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April 16, 2019 to September 8, 2019

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the charter that established the University of Nebraska as the state’s land grant institution of higher education. 

June 21, 2019 to November 30, 2019

"Quilts become archetypal symbols of the women who make them.
They 'stand in' for the quilter, long after she is gone,
revealing to descendants, viewers, or new owners
the essence of the quilter—her spirit, energy, vitality, and skill."
- Jean Ray Laury
Ho for California! Pioneer Women and Their Quilts

May 17, 2019 to September 22, 2019

Trained as a painter and an architect, Liz Axford turned to textiles in the context of the Studio Craft movement, which defined itself as a branch of art-making focused on material explorations. In 1985, Axford left a career designing generic commercial architecture and committed to a studio quiltmaking practice that remained steadfastly experimental for 35 years. 

April 2, 2019 to August 4, 2019

Thirty years ago, a group of artists met at a gallery in Atlanta to discuss the formation of an organization dedicated to celebrating a new type of quilt: the “art quilt.” Art quilts transformed the traditional functionality of quilts. They are meant to be exhibited as innovative and experimental works of art.

July 5, 2019 to October 27, 2019

Quilts are double-sided by definition, but in reality, their utilitarian backs are often ignored in favor of their decorative tops. Emiko Toda Loeb’s quilts are meant to be viewed freestanding, from both sides. She uses a complex technique to sew two-sided Log Cabin blocks, and once assembled, they form two wholly different compositions. Loeb explores a range of geometric and biomorphic forms that break out of the rigid or repeat patterns typically associated with Log Cabin quilts. Sometimes, the elements on either side of a quilt echo one another.

April 24, 2019 to September 29, 2019

Kathleen Caraccio was born in the Bronx, New York in 1947. As a child, she was fluent in an “old world language” of needlework and manual dexterity, and remembers her parents’ support for her artistic inclinations as a kind of indulgence. In the 1960s, Caraccio’s artistic focus shifted to printmaking and works on paper, but she never lost her affinity for textiles.

February 22, 2019 to August 18, 2019

Throughout western India, people make quilts for practical reasons: to have something to sleep under, to hang in doorways, to augment dowries, to sell. They make quilts for personal reasons, as well: to document daily life, to offer as gifts, to signal group affiliation or individuality. The quilts in this exhibition were made by women and men from towns and villages across the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Karnataka. These craftspeople come from varied geographic, economic, and social backgrounds, but all value quiltmaking for the creative outlet it provides.

 
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