In the What’s New section of our October/November 2016 issue, we give you the skinny on a bunch of amazing quilt exhibits around the country along with images of some of the quilts you’ll see if you’re able to go to any of them in person.
However, we’re never able to include every current quilt exhibit in the print edition, so here are some additional exhibits you might want to know about.
This blog post is starting off as a list of nine U.S. venues and one in Canada hosting quilt exhibits this fall. But be sure to check back, because I will add exhibits to this list as I learn about them.
If you’re looking for upcoming quilt guild shows as well as general information about quilt museums around the U.S. and in Europe, visit the McCall’s Quilting website to see their Quilt Museums and Shows page for current listings.
Quilt historian and author Barbara Brackman has also put together her own listing of summer and fall exhibits of antique quilts and posted it on her blog.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and see some quilts!
** Updated November 9, 2016 **
Alabama Quilts August 1 through September 30 at the Gorgas House Museum in Tuscaloosa. This exhibit of a selection of historic quilts from the collections of the University of Alabama Department of Human and Environmental Science will feature six quilts from the Ragland African American quilt collection as well as local 19th-century signature quilts.
The Quilts of Emma Andres and Her Contemporaries (1930-1940) through September 30 at the Sharlot Hal Museum in Prescott. This special exhibit features 11 quilts from the 1930s and 1940s, made by quilter extraordinaire Emma Andres and several of her contemporaries.
Recent Works in Fiber by Kimiko Kogure through September 30 at the Orinda Library Art Gallery. Kogure draws on her Japanese heritage and childhood mhttps://middlesexhospital.org/zahngalleryemories to create her art quilts; you can read more about her in an article published by mercurynews.com.
2016 Quilt and Fiber Arts Show through October 15 at the Lower Lake Historic Schoolhouse Museum in Lower Lake. This textile show began in 1993 as a quilt show and has since expanded to include weaving, baskets, sewing, applique, silk screening, needlepoint and more; read about it on www.record-bee.com.
The California Art Quilt Revolution: From the Summer of Love to the New Millenium October 7 through January 15, 2017, at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. This exhibition includes works by pioneers of the art quilt movement such as Jean Ray Laury, Yvonne Porcella, Joan Schulze and Therese May, who pushed the boundaries of what could be called a quilt, and highlights late 20th and 21st century artists working in the quilt medium.
Stitches in Time through January 2017 at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands. The exhibit includes a selection of pieced quilts and woven coverlets dating from the 1840s to the 1930s.
Seasons on the Shoreline through October 29 at the Valentine H. Zahn Community Gallery in the Middlesex Hospital Shoreline Medical Center in Westbrook. Sisters in Cloth, a group of Connecticut shoreline SAQA artists, imaged local scenes using hand-dyed cotton. The exhibit is paired with Sister’s Journeys, another collaborative collection.
Fiber as Art October 3-25 at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. This invitational exhibition shows the diverse work of fiber artists Pat Kumicich, Jeannie Thomma, Sharon and Bob Warner, and Allison Ouzerson.
Heart in Hand Quilt Exhibit through October 28 at the Bowen Center for the Arts in Dawsonville. This annual exhibit by the Heart in Hand Quilt Guild features more than 100 quilted items.
Vann House Quilt Collection through November 2 at the Vann House Historic Site in Spring Place. Over the years the Vann House has gathered an array of historic handmade quilts that span three centuries, including one said to have been designed and made by a slave on a plantation in southeast Murray County nearly 200 years ago and a “Presidential Wreath” quilt designed to commemorate President James Monroe’s visit to the Vann House in 1819. Read more about it here.
Stories in Stitches through November 4 at the Colquitt County Arts Center in Moultrie.
All That Jazz: A Quilting Exhibition through October 28 at the Madame Walker Theatre Center in Indianapolis. In celebration of Madame C.J. Walker’s legacy of entrepreneurship and love of jazz and the arts, a group of over 20 jazz-themed art quilts will be on display.
Beyond Patterns: Activism and Identity in Quilts through September 30 at the Harmon Fine Arts Center at Drake University in Des Moines. A solo show featuring quilts by Thomas Knauer, Quilters Newsletter columnist and host of QNNtv’s “Design Studio.” You can read more about the quilts and the stories behind them here.
Carryin’ on the Tradition IX September 11-October 22 at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville. The Piecemakers Quilt Club of Hopkins County will feature a variety of special exhibits in the show including displays of Quilts of Valor and a baby quilt exhibit showcasing the continuing service project of providing quilts to the Baptist Health NICU.
Graveyard Quilt through December 31 at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort. One of the Kentucky Historical Society’s most popular, seldom-displayed items is included in the exhibit “A Kentucky Journey.” The quilt by Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell dates to 1843 and memorializes family members who had died, including a toddler son, John Vanetta, and a 19-year-old son, Matthais.
Backward & Forward: 20th Century Quilts through March 5, 2017, at the Kentucky Museum at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. More than 30 quilts and wall hangings from the university’s collection of more than 250 illustrate how Kentucky quiltmakers looked to both the past and to the future for inspiration. Click here to view a gallery of images from the collection.
Its Honor is Here Pledged: Broken Treaty Quilts through December 9 at AREA Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center in Portland. Gina Adams’ art is primarily inspired by and deeply committed to the memory of her White Earth Ojibwa grandfather. The seven quilts on exhibit excerpt broken treaties, including a Maine quilt referencing broken Wabanaki land claims treaties.
