Lady of Guadalupe II

September, 2020

Lady of Guadalupe II

Nancy Crow

Made in Baltimore, Ohio
81.5 × 59 inches 
Machine-pieced cottons and cotton blends
Hand-quilted by Sarah Hershberger, Holmesville, Ohio
Gift of Robert and Ardis James Foundation, 1997.007.1089

In the 1986 “The Art Quilt” catalog, Penny McMorris and Michael Kile wrote that, “Crow’s work, more than that of her fellow quilt artists, continues to incorporate variations of many traditional quilt patterns.”

Nancy Crow, however, has not been constricted by the design vocabulary of traditional quiltmaking. Rather, she has proven that any influence she finds evocative—whether an ethnic art object, an idea, or a personal experience—provides creative grist to her quiltmaking practice. Crow’s work is highly personal, populated with expressions of what she thinks, sees, and feels. She begins with a shape or shapes she has sketched and translates them to fabric through a process of discovery carried out in the solitude of her studio.

Nancy Crow has been a leader in contemporary quiltmaking since the 1970s. In 1999 she was elected a fellow of the American Craft Council and in 2019, she received the Master of the Medium Award from The James Renwick Alliance, the support arm of The Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Crow lives in Ohio, with her ever-patient friend, partner, and husband John Stitzlein. A selection of her most recent work is on display at the International Quilt Museum in “Nancy Crow | Drawings: Monoprints & Riffs,” August 4, 2020 - March 7, 2021.