As we head into the final few weeks of autumn and toward the solstice, your thoughts — not to mention the weather — may already be turning to winter. If you’re going to be spending more time indoors, why not do so at an exhibit of quilts?
In the “What’s New” section of every issue of Quilters Newsletter, we spotlight exhibits happening around the U.S. and some in Europe, particularly at different quilt and textile museums. But there’s always more to see than we have room for in print, so here’s a list of additional quilt exhibits you don’t want to miss. For even more, be sure to pick up your copy of Quilters Newsletter’s December/January 2016 issue on sale now in quilt shops, bookstores, on newsstands, and online at QuiltandSewShop.com in both print and digital editions.
**This post is being regularly updated, so check back! Last update: Feb. 10, 2016**
Art Cloth North II February 5-29 at blue.hollomon gallery in Anchorage. The juried exhibition features work from nine artists from the Alaska region of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA).
Art Quilts Year XX: Journeys & Life Cycles through January 9 at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Chandler. The exhibit of approximately 80 pieces features textile artworks that relate to self-growth, regeneration or the taking of a new pathway.
Strata: Studio Art Quilt Associates through December 16 at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton. This exhibition of 33 artists, juried by SAQA founder Yvonne Porcella, features a variety of textile works by talented quilt artists who are members of the Northern California /Northern Nevada Region of SAQA.
Cutting Edge through January 31 at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. This exhibit is composed of fifteen Central California Coast artists working with cloth and the quilt form to produce contemporary fiber art.
Yo-Yos & Half Squares: Contemporary California Quilts through February 21 at the Oakland Museum of California. Highlighting the stunning creations of five quilters from the Oakland-based Eli Leon collection, Yo-Yos & Half Squares: Contemporary California Quilts presents 20 quilts that defy standard expectations, dating from the late 1980s and early 2000s. Although the quilts are highly distinct from each other, the exhibition reflects the makers’ individual interests, skills and talents and Eli Leon’s vision and unique story as a collector, beginning in the early 1970s and with a large focus on African American quilters.
Made in America: Craft Icons of the 50 States through February 21 at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego. While not devoted exclusively to quilts, this exhibit of folk art and crafts includes quilts as emblematic of a few different states, including a Gee’s Bend quilt from Alabama and Pennsylvania Dutch quilts. ”I don’t think there’s any other craft as iconic as the quilt, not for any one state but for the whole country,” curator Rob Sidner said.
Conversations: Significant Years through March 19 at aBuzz Gallery in Denver. For this solo show by friend-of-QN and textile artist Carol Ann Waugh, she ”decided to create a series of pieces that use words and phrases to create ‘conversations’ with the people looking at them. I chose significant years in my life and researched what was happening in those years.”
Celebrating the Cowboy with Quilts through March 26 at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig. This exhibit of quilts depicting cowboy culture features work by quilt artist Jean Roesler.
Tiny Bits and Pieces opening January 30 at the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. When the Avenir Museum opens its doors to the public on January 30, it will not only debut a beautiful new space, but will also unveil a unique collection of 116 miniature quilts designed and sewn by College of Health and Human Sciences alumna Lucile Hawks (M.S. home economics, ’58). The exhibition of quilts will feature stunning examples of Hawks’ work.
Fall Quilt by Eldeen Geist, included in The Sum of Many Parts exhibit and patterned in QN Oct/Nov 2013
The Sum of Many Parts: Quiltmakers in Contemporary America and Mid-Florida Quiltmakers: Commemorations and Connections through January 18 at the Crealdé School of Art in Winter Park. Crealdé is one of the first U.S. hosts for the internationally traveled exhibition “The Sum of Many Parts,” which was originally sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and toured in China before coming to the U.S. QN wrote about “The Sum of Many Parts” and its initial tour of China in our June/July 2013 issue, and published a pattern for one of the quilts, Fall Quilt by Eldeen Geist, in our October/November 2013 issue.
Last Words: Quilts by Susan Lenz through December 23 at the Southeastern Quilt & Textile Museum in Carrollton.
Labor of Love through February at the Male Academy Museum in Newnan. This exhibit features quilts made by Ina Thornton Yates, known to her family as “Big Mom,” who learned to quilt at the age of 8 and wound up making quilts for all of her loved ones from her home in the Arnco mill village.
Capturing Women’s History: Quilts, Activism and Storytelling February 1 to March 19 at the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute in Louisville. This exhibit will feature the International Honor Quilt, a collaborative feminist art project initiated by artist Judy Chicago that will be displayed in its entirety for the first time, and the Hot Flash Fan, a work that incorporates a mixed-media approach to quilting by 50 Kentucky artists.
Handmade: Explorations in Fiber Art February 4-27, 2016, at the Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown. This is a juried exhibition of contemporary works of fiber art employing traditional and non-traditional materials that are woven or stitched using a wide variety of textile techniques.
Piecing Together a Changing Planet December 6 to February 7, 2016, at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum in Lowell. This show by more than 20 SAQA members from Florida highlights a few of the many ways that America’s 405 National Parks are being impacted by climate change, water pollution, air pollution and other human-caused phenomena.
Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods in an open-ended exhibit at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester. On display in this exhibit are thirteen quilts celebrating Gloucester’s neighborhoods. Working under the leadership of artist Juni Van Dyke, they were designed and created by men and women in the Art Program at Gloucester’s Rose Baker Senior Center.
