Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora

Detail of "Boat Travelers" by Robert Bein
Robert Bein, "Boat Travelers" (detail), 2015.
Through September 4, 2016

In this timely exhibition, forty-four artists share personal and universal stories of migration—from historic events that scattered communities across continents to today’s accounts of migrants and refugees adapting to a new homeland. Co-organized with Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) and with assistance from GW’s Diaspora Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs.

Invited Artists

Hussein Chalayan • Shin-hee Chin • Aino Kajaniemi • Faith Ringgold • Consuelo Jiménez Underwood • William Adjété Wilson

Juried Artists

Margaret Abramshe • B.J. Adams • Nancy Bardach • Beth Barron • Bobbi Baugh • Alice Beasley • Robert Bein • Charlotte Bird • Betty Busby • Gloria Daly • Jane Dunnewold • Susan Else • Linda Filby-Fisher • Cheryl Gerhart • Sandy Gregg • Ginnie Herbert • Patricia Kennedy-Zafred • Brigitte Kopp • Kristin La Flamme • Carol Larson • Sandra Lauterbach • Nancy Lemke • Susan Lenz • Kevan Lunney • Penny Mateer • Buff McAllister • Denise Oyama Miller • Melody Money • Joy Nebo Lavrencik • Bonnie Peterson • Sara Rockinger • Barbara Schneider • Maya Schonenberger • Sandra Sider • Ginny Smith • Daniela Tiger • Susan Wei • Shea Wilkinson

Additional Resources

Detail of artwork from the exhibition

Gallery Guide

Gallery guide for the exhibition Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora.

Photo of Conseulo Underwood's mural in progress

Video: Watch "Stories of Migration" Take Shape

Watch a short time-lapse video of artist Consuelo Jiménez Underwood creating her site-specific installation, which recounts her personal experience crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Stack of books

"Stories of Migration" Reading List

Lynora Williams, librarian at the museum's Arthur D. Jenkins Library, has compiled this eclectic sampling of fiction, nonfiction, maps, and online resources capturing the facts and feelings of the immigrant experience.

Share your migration story

Share Your Migration Story

In Stories of Migration, artists use needle and thread to relate experiences of migration and diaspora. Join the conversation by sharing your story on social media using #MigrationStories. 

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