August 21, 2018 to December 8, 2018

During the decades following World War II (1941-45), the United States launched space ships, built modern suburbs, emerged as an industrial giant, and looked toward even greater accomplishments in the future. But as 1976 and the Bicentennial approached, the American people also regained an interest in their personal and collective national heritage. A revived popular interest in quiltmaking and its historical roots were manifestations of this nostalgia.

May 4, 2018 to August 30, 2018
October 14, 2016 to May 25, 2017

British artist Pauline Burbidge creates rich depictions of nature through her mastery of textiles. Her pieces express both distant horizons and intimate details of nature that inspire a sense of spirituality and connection she feels deeply.

“(My) work is made by the fusing together of textiles and the natural world and the combining of elements so that you can hardly see the difference… the landscape is in the room with you.”

June 5, 2015 to February 20, 2016

Artists have long used their crafts to help them come to terms with grief and sorrow. The Norwegian painter Edvard Munch’s searing remembrance of his dying sister Sophie in The Sick Child comes to mind. Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten, composed by the Estonian Arvo Part, is a soulful dirge punctuated by tolling bells and darkly colored by Part’s experience of Soviet oppression. These artists, and many more, have made their pain palpable to viewers and listeners through their creative work.

April 2, 2010 to November 1, 2010

Quilts and other heirloom textiles are important artifacts that can represent the history of a person, a family, a community, or a country. Preserving them is a way to maintain an important link to the past. Unfortunately, there are many agents, both natural and human-made, that can slowly (or quickly!) destroy these pieces of our history. The exhibition Quilts Under the Microscope presents a group of quilts that, after careful study, divulge some of the secrets of their past and help us determine the best to way to safeguard them for the future.

May 15, 2010 to November 7, 2010

The quilts of South Asia are as diverse as the subcontinent itself.

November 13, 2010 to May 22, 2011

Marseille: White Corded Quilting, the first major display in the world of all-white quilted and corded French needlework, explores its development in Marseilles, the fusion of technique with design imagery, and the integration of this needlework into other cultures as it was exported, adopted and re-transformed over three centuries in three continents.

December 17, 2010 to April 3, 2011

As some have said about returning to a familiar place after a long absence, “You can never go back”—meaning that the one returning has changed and will find that the familiar now looks different. Revisiting ‘The Art Quilt’ returns to a 1986 exhibition titled “The Art Quilt,” curated by Penny McMorris and Michael Kile.

April 8, 2011 to October 2, 2011

This exhibition of fifteen quilts celebrates the work of the Nebraska Quilt Project team - pioneering individuals who preserved an invaluable record of life in our state, told through the history of cherished quilts. 

November 21, 2009 to May 9, 2010

Quilts by 21 contemporary artists were assembled from the permanent collection of the International Quilt Museum and complemented by several related works in various mediums owned by local collectors.


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