Yvonne Wells Bicentennial Project

Calling all artists!

Celebrate the upcoming 200-year anniversary of Tuscaloosa



Calling All Artists to celebrate the upcoming 200-year anniversary of Tuscaloosa, the Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Commission has formed to put together a year long celebration that will culminate in the official celebration on the city’s birthday on December 13,2019. During the year leading up to the anniversary, the city will celebrate one aspect of Tuscaloosa’s rich history each month from African American history in the city in February to education in August to sports and leisure in November. As part of this celebration, the Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Commission has asked Yvonne Wells, a Tuscaloosa native and celebrated folk artist who is known internationally for her storytelling quilts, to create a quilt that celebrates the history of Tuscaloosa to be presented at the official bicentennial kickoff in December 2018.


Yvonne Wells, has been making quilts since 1979, with her first quilt being a utility quilt made from necessity. A self-taught, Wells has grown to be a nationally and internationally acclaimed artist. Known for her colorful and bold story quilts, Wells takes pride “in making big, bold, primitive and unusual quilts.” She has received both Alabama Arts Award and the Visual Craftsmanship Award from the Alabama Arts Council. Her works are featured in festivals and travelling museum exhibits across the nation. Currently, six of her quilts are part of the permanent collection of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Nebraska.


Yvonne Wells is looking for a group of four creative artists to join her in making the Bicentennial Quilt for Tuscaloosa which will consist of 2’ x 4’ panels. Under her guidance, these four artists will help bring the history of Tuscaloosa to life on the quilt in Well’s story-telling style. Applicants must be able to hand-stitch and should demonstrate a creativity in the arts, while also being able to work well in a cooperative and constructive environment.


Applicants must be available to meet and work on the quilt at Kentuck Art Center’s Clarke Building for the following timeline:


Saturday, March 17, 2018: 10am-12pm

Saturday, March 24, 2018: 10am-12pm

Saturday, April 14th, 2018: 10am-12pm

Saturday, April 21st, 2018:10am-12pm

*More dates may be added in the future if necessary for the completion of the project


Apply now! Applications are open from January 1, 2018 – March 1, 2018.

Applications will be notified of their selection by March 9, 2018.


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