My Mother Was the First REAL Thug That I Knew. Works by Sandra Keat German & Vanessa German
June 29 @ 5:00 pm - July 21 @ 5:00 pm | FREE
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Vanessa German (1976 – )
Vanessa German is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the founder of Love Front Porch and the ARThouse, a community arts initiative for the children of her historic Homewood neighborhood. Her work is in private and public collections including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Progressive Art Collection, and Snite Museum of Art, among many others. Her work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered, and in The Huffington Post, O Magazine, and Essence Magazine. She is the recipient of the 2015 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant.
Sandra Keat German (1949 – 2014)
German was the queen of free motion machine quilting. She was featured in the award-winning documentary Pennsylvania Quilts. She inspired hundreds of students to believe in their hands, in their hearts, and in the creative genius of their instincts through her intuitive quilting and teaching methods. She was the founder of the Grailville Quilters and the Grailville Quilt show. Her award-winning works of fiber art have been shown in galleries and museums around the world.
“My Mother Was the First REAL Thug That I Knew” was penned by Vanessa German as the title for this exhibition. This exhibition marks the first time the mother/daughter work has been exhibited in the same gallery space. As a citizen artist, Vanessa explores the power of art and love as a transformative force in the dynamic cultural ecosystem of communities and neighborhoods. Sandra taught Vanessa and her siblings to make things, to question authority, to speak up, to show up, to dance, to sing, to laugh, to eat well, and to fight for what is right. Vanessa cites her mother, Sandra Keat German, as the cornerstone of her approach as a maker.