Nancy Crow

Nancy Crow

Drawings: Monoprints and Riffs

Nancy Crow, a leader in contemporary quiltmaking since the 1970s, will showcase work from the past
nine years (2011-2020). 

The title of the exhibition, "Drawings" references her strongly held belief that she has been drawing, finds drawing intrinsic to who she is as an artist, and that drawing has been refined in her own voice through the swing of her arm, whether in producing monoprints, in the cutting of the fabrics, or in the final machine-piecing. This exhibition will showcase the results of her determination to learn the art of monoprinting using Procion MX thickened dyes on cotton cloth. Over two years she produced more than 200 mono-prints, most never shown before, and only a small number in the U.S. The monoprint drawings on exhibit will include many of her tall major works. They will be hung in sequence so viewers can follow her progress as the works become covered with vastly more intense mark-making due to her playing with iterations in size & value scales. Nancy considers these works to be quilted drawings.

The “drawing” in her machine-pieced "Riffs" will manifest as lines, shapes, sequences and spacing. Color will be used sparingly and at other times, boldly.

About the Artist

About the Artist
About the Artist

Nancy Crow has received many honors including being elected a fellow of the American Craft Council, being named to receive The National Living Treasure Award from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and most recently, in 2019, voted to receive the Master of the Medium Award by The James Renwick Alliance, the support arm of The Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Event Date
Friday, July 31, 2020 to Sunday, March 7, 2021