Texas Quilt Museum names Kate Adams as second Bybee Scholar
LA GRANGE, TEXAS – February 9, 2015 – The Texas Quilt Museum and the Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Foundation announced today that quilt historian and scholar Kate Adams has been named the second Bybee Scholar.
Adams – the Quilt Curator for the Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin – will use the opportunity to further her research as well as complete her book, Comfort and Glory: Quilts from the Briscoe Center for American History. UT Press will publish the book next year.
“I was surprised and delighted when the Texas Quilt Museum invited me to be the Bybee Scholar for 2015. This is a huge honor—the invitation literally moved me to tears,” Adams says.
“I study quilts and their history nearly every day, undoubtedly one of the best jobs in the world. 2015 will be an especially exciting year for me!”
“The Bybee Foundation is proud to participate in the Bybee Scholar program at the Museum,” adds Barry Moore, Senior Associate of the Foundation.
“Faith Bybee was a big fan of quilt collecting, and accumulated an impressive collection of early American examples. She would have loved to get to know all of her ‘scholars.’”
Above: Kate Adams examines a quilt at the Briscoe Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Photo by Paul Wentzell.
In addition to the Scholarship, the Bybee Foundation has also committed $2,500 in funds to develop a water-harvesting project in Grandmother’s Flower Garden. The period garden is on the grounds adjacent to the Museum and boasts a wide variety of plants and flowers.
“I am grateful to the Museum co-founders Karey Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes, and to the Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Foundation for selecting me,” Adams continues. “I feel honored, too, to join the company of quiltmaker and historian Teresa Duryea Wong, the first Bybee Scholar.”
Charles and Faith Bybee were well-known Houston philanthropists and noted collectors of American decorative arts. They established the Texas Pioneer Arts Foundation to preserve the architectural and decorative arts legacy of German-American immigrants in Central Texas.
The Texas Quilt Museum is located at 140 W. Colorado St., La Grange, Texas 78945. It opened in 2011 and is housed in two 19th-century buildings in the Historic District of La Grange. Its restoration has won both
Preservation Texas and Main Street awards. The Museum complex also includes a period Texas garden with a monumental 13’ x 85’ outdoor mural, Quilts: History in the Making, as its focal point.
Upcoming Museum exhibits for 2015:
April 2-June 28, 2015
“Sue Benner: Circling the Square”
“Antique Log Cabin Quilts from the International Quilt Study Center and Museum”
“Vintage Apps: Block Quilts and Appliqué”
July 2-September 27, 2015
“Intuitive Symmetry: Works on Silk by Judith Content"
“Kimono Quilts and Kimonos”
“Antique Four-Poster Quilts”
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