[image-1] The North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is preparing the 13th annual African-American Fiber Art Exhibition as part of 2019’s North Charleston Arts Fest — but it needs submissions. The title of next year’s show is Black Gold. All African-American fiber artists are encouraged to submit their work.

The theme for this year is related to the song “Black Gold” by Grammy Award-winning artist Esperanza Spalding. In particular, curator Torreah Cookie Washington found inspiration in these lyrics: “Think of all the strength you have in you / From the blood you carry within you / Ancient ones, powerful ones / Built us a civilization…” Artists are challenged to look up the full lyrics to the song, watch the music video, and create something that relates to the themes found in both.

Artists are allowed to submit up to four different pieces for consideration in the Black Gold exhibition; there is a $30 submission fee for all artists. Following the exhibition, up to 20 pieces from the show may be selected to tour the state as a part of the State Museum’s 2019/2020 Traveling Exhibitions. Exhibitions are curated throughout the state and might result in future exposure for the artists involved.

Artists can apply online — the deadline is Fri. March 1, 2019.