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I hope that what I did made a mark on history and it can be like a piece of the puzzle to tell the story, especially about Black history … I'm standing on somebody's shoulders, and I want somebody to stand on my shoulders.Artist Kimberley Cartwright
We invite you to listen to the latest episode of the Nasher Museum Podcast featuring artist Kimberley Pierce Cartwright, who lives in Durham, North Carolina, and whose mixed-media works are part of Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now. She is in conversation with Andrea Carter, co-founder of Ngozi Design in Durham.
Kimberley Pierce Cartwright was born in Hallsboro, NC. Her quilt work represents an abstraction of real life. She began quilting and painting in the summer of 2006. Her work evokes emotion through her distinctive use of color. Kimberley specializes in small quilt fabric post cards. Her work includes abstract caricatures, acrylic paintings and mixed media embellishments. She also creates dolls and works on paper and canvas. Her love of color punctuates her use of very simple designs.
“I have the power to create art in my life,” she says. “I do that through my quilting. Sometimes I plan what I will do and sometimes I don’t. The result is always something I love. Everyone has the same power to create art in our own unique way.”
Kimberley holds a bachelor of arts degree from Shaw University in Radio Television and Film. She also earned a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Kimberley has taught classes in quilting and sewing. She has shown her work locally around the state. Her work has also been shown in Quilting Arts magazine and in the international magazine Quilt Mania.
Andrea Carter is a wife, mother and grandmother, born and raised in New York City and currently living and creating in Durham, NC. She is a mostly self-taught sewist and textile artist having first been inspired and supported by her fabulously stylish mother (chief dietician and part-time seamstress), who even assisted in getting the young fashionista her first job in the industry. Andrea spent over 35 years, mostly with New York-based fashion brands, in fashion production and sourcing. She traveled the world in various positions during her career. Her last few years before retiring from the industry in 2009, were spent in Georgia as a sourcing director for Vanity Fair Intimates/Fruit of the Loom, Inc.
Kimberly Pierce Cartwright
Hello everybody, my name is Kimberly Pierce Cartwright I am a quilter, a folk art painter in my art life. In my real life, I’m a news director at a public radio station. Glad to be here.
Hi, my name is Andrea Carter and I am the co-owner of Ngozi Design Group living here in Durham and I’m currently working as a textile artist in the Golden Belt artist studios. I am thrilled to be here with Kimberly Pierce Cartwright, a featured artist extraordinaire and one of the thirty North Carolina artists participating in the Nasher Museum’s exhibition, Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now.
Hello, how are you?
I’m doing great. How are you?
That’s good. It’s really great to see you. Always great to be in your presence. You are so my she-ro with all of your textile work and to be with you just makes me really very happy, because we’re sisters in the cloth.
You have conversations about sustainability, imagination, language ... how we communicate to each other with what we wear and what we look like, and color and technique. So I'm trying to put all that together and come up with ways of speaking about how I feel about ... the language of cloth.Andrea Carter, Co-Owner of Ngozi Design Group
J Caldwell, staff photographer, videographer, social media manager, Nasher Museum
Wendy Hower, director of engagement & marketing, Nasher Museum
Dani Yan, Duke Class of 2022, marketing intern, Nasher Museum
This exhibition was organized by the Nasher Museum’s curatorial department: Molly Boarati, associate curator; Adria Gunter, curatorial assistant; Melissa Gwynn, exhibitions and publications manager; Lauren Haynes, Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Senior Curator of Contemporary Art; and Marshall N. Price, Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now is generously supported by Bank of America.
Additional support provided by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation; The Duke Endowment; Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Fund for Exhibitions; Frank Edward Hanscom Endowment Fund; Janine & J. Tomilson Hill Family Fund; J. Horst & Ruth Mary Meyer Fund; John & Anita Schwarz Family Endowment; Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Foundation; Katie Thorpe Kerr and Terrance I. R. Kerr; Lisa Lowenthal Pruzan and Jonathan Pruzan; and Kelly Braddy Van Winkle and Lance Van Winkle.