Parts, Patterns, and Pieces

June 16, 2017 - September 17, 2017 at the BNY Mellon Satellite Gallery

This interdisciplinary exhibit, organized by Women of Visions, Inc., features artworks by regional artists and explores visual expressions related to Black hair. From intuitive geometry to strands of resistance, these African American artists adapt, innovate, and integrate cultural notions of adornment by drawing from within.

Rich and varied expressions of personal and social reflections of African American women are voiced.

A Pittsburgh-based group representing artists of many mediums, Women of Visions, Inc. was founded in 1981. The mission of the organization is to advance the art of African American women through self-promotion and education. WOV presents collaborative exhibitions with arts groups and individual artists, and builds relationships in the arts both regionally and nationally.

Participating artists:
Lynne B. – mixed media
Jo-Anne Bates – mixed media
Ruth Bedian – quilting
Tina Williams Brewer – fiber
Christiane Dolores – mixed media
Celeta Hickman – jewelry
Mayota Hill – mixed media
Charlotte Ka – mixed media
LaVerne Kemp – mixed media
Mary Martin – ceramic
Christine McCray-Bethea – mixed media
Harriette A. Merriwether – textile
Njaimeh Nije – digital photography
Altha Pittrell – ceramic
Ruth A. Ward – fiber


Funding for Parts, Patterns and Pieces and Oaths and Epithets: Works by Sonya Clark is provided by the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Program, a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments, and media sponsors 91.3 WYEP and 90.5 WESA.