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April Shipp

Rochester Hills, MI, United States

I am a self-taught fiber artist, and figurative sculptor with over 30 years of quilt making experience. I’ve taught workshops in and around the city of Detroit. I’ve designed patterns for both Quilts and Soft Sculpture Dolls. My work has been shown locally and internationally. Experience: • 2021- Detour Detroit- 10 Rising Artist who you should know in Detroit. Courtney Wise Randolph • 2020-2021 “Aired Out Quilts” A Live Coal Gallery. Curated by Yvette Rock. Knight Arts Challenge Detroit • 2020- ARI, The Becoming – Public Pool. Curated by Chido Johnson • 2020-Detroit Artist Market (DAM): “Big Six Art Auction”. Curated by Matt Fry • 2020- “Plus One”: Featuring resident artist of 333 Midland and their guest: Annex Gallery. Curated by Mike Ross • 2020-Detroit Artist Market (DAM), “Multifaceted Narratives”: An Exploration of Black Figurative Art. Curated by Juana Williams • 2020-Hannan Center, Ellen Kayrod Gallery- “Grandmother Art Exhibit”. Curated by Richard Reeves • 2020- Detroit Artist Market (DAM): “20 Days, 20 DAM Artists” – Online Exhibition. Curated by Elizabeth Youngblood • 2020-Thursdays at the Detroit Institute of Arts | Artist Demonstration: • 2020- HAIRacry – Norwest Gallery. Curated by Asia Hamilton • 2019- “Griot of the Cloth Presentation”, Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild • 2019- Monthly free quilt making classes “Griot of the Cloth”- Charles Wright Museum • 2019- PerSIStence: The Tenacity of Detroit Female Artist, Collected Detroit Gallery, curated by Nancy J. Rodwan • 2010-Present I teaching the art of quilt making at Wayne County Community College School of Continuing Education Detroit’s downtown campus. • 2019 - “Behind Every Great Man”: Yours for Race and Country: Reflections on the Life of Col. Charles Young. Curated by Carolyn Mazloomi, with catalog. • 2018 - “Ancestree & Thorn in My Side Greens in My Pot”: Connecting the Threads INAI Gallery in Adrian Mi. • 2018 –” Quiltfolk Magazine”, quoted and photographed in alone with some of the members of the Great Lakes African-American Quilter’s Network. Quiltfolk is the premium quilting publication. • 2018 - Charles Wright African American Museum: Lecture and workshop on the Quilters’ of Gee's Bend Alabama. • 2018 - “The Water Returned Him”: Human Rights in the New Millennium: Quilting the World’s Conscience. Curated by Carolyn Mazloomi, with catalog. • “Strange Fruit a Century of Lynching and Murder 1865-1965” featured on the front page of the Detroit Free Press February 12, 2018 • 2018 - “Mama Rosa, Nina Simone and Ethel Waters”: Confronting History: Contemporary Fabrics and the African-American Experience, World Bank Art Program Washington DC. • 2018 – The Annual Women’s Show: Carr Center Detroit, Curated by Myette Risker. • 2017-2018 - “Golden Lady and Lupita”: Mercedes-Benz RDNA: A Global Perspective. Curated by Bobbie Crawford. • 2017 - “Doll Make & Take Workshop” Detroit Institute of Arts: Artist Demos. • 2016-2017 - Billie Holiday and Nina Simone”: Mercedes-Benz RDNA: A Global Perspective. Curated by Bobbie Crawford. • 2017 - “Ma ’Rainey & Ethel Waters”: Birmingham Bloom Art Center BBAC. Exhibition and catalog. • 2016-2018 - Vice President: Great Lakes African American Quilters Network. • 2016 - “A Simple Act of Kindness Can Change the World”: A Commitment to Peace, Love, and Social Justice: Quilt Tributes to Desmond and Leah Tutu, South Africa. Curated by Aleia Brown, with catalog. • 2016 – “Thorn in my side Greens in my Pot”: A Cloth of Earth and Sky”. Best in show, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, Mi. • 2016 - “Open Book to Freedom”, featured in “American Craft Magazine, Stories of the Cloth. • 2016 - “Strange Fruit a Century of Lynching and Murder 1865-1965”: Quilts and Human Rights. Curated by Masha MacDowell, Mary Worrall, Lynne Swanson and Beth Donaldson., with catalog. • 2014 - Radio interview with Maggie Ayer of the BBC Radio Four, was awarded the pick of the week, and later that same year the interview won the PRIX Europa, Best European Radio Music Program of the Year. • 2014 – “Tata Father of the Nation” Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela. Curated by Masha MacDowell and Carolyn Mazloomi. • 2014 – Solo Show “Ladies Who Sang the Blues”: A series of 12 female blue singers portrait quilts Birmingham Unitarian Church. Facilitated by Joseph Sims • 2014 - Solo Show: Detroit Fiber Works. Facilitated by Najma Wilson and Mandisa Smith • 2013 – “Open Book to Freedom”: And Still We Rise. Curated by Carolyn Mazloomi, with catalog. • 2013 - Featured in the November’s Detroit News Handmade section. • 2013 – “Strange Fruit a Century of Lynching and Murder 1865-1965”. Featured in “fRoots”, The Essential Folk, Roots & World Music Guide. • 2003 – “Strange Fruit: A Century of Lynching and Murder. Debut at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, as part of the Without Sanctuary exhibit. Curated by Christy Coleman. • 2006-2008 Taught a free quilt making class at the Akwaaba Community Center Detroit. • 2002 - Road to Rwanda, was one of the finalists in the UAW DaimlerChrysler Artist at Work Competition.

April's ArtPrize Entries

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