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Jacqueline Johnson, Fiber Artist

Exhibitions / Group Shows


Celebrating Black Mermaids from Africa to America, City Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina, May 26-July 9, 2023. African Mermaid II and African Mermaid III quilts. Curated by Torreah "Cookie" Washington.


16th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition, Sister Girl Friends and Brothers Too, North Charleston City Hall, Charleston, South Carolina.  May 3 - June 18th.  Curated by Torreah "Cookie" Washington.

Quilters of Color Network of New York Exhibition, Maple Gove Community Center, Queens, NY. Curated by Thadine Wormley.  February 1- March 31, 2023.  Sanctuary and African Suzette quilts.

Sacred Threads: Expressing Life's Journeys 2022, United Methodist Church, Herndon, Virginia.  Up From Slavery quilt.  Curated by Lisa Ellis.

Yours for Race and for Country: Reflections on the Life of Colonel Charles Young,

National Afro-American Museum, Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio, March 16, 2019- August 17, 2019.

The Soul of Zora: A Literary Legacy Through Quilts, The Legacy Museum, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee Institute, AL.  "Finding Zora," quilt.  March 13 - July 14 2019.

Brooklyn Public Library, Williamsburg Branch, Kindred Quilts, A Celebration of Stories in Cloth, "The Empress," with Quilters of Color Network of New York.  February 7, 2019 - April 5, 2019.

Empire Quilters Show, Fashion Institute of Technology, "If We Can Gather in A Circle," April 2019.  

Visioning Human Rights in the New Millennium, April 1, 2016 - September 15, 2018.  "If We Can Gather in A Circle" in catalog.

The Soul of Zora at the African American Quilt Museum, Lawrence, Kansas. June 2- August 30, 2018.

Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter / Black Joy Flag

Fall 2017 New Museum, New York, New York

Winter 2018 Museum of the African Disapora, San Francisco

Spring 2018 Project Row Houses, Houston Texas

Summer 2018 Tate Modern, United Kingdom

Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela, 

April - July 15, 2018, Mariposa Museum, Peterborough, New Hampshire

April 7 - October 7, 2016, National Afro American Museum and Cultural Center, Wilberforce, OH 

September 8, 2015, Western Kentucky University

July 2014 - August 2014, International Quilt Festival, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Quilt and Sewing Fest of N. J., Somerset, New Jersey Mancuso Show, April 26 - 29, 2018.

The Fiber Matrix Exhibition at Westbeth Gallery, New York. Quilters of Color Network of New York exhibition.  October 7 - November 2017.

The Quilt and Sewing Fest of N. J., Somerset, New Jersey, Mancuso Show, March 3-6, 2016.

The Rhythmic Art of Thread Arts Horizons, LeRoy Neiman Arts Gallery, N.Y. November 13, 2015 - February 27, 2016. Curated by Michelle Bishop.

Brooklyn Public Library Macon Branch, Drunkard's Path Exhibition. November 2015 - February 2016

Sacred Threads 2015, Floris United Methodist Church, Herndon, VA. Curated by Lisa Ellis, July 2015.

By the Work of Her Hands, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA., June 4, 2015 - July 31, 2015

By the Work of Her Hands, American Legation Museum, Tangier, Morocco, March 2015

Artivist:  African Voices 1199 Union Gallery, New York, New York. May 1- May 31, 2015

ISMS Exhibition Avery Institute, Charleston, S.C., February 12 - -May 31, 2015


Honoring Faith: A Commemorative Quilt ExhibitionSeptember 2011- November 2011 City College of New York, New York, NY.


December 2011- February 2012, Evergreen State University, Olympia, WA


Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition: 

February 8 - March 31, 2007, Kings Art Complex, Elijah Pierce Gallery, Columbus, OH

November 18, 2007 - March 30, 2008, Reginald F Lewis Museum of African American History, Baltimore, Maryland

April 20, 2008 - August 31, 2008, Charles H. Wright Museum, Detroit, MI

December 21, 2008 - March 1, 2009, New York State Museum, Albany, New York

March 23 - August 23, 2009, American Folk Art Museum, New York, New York

January 24 - March 21, 2010, Museum of Texas Tech, Lubbock, Texas


June 13-Aguust 15, 2010, Cincinnati Freedom Center, Cincinnati, Ohio


September 24-Dec. 6, 2010  Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State, University Park, PA.


