Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas
detail: Autumn Evening by William Thompson and Andreios Alexander

Native Son, Local Threads: Quilts Inspired by Richard Wright

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Martin Luther King, Jr. by Tyisha Clemons Tyisha Clemons Martin Luther King, Jr., 2010
cotton fabric
This was a great experience for me. It showed me how beautiful artwork can be and how creative I can be. I realized that I had to have a positive mind the whole time in order to succeed. I used different shades of brown so that the quilt would be more realistic and I put eyelashes on my quilt to bring his eyes out more. It seemed as if he was looking right at me, listening to everything I had to say. I chose to do Martin Luther King, Jr., because he was very positive and I am inspired by him.
Tyisha Clemons
age 15, ninth-grader at Central Junior High School