The Beaded Prayers Project

January 16, 2009 – March 1, 2009

This companion exhibition on the Gallery first floor was initiated in 1998 by artist Sonya Clark, who is chair of the VCUarts Department of Craft/Material Studies. Now comprising over 5,000 sealed beaded packets made by individuals from 35 countries, the project was inspired by African traditions of creating protective amulets with powerful contents like sacred texts and medicines. This will be the project’s final presentation, concluding a tour that has taken it to over 25 venues.