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Sapphire and Crystals is a collective of women artists of African decent based in Chicago, IL and founded in 1987 by ceramicist and teacher Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly and visual artist Felicia Grant Preston.[1] The collective has held group exhibitions in several galleries and community spaces across Chicago with a changing line-up of members throughout their over-30-year history. Outside of the collective, each member of Sapphire and Crystals holds an independent practice in a wide array of mediums.


The early planning for Sapphire and Crystals began with conversations between Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly and Felicia Grant Preston in 1986 as response to the dissolution of the artists' former collective, Mud People's Black Women’s Resource Sharing Workshop. The collective had its first exhibition of all African-American artists at the South Side Community Art Center in 1987. Their second exhibition, Sapphire and Crystals Too, was hosted at Nicole Gallery at 230 W Huron St., Chicago, IL from February 2 - 29, 1988.

List of Members[edit]

There have been over 40 members throughout Sapphire and Crystal's history, with some participating continually since the beginning and others only showing with the collective for one exhibition. These members include:

  • Joyce Owens Anderson
  • Mary Ann Abella
  • Leticia Appleberry
  • Stephanie Bird
  • Rose Blouin
  • Venus Blue
  • Cheryl Boone
  • Simone Bouyer
  • Patricia Bohannon
  • Rhonda Bristol
  • L’Tanya Cason (aka Akosua Bandele)
  • Dorothy Carter
  • Glendia Cooper
  • Faith Davis
  • Evelyn Davis Frazier
  • Kay Dawson
  • Debra Dillworth
  • Jackie Duncan
  • Jan Spivey Gilcrhrist
  • Felicia Grant Preston
  • Juarez Hawkins
  • Carol James
  • Renee Williams Jefferson
  • Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly
  • Sheryl Jones
  • Makeba Kedem-DuBose
  • Annie Lee
  • Lillian Morgan-Lewis
  • Kathy O’Kelley
  • Monica Plott Ratcliff
  • JoAnne Scott
  • Patricia J. Stewart
  • Shirley Sullivan
  • Dorian Sylvain
  • Pearlie Taylor
  • Renee Townsend
  • Arlene Turner-Crawford
  • Anna Tyler
  • Beverly Warner
  • Shahar Caren Weaver
  • Rhonda Wheatley
  • Shyvette Williams



Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "The Vessels that Marva Made: An Interview with Members of Sapphire & Crystals". Sixty Inches From Center. 2018-12-18. Retrieved 2019-01-25.

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