Ethel Lea Benson: Textiles opening February 12 at Yalo Studio in Water Valley. This exhibit of quilts by local resident Benson (1923-2013) features ones she made of her husband’s denim work clothes as well as a variety of polyester quilts from the 1960s and ’70s. On display will also be photos of Benson and her family, her still-threaded treadle sewing machine and hand-written cotton haul ledgers dating to the 1960s.
Text Messages through March 20 at the Morris Museum in Morristown. For this exhibition, SAQA artists had free rein to explore the many facets of what ‘text messages’ means — from the obvious connection to modern technology to works comprised solely of actual or implied writing. Many quilts featured in the exhibition were inspired by cell phone use, but others depict earlier forms of communication.
People & Portraits through December 19 at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts in St. Bonaventure. This SAQA exhibition celebrates the expressiveness of the human face. The diverse designs focus on a variety of both emotional states and the ways in which people interact: contemplation, joy, community, work and play.
Quilts=Art=Quilts and Traditions Made Modern: Wedding Ring Quilts by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, both through January 3 at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn. Quilts=Art=Quilts in an international juried quilt exhibition featuring quilts by 68 U.S. and international artists. Wolfe made a splash in the quilt world with her best of show win at the first QuiltCon in 2013 for her quilt Double-Edged Love, a modern interpretation of a traditional double wedding ring quilt.
Quilt: Traditional / Not Traditional through March 9 at the Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery at SUNY Geneseo. This juried, multimedia exhibit clearly illustrates the wide variety of possibilities for the American quilt.
Charity, Companionship & Comfort through January 30 at the Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher. Nearly 40 historic quilts are displayed in the Seay Mansion and the meeting room in the museum. Many of them have ties to Oklahoma, including local friendship and fundraising quilts dating from the 1900s to the 1940s.
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, through February 7 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. This exhibit spotlights nearly 50 quilts with bold palettes and inventive designs from the acclaimed Pilgrim/Roy Quilt Collection. Influenced by 20th-century art developments such as abstraction, optical art and the color field movement, Paul Pilgrim and Gerald Roy collected quilts from the late-19th to mid-20th centuries with similarly bold and striking designs.
World Painters Challenge through December 24 at the Emerald Art Center in Springfield. This exhibit of 90 art quilt, each 19 inches square, is a re-creation of a painting — or a portion thereof — by a world-famous artist. Among the more familiar artists whose work has been reinterpreted in quilt form for the the show are Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Amadeo Modigliani, Auguste Renoir, Grandma Moses, Paul Cezanne, Édouard Manet, Gustav Klimt, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.
Stitches: Contemporary Fiber Art Show through January 3 in the Cummings Gallery at Mercyhurst University in Erie. Using the chain stitch as inspiration, Pittsburgh fiber/quilt artist Tina Williams Brewer began a chain bringing together contemporary fiber artists for an exhibition of quilts and fiber art that engage contemporary themes and issues.
Patterns of History: Quilts from the Collection through January 31 at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville. This exhibit highlights quilts dating as far back as 1830, including a Mexican Rose quilt (c. 1850–1860) and a Crazy Quilt piano runner (c. 1880) made by Lena McLean of Rutherford County, TN.
Quilts: A World of Beauty – Prizewinners from the International Quilt Association; Selections from SAQA: Wild Fabrications; Modern Quilt Guild at the Texas Quilt Museum; and The Magna Carta Quilts, January 7 to March 27, 2016, at the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange. The Texas Quilt Museum will kick off its fifth year with three brand-new exhibits that spotlight the Wild, the Winning, and the Way Modern, as well as a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit of the multi-panel Magna Carta quilt with a historic backstory.
Celebrating Silver through December 31 at the St. George Art Museum. In recognition of SAQA’s 25th anniversary, artists submitted images of current work along with a proposal for how they would interpret the theme “silver.” From a talented pool of entries, SAQA founder Yvonne Porcella selected 35 artists to create work specifically for this exhibition.
Free Admission on November 28 at the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg for Shenandoah Valley residents as part of the museum’s 20th Anniversary Community Day.
A Celebration of American Quilts through January 3 at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg. This exhibition features twelve quilts that represent the diversity of quilts made in American from the 18th through 20th centuries. Several of the quilts are new to the collection and have never before been seen by the public. They represent makers from many regions and ethnic groups, including Anglo-Americans, African Americans, Hawaiians and Amish.
Threaded with Green: Biannual Quilt Show from the Center Street Cotton Collective through February 14 at ArtSpace Herndon in Herndon. The exhibit features the challenge “There Is a Season” from 12 fiber artists who created a quilt for each season: winter, spring, summer and fall. Every quilt in the show has an element of green.
Lost In Space: Art Quilts by Bruce Seeds through January 11 at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) on the Lake in Milwaukee. Bruce Seeds is a contemporary quilt maker whose kaleidoscopic quilts suggest nebulae and galaxies whirling out into the cosmos. He’s used Star Wars fabrics and other novelty prints as the base for his quilts.
Around the Block: Traditional Patterns in the Quilts of Vera Anderson through March 26 at the Old Depot Museum in Ottawa. As a member of the Ottawa Quilter’s Guild, Franklin County resident Anderson made more than 100 quilts and decorations. Anderson’s quilts are contemporary but with older patterns including the Nine-Patch and Triple Irish Chains.
Losing the Compass through January 9 at White Cube, Mason’s Yard in London. This exhibition focuses on the rich symbolism of textiles and their political, social and aesthetic significance through both art and craft practice. It traces the poetic and subversive use of the textile medium through works by various contemporary artists as well as William Morris, and a series of quilts made collectively by the Amish and Gee’s Bend communities in USA during the late 19th and early 20th Century.
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