The Colored Girls Museum Honors the Ordinary Extraordinary Colored Girl everyday. Once a year for Women's History Month we pay tribute to an Ordinary Colored Girl in our community who exemplifies the mission spirit and practice of  TCGM.

Last year The Colored Girls Museum honored artist Barbara Bullock’s personal  and professional space making during our first annual TCGM Honors Award Ceremony. Barbara received , a one of a kind  sculptural piece created by fiber artist and doll maker Lorrie Patrice Payne and  a community of her friends, fans and family gathered to celebrate her. This year, TCGM Honors is pleased to recognize Ms. Toni Kersey. 

Toni Kersey TCGM 2017 Honoree

Toni Kersey TCGM 2017 Honoree

"The greatest blessings in my life have been the people in my life."

The  award ceremony is scheduled for 3pm  March 26, 2017 at The Colored Girls Museum.

Toni Kersey Quilts on Display in TCGM Dining Room

Toni Kersey Quilts on Display in TCGM Dining Room

Toni Kersey is a mixed media fiber artist, designer, and professor whose work is informed by her background as a graphic designer. After studying fabric painting techniques her creative focus shifted to fiber art, beginning to make quilts in 2005.  Since that time, Toni has concentrated on developing a creative language that fuses African-American quilt making with abstract painting, dying, beading and printing techniques.  

I want my grandchildren to remember me—maybe something that I teach them will resonate in their life. We come here to plant seeds. I want to know that I have made a difference in the space that I take up. I want to have a positive impact

— Toni Kersey

Ms. Kersey is indeed a gifted artist --she is also a  devoted mom,daughter, friend and community member. 

Join us March 26, 2017  for a celebration of the Ordinary Extraordinary Toni Kersey!

Listen to TCGM quilt-maker, Toni Kersey, talk about her improvisational quilts, the importance of matrilineal oral history traditions, and her involvement in TCGM.

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