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Artist ID: 2437

Quilts are about history and art and politics and stories and patience and beauty and community and economics and place and expression and freedom and transition and family and warmth – and love. And they’re feminized and devalued. All that is why I’m so into quilts and quiltmaking. Plus, I just love to sew.

Cathy Fussell has been a practicing fiber artist for more than 50 years. She has been sewing and working with textiles since her early childhood in Buena Vista, Georgia, her hometown. Today, she maintains a studio in Columbus, Georgia, where she specializes in making art quilts and related works in fabric. Cathy’s imagery generally fall into three major categories: Regional Geography, Southern literature, and American modernism. Cathy Fussell retired from Columbus State University in 2011 following a long career as an English professor and teacher.
Fussell’s art is held in a number of public collections. Included among them are two major works in the The Fulton County (GA) Public Arts Collection and six large pieces in the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Koch Collection in New York, New York. Additional examples of her artwork has been exhibited in numerous juried and curated art exhibitions around the South and beyond, and her work is held in dozens of private collections around the nation and abroad.

In 2016, Cathy was commissioned by the prestigious Congressional Club in Washington, DC, to make a special quilt for First Lady Michelle Obama. The result was “Apollo Splashdown Revisited – Homage to Alma Woodsey Thomas.” That piece was presented to Mrs. Obama by The Congressional Club at their Annual First Lady’s Luncheon in Washington, DC, during the final year of the Obama presidency. That work will be included in the collection of the (forthcoming) Barack Obama Presidential Library in Chicago.

Cathy Fussell continues to pursue a vigorous schedule of one-person exhibitions. Her current show here in Hoover, Alabama will soon be followed by others in Bath, Maine; Tupelo, Mississippi; and Athens, Georgia.

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