Adriene Cruz has exhibited nationally and internationally as far as Bahia, Brazil. Shown on the right, Adriene's quilt "Imani/Faith" was included in "Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary Quilts by African American Artists." It exhibited at the American Crafts Museum and Smithsonian American Art Museum. It is now in the Cultural Heritage Collection at Harborview Hospital in Seattle.

Her quilt "Wisdom Wish" is included in the Schomburg Arts and Artifacts Collection of the New York City Public Library. She has shown at Santa Fe's Thirteen Moons Gallery.


Adriene's adopted city, Portland, OR, has a wealth of public art projects that beautify and uplift. Adriene has participated in several, which you can see on another page of this site. They include the Killingsworth station of Tri-Met's MAX, a mural at the Northeast Health Center, a billboard for a nonprofit organization, and banners lining three miles of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.


Five of Adriene's quilts were included in the coffee table book, Spirits of the Cloth, by Carolyn Mazloomi, based on the exhibit of the same name. Divine Guardian, shown here, graces the cover. Roland Freeman's A Communion of the Spirits: African-American Quilters, Preservers, and Their Stories also features Adriene's quilt Dunumba, commissioned by Valerie J. Maynard.

Magazine articles featuring Adriene's work have appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, Art News, The Quilting Quarterly, Quilting International, Threads Magazine and a number of other journals.


Adriene Cruz received a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York and in 1992 became the first recipient of the Lilla Jewel Award for Women Artists.

Individual Artist Fellowship, Oregon Arts Commission, 1998.

Visual Arts Fellowship, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Portland, OR, 1998.

In March, 1999, Adriene became the eighth recipient of the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship Award to a female artist of distinction living in Portland, OR.

In 2002, Adriene recieved the Cultural Heritage Honor from the King County Public Art Collection.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Adriene may be reached by email.

Strands of Adriene's Life that enriched her art Examples of textile art by Adriene Cruz
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CREDITS: This web site was created by Donna Cunningham of Word of Mouth Web Design. All border backgrounds and other elements are based on Adriene Cruz' art.