Carole Harris

Carole Harris

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Courtesy of Simone DeSousa Gallery
Artist: Carole Harris
Title: Do you feel like dancing, 1995
Commercially printed cottons, gold lame, cotton cord and thread, cotton batting, wrapped cord, strip pieced by machine and hand quilted 
74.5" x 55.5" (unframed)

Carole Harris extends the boundaries of traditional quilting by exploring other forms of stitchery, irregular shapes, textures, materials and objects. Carole is captivated by the interplay of hue and pattern, often drawing inspiration from the color, energy, movement, and rhythms of ethnographic textiles she collects, as well as the music of, and changing rhythms and history of the city of Detroit where she lives.

Carole Harris’ work was included in The Sum of Many Parts: 25 Quiltmakers in 21st Century America, which toured China in 2012, where she was a guest lecturer. In 2017 her work was included in Footworks at the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne in France. Her work has received numerous awards and has been exhibited and published extensively, including a two-person exhibition Repetition, Rhythm, and Vocab with artist Allie McGhee at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) in 2018, a solo exhibition at the NCRC Rotunda Gallery at the University of Michigan in 2017, and a solo exhibition at The Dennos Museum Center in 2019. Her work was included in the exhibition Landlord Colors: On Art, Economy, and Materiality at the Cranbrook Art Museum in 2019. In 2015 Carole Harris was awarded a Kresge Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship.

Harris is a recipient of the 2021 Career Achievement Award in Art & Art History at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, where her work was on view in Nov-Dec 2021 in a solo installation titled "The Journey Continues" at the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery.

Harris' work was also on view at Stamps Gallery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in Nov-Dec. 2021, as one of five finalists of ENVISION, a new awards program designed to support the development of contemporary artists living in Michigan.  



Simone DeSousa Gallery is a contemporary art gallery and project located in Cass Corridor, Midtown Detroit, since 2008. The gallery, which also includes an EDITION space, has presented more than 100 exhibitions in the past years, including works by local and international emerging and mid-career artists, and has played a pivotal role in supporting contemporary art and design in Detroit.