So what if spring doesn’t officially start for another couple of weeks? Pitchers and catchers have reported for spring training and my crocuses have bloomed, so that’s good enough for me to go ahead and post this list of quilt exhibits on display this season!
Just a couple of the quilt exhibit listings in the April/May 2016 issue of Quilters Newsletter
We include news items and listings of major quilt exhibits in the What’s New section of each issue of Quilters Newsletter, but space and deadlines prevent us from including all of the many exhibits we learn about, some of which are a little off the beaten path. Because there’s so much good stuff happening all the time, though, we want to keep you updated with as much information as we can find.
This blog post is starting off as a list of 13 U.S. venues and one Canadian museum hosting quilt exhibits this spring. But be sure to check back from time to time, because I will add exhibits to this list as I hear about them over the next couple of months.
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.
If you manage to see any of these displays, leave a comment below – we’d love to know what you thought!
** Updated April 4, 2016 **
Crazy Quilts at the Rogers Historical Museum in Rogers. As of now the museum has not updated their website with details about the exhibit of 10 quilts from its collection that opened in February, but you can read about it on baxterbulletin.com.
All About Quilts! during March at the Siskiyou County Museum in Yreka. A 2015 Signature Quilt along with other vintage quilts and sewing items from the museum’s collection are on display. There are no details about the exhibit on the museum’s website, but you can read a little about it on the Siskiyou Daily News site.
Quilted Pages through April 3 at the Temecula Valley Museum. Allyson Allen’s quilts are considered information art. Using her cross-disciplinary approach to quiltmaking, Allen has created a collection of her quilts that reference African folklore, social issues, and Black history.
Crossing the Atlantic Quilt by Quilt March 5 through May 15 at the Pasadena Museum of History. This exhibit highlights some of the similarities – and differences – of quilts that crossed the Atlantic from the U.K. to the U.S., both literally and figuratively. More than twenty quilts from the collection of quiltmaker, curator and scholar Maggi Gordon will be on display.
Vintage Quilt & Fashion Exhibit through May 29 at the Folsom History Museum.
Above & Beyond: Studio Art Quilt Associates in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah through March 26 at the Lakewood Cultural Center in Lakewood. The title of the show is a metaphor for the vast area of creative possibilities open to contemporary art quilters and fiber artists. Our acquisitions editor Lori blogged about her visit to the exhibit a few weeks ago where she saw works by many people familiar to QN readers as well as some new ones; click here to read about Lori’s experience.
Celebrating the Cowboy with Quilts: Round Up 2 through March 26 at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig. This exhibit of quilts by Jean Roesler depicts cowboy culture with a whimsical flair.
“On Course” by QN art director Susan Geddes, from the Quilts from Within exhibit. Pattern available in “Quiltmaker”, March/April 2016
Quilts from Within March and April at the F+W Gallery in Golden. This is an exhibit literally near and dear to the hearts of my coworkers and me, as it’s just down the hall from where we spend our days. The lobby of our offices functions as a quilt gallery that is open to the public during regular business hours, and right now we are showing an exhibit of 23 quilts by the editors and designers of Quilters Newsletter, Quiltmaker, McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts. Read more about it elsewhere on the QN blog.
And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations through April 24 at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich. Using the powerful medium of story quilts, this exhibition narrates nearly four centuries of African American history, from the first slave ships to the first African American president and beyond. Through 40 quilts from artists of the Women of Color Quilters Network, the exhibition reveals the stories of freedom’s heroes, ranging from Phillis Wheatley to Frederick Douglass to the Tuskegee Airmen.
Material Culture: Quilts Inspired by Mathers Museum Artifacts through May 16 at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures at Indian University in Bloomington. In the summer of 2014 members of The Charm Club, a group of Indiana-linked quiltmakers, toured the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. Inspired by some of the artifacts they saw, the quiltmakers used the tour as the basis for a club challenge. This exhibit showcases the results, displaying both the original artifacts that sparked the quiltmakers’ creative fire, and their quilted responses to those artifacts.
Quilts From the Community March to April at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center in Ashland. In honor of National Quilt Month, the Highlands Museum is presenting this exhibit featuring quilts from the museum’s collections and the community. This includes Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell’s Graveyard Quilt.
The Other Side Backs through April 11 at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah. All of the quilts in this exhibit are hung so you can examine the backs as closely as you can examine the fronts.
Dominie Nash Solo Exhibit April 9 to May 29 at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel. “Working in a collage-like manner, Dominie Nash builds up layers of fabric to create a sense of mystery and depth.”
Conversations in Cloth through March 25 at the Belmont Gallery of Art in Belmont Center. The gallery’s first-ever all-textile art show features the work of quilt artists Sylvia Einstein, Beatriz Grayson and Nancy Halpern.
City & Shore — A Quilter’s Perspective through April 28 at the Maser Gallery at Falmouth Community Television. This solo exhibit of art quilts by Sue Colozzi, a Boston-area fiber artist who specializes in detailed landscape quilts, depicts scenes of the New England landscape, particularly the different neighborhoods of Boston and towns on the Cape.
