The Bicentennial Committee has commissioned Yvonne Wells to lead a group in creating a Story Quilt in celebration of Tuscaloosa’s Bicentennial. A press release was published in January by the Tuscaloosa News and other media asking people interested in participating in this event to enter their name for consideration in the 4-person team to be led by Yvonne. The team began work on the quilt March 17th and plan to complete the first phase by the end of May. The quilt is made of 4 panels representing East, West, North and South Tuscaloosa. These panels, once completed, will be sewed together by Yvonne to make one quilt. The quilt will be unveiled at the Tuscaloosa 200 Bicentennial launch Ceremony on January 31.
Yvonne Wells work as an artist has encompassed seeing her quilts exhibited in galleries, included in museum collections, and acquired by folk art collectors. The International Quilt Study Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has the nation’s most complete collection of quilts and has exhibited her quilts, and included them in their permanent collection. In 1998 she also earned the prestigious Alabama Arts Award and the Visual Craftsmanship Award from the Alabama Arts Council. She has also won numerous awards at the Kentuck Festival of the Arts in Northport, has had exhibitions of her work at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa, and numerous Civil Rights museums. “I taught myself and have had no formal training in quilt-making. I consider myself a quilt artist and take pride in making big, bold, primitive and unusual quilts,” said Mrs. Wells.