Meet the Featured Artists

Carolyn Crump captures the spirit and lifts it to new heights of imagination in fine art that is gaining national recognition.

Working in diverse media, from acrylic paints, etchings, handmade paper, clay and wood to most recently, fabric and illustration. Crump defies illusionary boundaries to reflect a unique blend of wildness, freedom, and expression.

Her stunning quilts – sewn canvasses that tell powerful stories – are part of a national tour. Over the last year, she developed an illustration style that earned the national Gold prize from the Newspaper Association of America.

Her original paintings, prints and sculpture are sought after by collectors throughout the United States and Europe. As a working artist for the past 28 years, she continues to explore a style that is diverse as it is consistently striking.

Currently residing in Houston, Texas, Crump has been presented throughout North America and Europe in group and one-woman shows. Crump views her art as an expression of insight, strength and traditional love.

Georgia Williams is a 70-year-old retiree and grandmother of 11 with a master’s degree in psychology. She retired in 2005 and has had several creative adventures since that time. After she retired, she developed a business where she duplicated wedding dresses on Porcelain dolls, she created an African American Greeting card line, she designed and created costumes for a local high school for 15 years, she co-authored and published a children’s book with one of her granddaughters, and last and presently, she creates visual Black History through her Fiber Art!

In recent years she developed a love for narrative art quilting. All of her projects begin with research of the subject matter. This sparks ideas to get her started. “I have to say that EVERY quilt I have ever created never ends the way it started. Quilts evolve and lead me where they are destined to go.”

After sharing her work with Founder and President of the Women of Color Quilter’s Network, Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi in 2020, she became a part of the organization, and this opened the door to her first exhibition. She says she will be forever grateful! Georgia has since participated in 11 quilt exhibitions, won 6 ribbons: Best in Show (Wall Hanging) and Best Use of Embellishments, 1st place Fiber Art category, 3rd place small pictorial category (HIQF), and the Juan Cantavella Award of Distinction (CAL). She currently has a quilt touring the US (Showing soon at the Stark Museum), one on display at the US Embassy in Tallin, Estonia and an inquiry from the US Embassy in Prague. “This is my passion!”

Barbara Ann McCraw grew up on the south side of Chicago and later received her degree in English at Illinois State University in 1973. In 1986 she earned a degree in Medical Technology. She has worked at Texas Woman’s University, the University of North Texas and at U.T. Southwestern Medical Center where she was promoted to pathology supervisor before retiring in 2000.

Her lifelong love of sewing led from taking classes in quilting to teaching classes in quilting. She has achieved quilting Masters Status and her specialty is in telling stories and making statements with fabric art. Along with teaching, she has lectured and exhibited her work in shows, galleries, universities, and museums throughout the U.S., Europe and Africa.

Barbara’s submissions to quilt shows and exhibits have won numerous awards and acclaim. Several of her quilts are in private collections, including the Denton County African-American museum, the Denton County Courthouse museum, the University of Michigan and North Carolina Central University.

Her quilts have been featured in, Lark Publications for IQA, 500 Traditional Quilts, Journey of Hope, And Still we Rise, and Conscience of the Human Spirit by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi. The Texas Museum of Fiber Arts publication, Touching Fiber Arts by Carol Ikard and Jacquie Smith, and Hampton University and Hair Sophisticates publications. She was also featured in a documentary film Woven Together by the University of North Texas Radio and Film department, and in a television human interest story for CBS.

Barbara was invited to teach quilting in Tanzania, Africa in 2012, where she spent two weeks teaching a quilting program to young men and women with the goal of providing them a marketable skill to help better their lives. Two years later she returned to Johannesburg, South Africa, to participate in a quilt exhibit honoring Nelson Mandela. In 2013 she developed a no-cost, six-week summer program in her community to teach girls and boys the basics of sewing and quilting at her studio