The Bard Graduate Center
Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture
Crossing Boundaries: African-American Women Designers
Cheryl R. Riley, Courtney Sloane, Rose Piper Wheeler, and Michele Washington
Thursday, November 30
6:00-7:30 p.m. presentations and discussion
7:30-8:00 p.m. reception and exhibition viewing
$35; $25 seniors and students
African-American women, representing two historically marginalized segments of Western society, have become increasingly influential in the field of design. Graphic designer Michele Washington will lead a discussion with several other prominent African-American women designers. Furnishings designer Cheryl R. Riley, interior designer Courtney Sloane, and textile designer Rose Piper Wheeler will address key issues that have shaped the experiences of African-American women working today in this creative arena.
Cheryl R. Riley (B.A., Columbia College) is owner and Principal Designer of Right Angle Designs, whose art and furniture has been featured in exhibitions such as Design Process: Cheryl R. Riley at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution (1993).
Courtney Sloane (B.A. Rutgers University) is founder, President, and Creative Director of Alternative Design, a multi-disciplinary design studio whose clients include Sony Music Entertainment, Disney, and the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame Museum, and publisher of the column "By Design" in Essence magazine.
Michele Washington (B.S., Adelphi University; M.S., Pratt Institute) is founding principal and Creative Director of Washington Design and a Visiting Instructor at Pratt Institute, who cocurated the traveling exhibition Visual Perception: Twenty-One African American Designers Challenge Modern Stereotypes (1991).
Rose Piper Wheeler (B.A. Hunter College), also known as Rose Rancier, is fine artist, designer, and former Senior Vice President of Jarmel Fabrics, Inc., who was a leading American designer of knit from the 1950s through the 1970s.
The Women Designers exhibition catalogue, including the chapter "'Three Strikes Against Me': African-American Women Designers," will be available for purchase.
Location: The BGC, 38 West 86th Street
For more information or to register, please call: 212 501-3013 or 212-501-3021.
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