Quilts of Mandela on Display at Delta Arts Center
By Todd Luck
An exhibit of quilts honoring Nelson Mandela is currently making its one and only stop in the southeast at Delta Arts Center and Bennett College.
The exhibit, “Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela,” features 51 quilts from South Africa and the United States, is split between Delta and Bennett’s Wilbur Steele Hall Art Gallery in Greensboro. The exhibit comes from Michigan State University with quilts from the Women of Color Quilters Network. The quilts contain quotes, photos, art and patterns representing many aspects of Mandela’s history.
“There are so many different themes represented, so many different aspects of Nelson Mandela’s life: his time in prison, his presidency, the Nobel Peace Prize, his focus on education,” said Delta board member Alison Fleming.
The exhibit started touring South Africa in 2014 before coming to the United States in 2016. This is its last showing. The exhibit will run through Feb. 24.
“It’s an opportunity for us to even see this because it hasn’t been exhibited in the southeastern United States,” said Andrena Coleman, who curated the exhibit at Bennett College, where her quilt of Mandela is on display.
Delta Arts, 2611 New Walkertown Road and is open from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Bennett College, 900 East Washington St, Greensboro.
Todd Luck is a reporter for the Chronicle. This story first appeared in the Chronicle and is reprinted by permission.