Antwon Maxwell Photography


on view at NBAM May 1 – November 14, 2021

New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! (NBAM), in collaboration with the New Bedford Historical Society, New Bedford Free Public Library, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, UMass Dartmouth CVPA, and Massachusetts-based archivists Rememory Consulting,  is proud to announce Uncommon Threads: The Works of Ruth E. Carter, a solo exhibition celebrating Massachusetts-born Ruth E. Carter’s 30-year career as an Academy Award-winning (Black Panther, 2018) costume designer. 

This retrospective will open at NBAM on May 1, 2021, and run through November 14, 2021; featuring costumes from Dolemite Is My Name (2019), Roots (2016 reboot), Selma (2014), Do The Right Thing (1989), and Malcolm X (1992). The exhibit will follow Carter’s creative process and include sketches, mood boards, iconic costumes, and other ephemera from her Los Angeles studio.


about Ruth E. Carter

Ruth E. Carter was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. A Hampton University graduate, Carter began her career as a costume apprentice for the Santa Fe Opera. She moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1980s and began her collaborative relationship with legendary director Spike Lee. Since then, Carter has worked with Steven Spielberg and Ryan Coogler and has dressed thousands of actors, including Denzel WashingtonAngela BassettJane Fonda, and Oprah Winfrey.

In 2019, Carter became the first African-American to win an Academy Award in the Best Costume Design category for Black Panther. Her costumes tell stories so intriguing and memorable that they influence music, fashion, culture, and film-making and help us to better understand ourselves and our history.


HELP US BRING RUTH TO NEW BEDFORD

NBAM needs your support to bring this extraordinary exhibition to our community as our charge of impactful programs and experiences is in your hands. Your donation will allow our community to experience a little Hollywood magic first hand and help develop educational programs that highlight iconic Black heroes and heroines from Massachusetts and beyond.


INDIVIDUAL sponsorship levels

Price of Glory $2000
Donors at this level receive print and web mention, names/logo on the gallery wall, a signed copy of Ms. Carter’s favorite book Africa Adorned by Angela Fisher, a limited edition lapel pin, and six timed tickets to the exhibition’s private preview day.

Sparkle $1000
Donors at this level receive print and web mention, names/logo on the gallery wall, a signed copy of the exhibition poster, a limited edition lapel pin, and four timed tickets to the exhibition’s private preview day.

What’s Love Got to Do with It $500
Donors at this level receive print and web mention, a limited edition lapel pin, and three timed tickets to the exhibition’s private preview day.

Do the Right Thing $250
Donors at this level receive print and web mention, and two timed tickets to the exhibition’s private preview day.

Keeping Up with the Joneses $100
Donors at this level receive web mention and a timed ticket to the exhibition’s private preview day.

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BUSINESS sponsorship levels

Business Sponsor – That’s Truth, Ruth! $5,000
This Sponsorship Level includes name or logo on a billboard, in the exhibition’s pamphlet, select press releases, print and web mention, and on the gallery wall. Business featured in a social media story highlighting your brand to our 9000+ followers. Business’ social media tags on all exhibition-related posts. Six timed-tickets to the exhibition’s private preview day and a year-long business partner membership.

Business Sponsor – Money Train $2,000
This Sponsorship Level includes print and web mention, and names/logo on the gallery wall. Business featured in a social media story highlighting your brand to our 9000+ followers, select press releases, six timed-tickets to the exhibition’s private preview day, and a year-long business partner membership.

Business Sponsor – Serenity $1,000
This Sponsorship Level includes print and web mention, names/logo on the gallery wall, four timed-tickets to the exhibition’s private preview day, and a year-long business partner membership.

Business Sponsor – The Five Heartbeats $500
This Sponsorship Level includes print and web mention, three timed-tickets to the exhibition’s private preview day, and a year-long business partner membership.

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EXHIBITION Sponsors

Thank you for helping us bring Ruth to New Bedford! We can’t make exhibitions happen without your support – and that’s the truth, Ruth! 

A special thank you to our Lead Sponsors Fiber Optic Center

individual sponsors

Price of Glory
Jane and Bob Gleason

What’s Love Got to Do with It
Victor Mailey and Bettina Borders
Norman and Irene Buck

Do the Right Thing
Denise Porche
Cynthia Cummings
Caroline Conzatti
David Pimental, Pimental Contractors
Michael and Margaret Nash
Kathy Dineen

Keeping Up with the Joneses
Robert French
Susan Perry

Business Sponsors

Mahoney Donnelly Associates
Allan and Priscilla Ditchfield Fund
Celia’s Boutique


Image Credits: Antwon Maxwell Photography and Jaxon Photo Group