Philly Reception: A Response To Gees Bend

At Swarthmore with The Response To Gees Bend and the main exhibition of Mary Lee Bendolph’s quilts. This is certainly a day that The LORD meant to be! There’s no way that I belong with these folks and certainly no way I deserve to be “cuttin’ up” with Mrs. Bendolph and her sons!

I’m honored to be chosen as 1 of the 12 Quilters for this exhibition. YES, we sang hymns up in here. The Bendolph folks carry The Lord with them! Somehow, these Gees Bend, Alabama folks have it in their minds to call me “Rev. Maadus….🤨

The Latest Exhibition is at Swarthmore College…NOW!

“Front Porch Windows” by Jas. Mardis 2018

Responses to Gee’s Bend
Public Reception and Curators’ Talk
McCabe Library Atrium

Sept. 6 – Oct. 28

Installed concurrently with Piece Together: The Quilts of Mary Lee Bendolph, Responses to Gee’s Bend features works by 17 artists who were inspired by the aesthetic legacy of Gee’s Bend and created works specifically for McCabe Library’s space. The exhibition was curated by Andrea Packard, List Gallery director; Alicia Ruley-Nock, independent quilt maker; and Susan Dreher, Visual and Digital Initiatives Librarian. Selected from numerous applicants from across the United States, the artists featured in Responses to Gee’s Bend demonstrate a wide range of approaches, techniques, and thematic concerns.

Human Rights Exhibition Opening in Ohio

You just can’t imagine the time we had sharing together at the exhibition opening in Hamilton, OH. Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi is a Master at gathering artistic souls. The crowd at The Fitton Center for the Arts kept us (60 Artist) all dancing with questions, tears, anger, confusion and applause. This is a traveling exhibition so call your favorite Museum to see if they will schedule it.


Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, Curator
Quilter and Former Librarian, Julius Bremer


The dynamic Ms. April Anue and her 3D piece
Detail narrative section of my piece, “Cruelty Comes for Us All”
Detail court house steps & surrender section of my piece, “Cruelty Comes for Us All”
Detail top section of my piece, “Cruelty Comes for Us All”. The bloody hands are on lynch scenes
Detail top section of my piece, “Cruelty Comes for Us All”. The bloody hands are on lynch scenes and the postcard is to remind us that pictures of lynchings once traveled in the U.S. Mail
“Cruelty Comes for Us All” by Jas Mardis