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Cathy Fussell: Quilts exhibition starts January 28th

Cathy Fussell, one of the Chattahoochee Valley’s most beloved scholar/artists, has turned her lifetime hobby of quilting into an inspiring and evocative exploration of life, memory, literature and geography of her native Georgia and beyond.

And now the first large-scale exhibition of her work will be available to see in her hometown of Columbus, GA before much of it travels to galleries and events across the eastern United States.

Cathy Fussell: Quilts will be in the second floor Reading Room of the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road from January 28th through March 5th during the library’s normal hours. Admission is free, and no tickets or advance reservations are required.

The event is presented as part of the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries’ NEA Big Read celebration of author Thi Bui and her graphic memoir The Best We Could Do. Both Ms. Fussell’s quilts and Ms. Bui’s novel reflect on and analyze themes of time, place, family, displacement and diaspora. The NEA Big Read: Columbus is presented in collaboration with the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians at Columbus State University. Ms. Fussell was the first Director of the Center after it was established in the childhood home of the celebrated author.

OPENING RECEPTION AND ARTIST PRESENTATION: The public is invited to officially welcome the exhibition and to hear Ms. Fussell speak about her work. The event takes place at the exhibit in the Columbus Public Library on Thursday February 2nd. The reception will begin at 6:00pm, with Ms. Fussell speaking at 7:00pm. A limited number of free copies of our NEA Big Read selection The Best We Could Do will be available to attendees.

“As She Lay Dying: Addie Bundren on her Deathbed”. Part of the Southern Literature Quilt collection by Cathy Fussell and Fred Fussell.

The exhibit will be divided into three sections. The first will feature Southern Literature Quilts, a series of smaller pieces inspired by many of the authors that Ms. Fussell read and taught as a high school and college English instructor. These quilts were designed in collaboration with her husband, artist/writer and former Columbus Museum chief curator Fred Fussell.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE DIGITAL LIBRARY OF GEORGIA’S “CATHY FUSSELL: QUILTS” ENTRY, INCLUDING AN ORAL HISTORY WITH CATHY AND FRED FUSSELL

“Genocide at Horseshoe Bend”

The second section of the exhibit will highlight Ms. Fussell’s famed Map Quilts. These artworks feature topographical and geographical portrayals of various sites in Georgia, Alabama and beyond, often sites that have historical, cultural, or familial significance to various people. Initially abstract upon first viewing, the careful layering of texture and color draws the viewer into a stunning and thought-provoking portrayal of the past and present in the American South.

CLICK HERE FOR “THE COLUMBUSITE” INTERVIEW WITH CATHY FUSSELL ABOUT HER QUILTS

The final section of the exhibit will feature other selected works from Ms. Fussell’s collection that continue her examinations into Southern Life through different themes. These include quilts inspired by Native American imagery.

The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Arts Midwest.

NEA Big Read: Columbus is presented by the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries and the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians at Columbus State University.

Additional support for the NEA Big Read: Columbus is provided by the Muscogee County Library Foundation.

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