January 9-March 15, 2020
March 19-June 21, 2020
June 25-September 20, 2020
Winter exhibits showcase retrospectives from
SAQA and Modern Quilt Guild prizewinners
Two quilting organizations – one seasoned with a rich history, and one relatively new and hoping to make its mark – will have some of their members’ best and most memorable works showcased in two exhibits on display from January 9-March 15, 2020.
Layered & Stitched: Fifty Years of Innovation will feature 50 works by members of Studio Art Quilt Associates in Galleries I and III. These art quilts, made between 1968 and 2016, represent the extraordinary range of talented artists working in contemporary quilt art.
Blue Book on Blue Chairs (46” x 57”) by Laura Wasilowski. From the SAQA exhibit Layered and Stitched: Fifty Years of Innovation.
Featuring a balance of abstract and representational styles, Layered & Stitched includes a wide geographic distribution of makers and several international artists.
Star (48” x 48”) by Leslie Gabrielse. From the SAQA exhibit Layered and Stitched: Fifty Years of Innovation.
The vision of this exhibition is to embrace diversity and excellence, including three-dimensional works. It was juried by Nancy Bavor, Director of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles; Martha Sielman, Executive Director of SAQA; and Dr. Sandra Sider, Curator of the Texas Quilt Museum.
“Jurying this spectacular exhibition was one of the highlights of my career!” Dr. Sider says. “It is an amazing show of historic significance.” Dr. Sider will give a related free lecture titled “The Art Quilt Movement: Exhibitions, Publications, and Innovative Inspirations” on Saturday, February 22 at 3 pm, with Museum admission free beginning at 2 pm.
The other exhibit embraces a very popular current genre. Beginning with the first QuiltCon in 2013, judges for this Modern Quilt Guild competition have awarded prizes in many categories to recognize excellence and innovation in this style of quilting.
In celebration of QuiltCon 2020, to be held in Austin, Texas, the Museum will feature QuiltCon Prizewinners 2013-2018.
Double Wedding Ring (78” x 78”) by Tara Faughnan. From the exhibit QuiltCon Prizewinners 2013-2018.
These 15 quilts, including Kathy York’s witty iQuilt awarded Best of Show in 2015, cover a wide range of categories and showcase the Modern Quilt aesthetic. Among the artists represented are Maria Shell, Stephanie Skardal, Kim Soper, Corinne Sovey, and Colleen Wooten. This exhibit was also curated by Dr. Sandra Sider.
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