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About the Artist

The artwork for our 36th Gathering Poster is “Trail Blazers” (2013) by quilt artist and National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow, Marion Coleman; from the collection of Arkainee Ervin.

The artwork for our 36th Gathering Poster is “Trail Blazers” (2013) by quilt artist and National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow, Marion Coleman; from the collection of Arkainee Ervin.

Poster Artist: Marion Coleman

Marion Coleman was a self-taught textile artist who designed projects that explored community stories, African-American history and culture, social injustice, women, and aging. She drew on her 20 years of experience as a social worker to enrich the work she created about community, health and wellness, and race. She became a professional artist in 2003.

Her public art projects can be found in several San Francisco Bay Area cities. In 2016, she curated “Neighborhoods Coming Together,” a place-making project about Oakland, CA, that was featured in The New York Times. Her work has been exhibited nationally (The Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, OH; Bullock Museum, Austin, TX; and Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI) and internationally (South Africa, Europe, Japan, Costa Rica and the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem). In 2018, she was recognized and honored with a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. Coleman lived and worked in Castro Valley, CA, from 1984 until her death in April 2019.

Learn more about Marion Coleman with a full bio, and in her own words, on video and podcast (work on “Trail Blazers” is described in the podcast).

We will post a photograph of the full 2020 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering poster when it is available. As always, posters will be for sale in our Gift Shop!