Celeste Butler is a self- taught fiber artist, QUILTER-PRENEUR and Griot. She is committed to serving, preserving, nurturing, and teaching togetherness in her community through quilting.

Her work can be found in the private collection of world renown author, inspirational spiritual speaker, and life coach Iyanla Vanzant. She has exhibited at Thread Painted Portrait Quilts, Carver Bank, and Love's Jazz & Art Center; and recently completed an Artist in Residency quilt project at Nelson Mandela School.

1. How have you grown as an artist during your time as a Fellow?I have constant gratitude for the opportunity that was gifted to me to create in such a majestic space! I have spent a lifetime pouring into people and their dreams and putting my dreams on the back burner. I gave myself permission to take this time and what I share with others, as a gift to myself.  #selfcare is not selfish.  

2. What major obstacle(s) did you encounter over the year?
It was important to allow my higher power to build me on this journey. I learned to understand and embrace my successes, my failures, and when life gets heavy I can press the reset button and not to allow my fears to hold me hostage.  

3. What do you plan to do after the fellowship has ended?

  • You will see me MAKIN2018BLUSH
  • My art quilts will be featured in movie theaters, plays.... There are NO LIMITS!
  • Instructor: for a Creative Quilting Class to be announced, Teaching the Next Generation the Art of Quilting and Storytelling
  • In and out of state for public speaking engagements and workshops
  • Featured Artist in Museums, gallery exhibitions, and collaborations.

4. Give us your forecast for the Arts in Omaha.

We are experiencing a positive shift in Omaha. We are actively taken advantage of Omaha's central location and making the commerce and entrepreneurship of the Arts a viable business to draw tourism here and keep residents from leaving.