Selected Exhibitions

Threads of Truth, Hudson Guild Gallery, Quilters of Color Network of New York exhibition, 2013.

Mama Said: The Artworks and Transition Gallery, Idaho State University, Artifacts of Wise Women Pocatello, IA Feb. 27-March 10, 2012.

Black Mermaids: In Vision and Verse, City Waterfront Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina Fall 2012.

We Carry These Memories Moja Arts Festival, Avery Institute, Charleston, South Carolina, Fall 2011.


Urban Inspirations Show Empire Quilters, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York Spring 2011.


Mermaids and Merfolk in North Charleston Arts Festival/Piccolo Spoleto, Black Folklore Festival, Charleston, S.C., May-June 2010


Quilting the Stories of Our Lives North Charleston Arts Festival/Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, S.C., May-June 2008


Hands, Heads, and Hearts Pen and Brush Gallery, New York, February 2008.


Quilters of Color Network St. Augustine’s Church, New York, February 2008.


Urban Inspirations Fashion Institute of Technology, Empire Quilters Guild, New York 2007.


Quilters of Color Network of New York, St. Augustine’s Church, New York, June 2007. Curated by Minnie Curry. 


African American Quilters Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Mass., 2006


Quilters of Color Network of New York,  Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 2005


Block Party Quilters Guild of Brooklyn, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, 2005


Quilts in the Hall Show Brooklyn Borough Hall, Quilters Guild of Brooklyn, New York Dec. 2004.



To Follow the Curve in the River: Interview with Art Quilter Cathy Fussell, About Place Journal, Spring/Summer 2023.

Fiber Art Now Magazine, Excellence In Fibers, Winter 2023 issue. “Troubled Water”.

The Ruse of Duplicity: Ruminations on African Symbols Doubling in American Quilts, About Place Journal, essay published Spring/Summer 2022.

Yours for Race and Country:  Reflections on the Life of Colonel Charles Young, edited by Carolyn Mazloomi. Paper Moon Publications 2019.

Visioning Human Rights in the New Millennium: Quilting the Worlds Conscience, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2016.

Sacred Threads: 2015 exhibition catalouge

Conscience of the Human Spirit:  The Life of Nelson Mandela, Marsha MacDowell, Carolyn Mazloomi, Michigan State University, 2014.

Threads of Truth, Quilters of Color Network of New York, show catalog, 2013.

Urban Inspirations, Empire Quilters show catalog, Hamlin Rose Press, New York 2011.

Textural Rhythms: Quilting the Jazz Tradition, Carolyn Mazloomi, Paper Moon Publishing, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2007.

A Communion of the Spirits: African-American Quilters, Preservers, and Their Stories, Roland Freeman, Rutledge Hill Press, Nashville, TN, 1996.


First Story Quilters Gathering, El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice, March 2023.

Artist in Residence at the Brooklyn Public Library, Macon Branch Summer 2018.

Community Quilting/Fiber Arts Workshop, Brooklyn Public Library, Macon Branch, Fall 2018.

Stoops BedStuy Artist in Residence with Macon branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, 2018.


By the Work of Her Hands, International Exchange Residency in Morocco (Rabat/Tangier), 2015.

Sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

Quilt Donations:

James Madison's Montpelier Museum, Montpelier, VA.  Donated a queen size traditional strip quilt in 2017 to the Slavery archive.



(309) Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! interview with Jacqueline Johnson - YouTube

(309) Jacqueline Johnson - YouTube  (By the Work of Her Hands)

(13) Watch | Facebook (Bedstuy Stoops)

Professional Associations:

Empire Quilters Guild, New York, 1989 - Present

Quilters of Color Network of New York, 1990 - Present.

Arts Administration:

Chair of Program Committee, Quilters of Color Network of New York, N.Y. 2013-2015.

Worked collaboratively with president, vice president, treasurer and others to successfully plan and execute annual programming for the guild on a volunteer basis.  Responsible for procuring professional art quilters, vendors and recruiting members to teach monthly workshops; handled all vendor contracts; payment and execution of actual events.  Managed any related facility issues and setup.  Through savvy program efforts have increased membership and reduced attrition of members.


City University of New York, M.A., Creative Writing: Poetry, 2000.  

New York University, B.S.W., Social Work/Communications, 1979.

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