BAIA Talks: Artist and Curator Sonie Ruffin discusses artwork inspired by the killing of Michael Brown and an encounter with police days after as well as the symbolism behind the artwork we will feature at the upcoming Black Art In America Fine Art Show Philadelphia September 14 – 16th at the Belmont Mansion. .  Get tickets

Sonié Ruffin

Sonié Ruffin, artist and former visiting curator for the American Jazz Museum. Ruffin a self-taught fabric artist and story teller, has carved out a niche for herself in the Kansas City, MO arts community.

Sonie has lectured and led workshops on her work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, the Kansas City Museum of Art, the University of Missouri-Kansas City African-American Culture House, and Lincoln University. She has exhibited her work at the Leedy-Volkus Art Center, the American Jazz Museum, Portfolio Gallery and International Quilt Festival 2006.

Sonie’s art quilts can be found in permanent collections at galleries, museums, private and corporate collections such as the Portfolio Gallery, Leedy-Volkus Art Center, the Spencer Museum of Art, and the Sprint corporation. Her tote bag collection appropriately named “Sonie” can be found at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art gift shop. Her Andover fabric collection “My African Village” is available in retail quilt stores across the country. Listen in as Najee Dorsey talks with Sonié about art, life and inspiration.