As the QN team member assigned with writing our regular five-page “What’s New” section — yes, I put the “news” in Quilters Newsletter – I’m always on the lookout for quilt exhibits at museums. Because of space limitations and deadlines, I’m never able to include all the exhibits I want to in the print edition.
With that in mind, here’s a list of additional quilt exhibits happening in the U.S. and Canada between now and late summer that aren’t included in the June/July 2015 or upcoming August/September 2015 issues that you might want to visit, especially if you’ll be hitting the highways on a road trip. There are quilts on view from sea to shining sea, but considering that Quilt National ’15 is also on exhibit in Athens, Ohio, the midwest seems to be a particularly good place to be this season. **Note that this post has been updated with additional exhibits since it was first published — scroll down to see the Bonus Exhibits!**
1) Unrolled: Piecing Together Our Textile History only through June 2 at the Dundas Museum & Archives in Dundas, Ontario, Canada. The exhibit highlights two nationally significant textiles, the Durham Banner (c. 1839) and the oldest Jacquard coverlet produced in Canada (1834), among others.
2) Mended World through June 14 at the Homer Watson House and Gallery in
Kitchener, Ontario. This exhibit is a result of a volunteer artist residency on Manitoulin Island in which textile artist Judith Martin designed and led the community in the creation of four large hand-stitched meditation panels made from repurposed domestic linens.
3) SAQA: Food for Thought through July 8 at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. This exhibition of 34 innovative quilts created by members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) offers a great balance between the beauty of individual food items and the importance of food in other aspects of life.
4) Homefront & Downrange June 5 to July 10 at Campbell House in Southern Pines, North Carolina. This special art exhibition honors the military of Moore County and features several artists representing various aspects of military life, including an Army wife’s story told through narrative textiles by Kristin La Flamme.
5) Gwen Marston: Contemporary Quilts and 6) Native American Portraits by Patsy Heacox through July 28 at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado. Also in the gallery: Native American Quilts from the RMQM collection.
7) Stitching Russell City Stories through August 2 at the Hayward Area Historical Society Center for History and Culture in Hayward, California. Russell City was a community in the city of Hayward whose citizens were displaced during the 1960s so the city could build an industrial park. Master quilt artist Marion Coleman provides the basis of this new exhibition with her unique story quilts based on the stories of people who resided, worshipped and worked in Russell City.
8) Quilt National ’13, the touring juried exhibition of the finest contemporary quilts originating from the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio; and 9) Elemental: Florida Quilt Invitational, a statewide juried exhibit inviting fresh interpretation of one or more of the four elements, May 29 through August 16 at the Dunedin Fine Art Center in Dunedin, Florida.
10) Earth Stories, a collection of 24 works by members of Studio Art Quilt Associates, through September 6 at the Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
11) Pushing the Surface, a biennial exhibition of contemporary art quilts, through September 7 at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in Coshocton, Ohio.
12) Honoring Our Past, featuring five show quilts by Navajo quilter Susan Hudson who preserves the past through her ledger-style quilts, through September 19 at the Pagosa Springs History Museum in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.
This just in – Here are a few more quilt exhibits I just found out about. Consider them bonus exhibits.
13) Great Sarpy County Quilt Exhibit, featuring more than 75 historic and modern quilts created or owned by residents of Sarpy County in Nebraska, May 31 through August 15 at the Sarpy County Museum in Bellevue, Nebraska.
14) 12th Annual Form, Not Function is an annual, juried exhibit that draws works of art by artists across the United States and celebrates innovation and creative thought in the increasingly popular medium of art quilts, through July 11 at the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, Indiana.
15) And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations exhibit charts four centuries of African American history with 69 handcrafted contemporary story quilts from the Women of Color Quilters Network, through August 30 at the Bullock Museum in Austin, Texas.
To read more about what’s happening in the quilt world this summer, be sure to check out the June/July 2015 issue of Quilters Newsletter, available both in print and as a digital download. In the “What’s New” section alone, you can see top award-winning quilts from Road to California 2015; learn how quilters in Alabama commemorated the recent 50th anniversary of the historic Selma to Montgomery March; read about one quilter’s mission to honor each living NASA Apollo astronaut; see listings for additional quilt exhibits; and a lot more. Get your copy today!
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