The Century of Women’s Progress Quilt Challenge is pleased to have the capable service of three distinguished jurors, Inez Brooks-Myers, Patricia Guthrie and Rosa Valdez. They will be supported by history consultant Melinda McCrary during jury deliberations.
Inez Brooks-Myers received her BA in Decorative Arts and MA in Design from UC Berkeley. She is the retired Curator of Costumes and Textiles, Oakland Museum of California, where she worked with contemporary and historic quilts in such exhibitions as: “American Quilts: A Handmade Legacy,” “African American Story Quilts,” “Women of Taste: A Collaboration Celebrating Quilt Artists and Chefs” and “Crazy Quilts.” Inez also organized quilt exhibitions at the McHenry Museum in Modesto, CA and at the Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa, CA. Inez served as a juror for the 2014 WWII Home Front Quilts challenge, and continues to be active in various arts and arts education organizations.
Patricia Guthrie, PhD is Professor Emerita and former Chair of the Department of Human Development and Women’s Studies at California State University, East Bay. She is a social anthropologist with several areas of research focus and publication, including African Americans, feminist studies, kinship, life history and family studies. Her research on African American women and the tradition of quilting led her to a current passion for quilt-making and art quilts. She has studied with Nancy Crow for several years, and regularly takes workshops and classes with other well-known artists as a full-time studio fiber artist and painter. Her quilts have been exhibited in various museums and galleries throughout the United States.
Rosa Valdez serves as the Public Art Program Coordinator for the Alameda County Arts Commission, where she is responsible for the coordination and management of permanent and temporary public art projects. She has more than 20 years of experience in arts programs for artists, intergenerational families, teens, community organizations, and interagency projects in the East Bay. Previously she was Co-Executive Director of ArtsChange in Richmond, CA, and former Exhibitions Coordinator for the Richmond Art Center where she curated community-based exhibitions. She earned her BA in Art from San Francisco State University and her MFA at John F. Kennedy University. In her personal artwork, she uses photography, video installation, garment-making and image transfer to address issues of identity.
Historian Melinda McCrary was co-curator for the WWII Home Front Quilts Project 2014 story quilt challenge and co-authored the exhibit catalogue, Remembering Life at Home. Melinda has been the Curator and Executive Director of the Richmond Museum of History since 2013. She earned an MA in anthropology from the University of Kansas and an MA in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University. In addition to her position at RMH, Melinda is adjunct faculty in Anthropology at Contra Costa College.