glass/jewelry division -Kennedy Heights Arts Center-
The second annual spring show & outdoor Art Sale- May 2005

1st Place recipient of the Juror's Award for the "Migration of the African Diaspora" exhibit, august 2006


Books:
Textural Rhythms: Quilting the Jazz Traditions.
Carolyn L. Mazloomi, Paper Moon Publishing, 2007

Quilting African American Women's History: Our Challenges, Creativity, and Champions.  Carolyn L. Mazloomi, Paper Moon Publishing, 2007



 

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