From Heart to Hand: African American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts through April 10 at the Flint Institute of Arts. This exhibit surveys 20th-century African American quilt artists from the South, restoring their identities and drawing in examples that range from abstract compositions to figurative works of cultural icons like Jackie Robinson. Click here to listen to a 10-minute story from public radio WKAR with FIA’s curator Tracee Glab as well as renowned quilter Yvonne Wells.
Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry: 40 Years of Color, Light, & Motion through April 16 at the University of Mississippi Museum in Oxford. This retrospective of work by one of the leading art quilters of the modern era includes 58 quilts Fallert-Gentry has made since 1976.
Nebraska’s Enduring Quilt Heritage: New Acquisitions opening April 1 at the Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln. This exhibit of quilts added to the museum holdings over the last 10 years, many not previously displayed, features quilts that tell stories of migration, politics, and events both joyous and memorial.
Handi Quilter Vintage Made Modern through April 30 at the AccuQuilt Gallery in Omaha. The 14 quilts in this exhibit all have three things in common: 1. They started as quilt tops that were purchased auctions (estate, farm and eBay). 2. They were quilted by Handi Quilter national educators, who 3. quilted in a style that the original quilt top-maker would never have envisioned. Oh! And there’s a 4th thing in common: there was a reason that most of these tops were never finished. The quilters encountered a host of issues: wonky piecing, broken seams, wavy borders and a general lack of flatness.
Rick Braveheart and Sue King: Two Voices in the Wilderness through April 15 at the Dublin Arts Council in Dublin. This exhibit of King’s art quilts and Braveheart’s photography brings together two veteran contemporary artists from central Ohio to highlight the beauty of America’s national lands and to celebrate centennial anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service.
The Log Cabins of Donald Judd through April 30 at Modern Domestic in Portland. This is an exhibit of 12 quilts selected from the 50 designed and produced by Luke Haynes for a solo exhibit earlier this year in Los Angeles. Haynes described his concept in his artist statement by saying, “The basic idea is that I want to make the 50 quilts iterations of the log cabin. All different variations with the same language, all red centers with white and black fabric. All the fabric will be used textiles, so the patterns and language of the details will be dictated by the range of ‘black’ or ‘white’ or ‘red’ that I have access to in the form of used garments/textiles.”
ArtQuilt Elements March 18 to April 30 at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne. AQE 2016 is the 12th exhibition of this internationally acclaimed show set in suburban Philadelphia. ”One of the distinctions of our show is our professional presentation of art quilts. The exhibition has been widely praised by reviewers and artists not only for exhibiting the quilts in a gallery setting but also for promoting the art quilt as an art form.”
Textiles: Contemporary American Quiltmaking through April 10 at the Watermark Gallery in East Providence. “This gorgeous show features ten award-winning artists whose elegant and offbeat contemporary quilts successfully jump from the beds to the walls,” according to friend-of-QN Bill Volckening, who guest curated the exhibit of modern quilts by people such as Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Denyse Schmidt and Melissa Averinos.
Quilts & Textiles Show through May 21 at the Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This exhibit of Lakota quilts includes over 30 quilts from the 1980s to today, some from the Heritage Center’s permanent collection and others newly made in response to an open call for submissions. They illustrate both traditional and modern design and the connection between them.
Three Decades of a Quilting Friendship, Quilt Study of Civil War Era Quilts, and Treasures from the Vault: Mary Spitzer Etter Collection through May 7 at the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg.
Made in Dayton: Quilts from 1920 to 2015 through the end of 2016 at the Dayton Historic Depot Museum in Dayton.
Quilt Exhibit through May 13 at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston. The state Division of Culture and History says the quilts were donated or created for specific shows, including an exhibit that opened in 1976 during the Culture Center’s first year.
Fiber Arts Coalition: Salvage & Selvage April 8 to May 8 at the Schauer Arts and Activities Center in Hartford. This contemporary art quilt exhibition features works using repurposed materials.
Cozy Up through March 27 at the Dufferin County Museum & Archives in Mulmur, Ontario. The DCMA holds over 200 quilts in its permanent collection, some dating as far back as 1860. Each one tells the story of its creator and the community through themes of family and local history, war and remembrance and design and adornment. A selection of these textiles are on exhibit in the Silo Gallery.
A Stitch in Time April 2-30 at The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning in Kingston, Ontario. As well as showcasing new work by the Kingston Fibre Artists, A Stitch in Time will feature textile art celebrating the colourful history of the Tett Centre.
Song of Songs: An Exhibition of Israeli Quilts through April 21 at the London Jewish Community Centre in London, Ontario. This group of quilts by the Israel-based Encounters Art Quilt Group is inspired by themes and imagery found in the Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon) chapter of the Bible.
Quilt Tales March 18 to April 18 at the Watermans Art Gallery in Brentford, England. This exhibition was designed to break down isolation, help to share stories and help develop new skills in a group of seniors who suffer from varying degrees of sight and hearing loss, all of which are represented in the multi-sensory quilts on display.
Quilters Newsletter April/May 2016 cover
For information on more quilt exhibits, as well as major winners at recent quilt shows, profiles of leading quilt artists, tutorials, new products and book recommendations, quilt patterns and so much more, pick up your copy of Quilters Newsletter’s April/May 2016 issue, on sale March 15!
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