We Did It - Thanks to You!
A big Texas “thank you” to everyone who helped us reach our goal of $4,500 in the 2014 IndieGoGo campaign!
This money will help to bring 54 art quilts from the storied John M. Walsh III Collection to the Museum this autumn. This blockbuster exhibition will fill all three galleries. Be sure to come see it!
“We’re thrilled to showcase this preeminent contemporary quilt art collection at the Museum. It will be the first time many visitors have the chance to see it, and that chance may not come again soon. The contrast with our restored 19th century buildings should be visually exciting,” say the Museum co-founders Karey Bresenhan and Nancy
The Museum's curator, Dr. Sandra Sider, explains that this exhibit will mark the largest collection of Walsh quilts ever shown in one location at the same time.
More info about “Art Quilts from the
John M. Walsh III Collection”
John M. Walsh III began purchasing studio art quilts in 1992, after viewing a BBC program in which artist Michael James discussed his work. Today, the Walsh Collection numbers more than 100 quilts—many on the theme of water and some of them specially commissioned—and continues to grow.
As the owner and operator of an international water purification business,
water has been the key element of Walsh’s professional interest. He has also
lived by the water for most of his life, so there is also a personal connection
to the element.
In 2009, the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles featured quilts from the Walsh collection in “Reservoir: John M. Walsh III Collects,” the first time that
his quilts inspired by water and nature were showcased in a major exhibition.
For our autumn 2014 exhibition season, we are filling all three galleries
with 54 works from the Walsh collection, including 24 water-themed quilts.
The list of artists for this spectacular exhibition reads like a “Who’s Who”
of contemporary quilt art, including Michael James, Therese May, Terrie
Hancock Mangat, Nancy Crow, Linda Colsh, Velda Newman, Susan Shie, Arydyth Davis, and Robin Schwalb.
For more information about the collection, see Robert Shaw’s essay “John M. Walsh III Passionate Patron of the Quilt.”
“John M. Walsh III: Passionate Patron of the Quilt.”
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