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Visitors of the Day
August 13, 2022
This is Dr. Tonya Colunga of Houston, Texas and Lauren Allison of Hockley, Texas. They are in front of “The Marquess of Muscovy” in the exhibit Timna Tarr’s Noble Menagerie. Tonya says “It’s definitely worth the drive from Houston. I can’t wait to return for future exhibits!”
Vicki Mangum Named New
Curator of Texas Quilt Museum
LA GRANGE, TEXAS—June 7, 2022—Texas Quilt Museum co-founders Karey Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes announced today that Vicki Mangum has been named the new Curator for the art facility. She takes the position over from Dr. Sandra Sider, who has been Curator since 2013 and recently announced her retirement. Dr. Sider will continue her connection to the Museum, however, as she has been named to its Board of Directors.
Dr. Sandra SiderVicki Mangum
“We knew that it was going to be extremely difficult to find someone to fill Sandra’s very, very big shoes. Her dedication, and expertise, and her commitment have simply been phenomenal,” the pair said in a joint statement.
“But we couldn’t think of a better person to pick up the mantle for the Museum, its mission, and its goals than Vicki, who we’ve worked with for many years. She brings a deep set of skills and passion to the position from her experience working with the Quilts, Inc. Corporate Collection. And her extensive knowledge of both antique and contemporary quilts makes her an excellent choice to follow in Sandra’s footsteps. Plus, she’s an award-winning quilt artist herself!”
For her part, Mangum is certainly excited about the future. “Sandra has set such a high standard for us to follow. The Museum will continue to present beautiful, artful, thought provoking, and relevant exhibits,” she says. “I see my job as Curator to be one of an initiator, generator, and promoter working with quilt artists in building a quality exhibit.”
Mangum has been involved in quilting for over 40 years. She is a graduate of Northwestern State University in Louisiana, with a BS in Home Economics. She has won numerous awards, including Best of Show at the Green Country Quilters (Tulsa, OK), as well as awards in the International Quilt Association Judged Show. She is a former president of the Quilt Guild of Greater Houston.
She also taught quilting in Houston from 1994-2001 and has worked for Quilts, Inc. since 2000, holding numerous positions, including Corporate Collection Curator. In addition to her work with Quilts, Inc., she has served the Museum for the past 11 years as registrar, exhibit designer, and installation supervisor.
For her future, Dr. Sider—a quilt artist since the early 1980s—will continue to teach History of Textiles for the M.F.A. Textiles program at Parsons in New York. She holds an M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Dr. Sider also served as president of Studio Art Quilt Associates and is currently the editor of Art Quilt Quarterly. She has written or edited more than a dozen books concerning quilt art and quilt culture and has juried numerous art quilt and fiber art exhibitions.
In thinking about the Museum’s second decade in existence since its 2011 opening date, Mangum quotes Thelma Golden, Director and Curator of Studio Museum Harlem. “She said that ‘An exhibition is in many ways a series of conversations. Between the artist and viewer, curator and viewer, and between the works of art themselves,’” Mangum offers. “And this is definitely what we strive to achieve at the Texas Quilt Museum!”
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