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16Apr 2010

Reception for - Sandy Benjamin-Hannbal: Quilts - in the President’s Office Gallery on Wednesday, Apr

Please join us for a reception for “Sandy Benjamin-Hannbal:
Quilts” in the President’s Office Gallery on Wednesday, April 28, 4-5:30pm.

Pratt Institute  
President’s Office Gallery
Main 1
200 Willoughby Avenue

The exhibition continues through September 2010.
Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, 10-4pm

Both the reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

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A nationally recognized quilt artist, Sandy Benjamin-Hannibal makes work
that reflects her dynamic color and design sensibility as well as her
connection to the African-American quiltmaking tradition. The daughter of
South Carolina cotton and tobacco farmers, she grew up in a household where
quilts and clothes were made at home, and has been working with fabric
since she was a child.

Benjamin-Hannibal’s quilts have been shown at the American Craft Museum
(now the Museum of Art and Design), the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian
Institution, the Newark Museum, and the Museum of Fine Art at Spelman
College. Her work has been documented in several books on contemporary
quiltmaking, including “Spirits of the Cloth:  Contemporary
African-American Quilts” by Carolyn Mazloomi (Clarkson Potter, 1998), and
“Black Threads,” by Kyra Hicks (McFarland & Co, 2002). Most recently, her
quilt “Windoors,” currently on display in the President’s Office Gallery at
Pratt, was reproduced in Mazloomi’s “Quilting African American Women’s
History: Our Challenges, Creativity and Champions” (Paper Moon Publishing,
2008). She is an active member of the contemporary quilt-making community,
involved in local and national quilt guilds and giving frequent lectures
and workshops. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Newark Museum
and private collections.

Benjamin-Hannibal attended Mary Holmes College in Mississippi before moving
to New York, where she took art courses at both F.I.T. and Pratt. She
retired in January 2010 after 42 years as assistant to the chair of the
Foundation Art and Design department at Pratt Institute. She plans to
devote more time to her
work, and is in the process of setting up a new home and studio in her
South Carolina.

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