Journey to Freedom: Art Quilts by Cynthia Lockhart
December 13, 2019–March 15, 2020 | Sinton Gallery
Cynthia Lockhart’s textile creations invite viewers to embark on a journey of discovery. Composed of colorful fabrics arranged in dynamic patterns, her fiber art tells a story—one that encourages people to understand more deeply the diversity of people, cultures, and beauty in the world around them.
Lockhart’s exhibition, Journey to Freedom, tells heroic and joyful stories of her ancestors, celebrating a strong people who endured many injustices. The works in the show also pose questions about the perceptions of freedom in America. Lockhart hopes that her art serves as a catalyst for individuals to continue to be inspired to dream, dance, sing, and shout their way forward to unbounded possibilities of freedom.
The artist’s work, which pushes the boundaries of the traditional quilt form, is included in the collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and the University of Cincinnati (UC) and has been featured in numerous publications, including the Encyclopedia of African American Artists (2009). Now Professor Emerita, Lockhart taught students in UC’s College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning (DAAP) for 25 years.