Lasting Impressions: Art Quilts 2016 and Whistler in Quilts through September 24 at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell. With quilts comprised of at least 50 percent handmade fabrics, this juried exhibition showcases the breadth of technique and style that can be achieved through the quilter’s manipulation of his or her medium.
Fall for Fiber October 4-29 at the Brewster Ladies’ Library in Brewster. This mixed-media fiber arts show is presented by a group of artists informally known as “Fiber Frenzy.”
Quilting Art Today through October 16 at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. The exhibition includes several components: “Minnesota Hail to Thee,” a Minnesota Quilts challenge competition; themed works by the international collective Voyage Art Textiles; traditional designs by Mary Chalmers; contemporary art quilts by Swedish textile artist Katriina Flensburg; and selected quilts by artists Lola Jenkins, Arden Harrison-Bushnell, Janet Hagberg, Melissa Sobokta and Joseph Mallard.
Zia Quilting and Stitchery Guild through October 29 at the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center. This exhibit of more than 20 quilts and quilted projects includes quilts new and old.
Painted, Pieced, and Padded: Masterwork Quilts from the American Folk Art Museum through
November 6 November 30 (extended dates) at the American Folk Art Museum Collections and Education Center in Long Island City. Ten masterwork quilts from the museum’s collection will be on view as part of New York Textile Month, a month-long, citywide festival that celebrates textile creativity. Note that visitation is by appointment only; click the link for details.
Yard Works: Textile Study Group of New York through November 16 in the Lobby Gallery of 1133 Avenue of the Americas in New York City. The 21 mixed media pieces selected for Yard Works encompass a wide variety of materials ranging from the traditional textile components of fabric and thread, to non-traditional elements of copper wire and acrylic paint.
Quilts=Art=Quilts October 29 to January 8, 2017, at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn. Quilts=Art=Quilts is an international juried quilt exhibition held each year at the Schweinfurth featuring quilts from across the US and around the world. This year’s exhibit jurors chose 65 quilts from 185 submitting artists.
Alamance Piecemakers Quilt Guild Exhibit through October 28 at the Point of View Art Gallery in Burlington. This exhibit includes traditional and contemporary quilt patterns, Hawaiian quilts and confetti art quilts.
Quilts and Social Fabric: Heritage and Improvisation through January 16, 2017, at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Charlotte. This exhibition uses the work of one of the most renowned artistic quilt makers, Faith Ringgold, as an entry point to look backward at traditional African American quilts and forward to expressive, decorative quilts, artistic quilts, and the work of painters and mixed media artists who improvise upon the form.
Piecing Together a Changing Planet October 3-28 at the Montgomery County Community College Art Gallery at Pottstown. This juried show of 26 art quilts, a partnership between the National Park Service and SAQA, highlights a few of the many ways that America’s 401 national parks are being affected by climate change and pollution.
Quilts: The Next Layer through January 31, 2017, at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester. Take an up close look at more than a dozen exquisite quilts recently donated to CCHS that have never before been on exhibit. Pieced or appliqued in the 1800s, they reveal an array of designs in cotton or silk fabrics.
Historic Walker Sisters Tour through November 8 at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend. The tour, which runs on select Tuesdays, includes the Walker Sisters’ Quilt exhibit, a visit to Little Greenbrier School and to the Walker Sisters’ final resting place; visitors to the Heritage Center can view the quilts at any time.
1863 Jane Stickle Quilt through October 10 at the Bennington Museum. The iconic “Dear Jane” quilt that tops many quilters’ bucket lists is put on display for only a few weeks every year, so if you can’t make it this fall make sure to set yourself a reminder for next year.
Trail of Quilts September 16-October 30 in historic Stanardsville. Quilts will be on display at The Palette Art Gallery, Pioneer Bank, United Bank, the Greene County Library, The Noon Whistle Pottery, Rhodes Gallery at the Greene County Historical Society, UVA Credit Union and the Greene County Visitor Center.
Fiber Transformed through October 30 at the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville. This exhibit features work by a group of contemporary fiber artists from Virginia.
And Still We Rise: African American Story Quilts through December 31 at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester. This traveling exhibit features nearly 70 handcrafted story quilts created by an international group of artists from the Women of Color Quilters Network.
The Art of the Quilt: Let’s Celebrate November 12 through December 31 at Piedmont Arts in Martinsville. More than 40 quilt artists from across the Southeast are exhibiting work in this biennial invitational exhibition, curated by master quilter Linda Fiedler.
The Nature of Place October 5 through December 30 at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum. Charlotte Bird and Ree Nancarrow present a quilt exhibition of their perceptions of the nature of Denali National Park in Alaska. Ree has lived near the park for 50 years; Charlotte has visited the park regularly for more than 30 years. Both artists have been Artist in Residence in the park: Ree in 2006 and Charlotte in 2014.
Earth Stories through October 2 at the Huntington Museum of Art. Twenty-four SAQA artists from around the world were chosen to interpret a “story” of their choice, in two quilts each (72×72 and 12×14 inches). Read more about it on the SAQA website.
My Corner of the World through October 10 at the Stratford Perth Museum in Stratford, Ontario. This 80-piece show was developed in collaboration with SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates). A two-part exhibition, it consists of 40 pieces from SAQA Canadian member artists, and 40 pieces from SAQA International member artists.
Quilters Newsletter Oct/Nov 2016
Be sure to get your copy of Quilters Newsletter’s October/November 2016 issue featuring images of 75 fabulous and inspiring quilts, including some from both the historical Mountain Mist collection as well as new versions of those classic patterns made in today’s fabrics.
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