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Southern Prize Spotlight: Coulter Fussell of Mississippi

Georgia-born, Mississippi-based artist Coulter Fussell.
Georgia-born, Mississippi-based artist Coulter Fussell came in second place in the new Southern Prize competition.

Coulter Fussell was the runner-up for the new Southern Prize, given by the Atlanta-based organization South Arts. In addition to the $5,000 she received as her state finalist, she won $10,000 for placing second in the competition. Fussell is a textile artist and painter living and working in the town of Water Valley, in northern Mississippi. Coulter learned quilt-making from her mother, a master quilter, who encouraged her to develop her own style that deviated from traditional methods and patterns.

Born and raised in Columbus, Georgia, she earned her BFA from the University of Mississippi in 2000 and, as she says, “naturally went on to be a diner waitress for the next seven years.” She opened Yalo Studio in 2010 and, later, co-founded YaloRUN Textiles, an experimental textile workshop and fabric store with Susan Cianciolo and Kiva Motnyk.

Coulter’s work has been featured  Artforum, the New York Times and ART PAPERS, among others.

Coulter Fussell made this quilt for a friend, who gave her a bin of her late father's clothes: military fatigues, camping backpacks, denim jackets, 1970s floral handkerchiefs, and seersucker. Made with a hand-sewn rail-fence pattern, spray paint, embroidery, hand-dyed burlap, and cotton batting.
Coulter Fussell made this quilt for a friend, who gave her a bin of her late father’s clothes: military fatigues, camping backpacks, denim jackets, 1970s floral handkerchiefs, and seersucker. Made with a hand-sewn rail-fence pattern, spray paint, embroidery, hand-dyed burlap, and cotton batting.
Run Home Quilt 2017 by Coulter Fussell
Coulter Fussell, Run Home Quilt, 2017.
Coulter Fussell, detail of Run Home Quilt 2017
Coulter Fussell, detail of Run Home Quilt, 2017.
Coulter Fussell, Stella Quilt
Coulter Fussell nods to Minimalist artist Frank Stella in Stella Quilt.
Detail of new work by Coulter Fussell.
Detail of new work by Coulter Fussell.
Blue Spray Paint Quilt by Coulter Fussell
Coulter Fussell, Blue Spray Paint Quilt.
Detail of Blue Spray Paint Quilt by Coulter Fussell
Detail of Blue Spray Paint Quilt by Coulter Fussell.
Coulter Fussell, Rail Fence Run Home.
Coulter Fussell, Rail Fence Run Home, 2015.
Flying Geese by Coulter Fussell.
Flying Geese by Coulter Fussell.
Black and White #1 by Coulter Fussell
Black and White #1 by Coulter Fussell
Red and White Quilt by Coulter Fussell
Red and White Quilt by Coulter Fussell.
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