Bisa Butler American, b. 1975

Bisa Butler's quilts are enchanting works of art.  These quilts communicate art, emotion, heritage, tradition, and beauty. The quilts of Bisa Butler represent a merging of artistic excellence and quilting magic. A formally trained artist, Butler graduated Cum Laude from Howard University, with a Bachelor's in Fine Art degree.  It was her education at Howard that Butler was able to refine her natural talents under the tutelage of such lecturers as Lois Mailou Jones, Elizabeth Catlett, and Ernie Barnes.  While at Howard, Butler also studied the works of Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, and Henry O. Tanner. While in the process of obtaining her Master’s degree on the road to a career as an art teacher, Butler took a Fiber Arts class that the light bulb went on and she finally realized how to express her art.   "As a child, I was always watching my mother and grandmother sew, and they taught me. After that class, I made a quilt for my grandmother on her deathbed, and I have been quilting ever since."