2014 Exhibit Quilts
Piecing Our Past: Quilt Styles of the 19th Century
Life's Work: Quilts of Joe Cunningham
CURATORS: DEBRA GRANA AND SHARON WADDELL
During the 1800s, there seemed to be an endless variety of quilt styles. Some designs appear over long periods of time; others soon fade away. Using quilts from their own collections and a selection of others, the curators, who are quilt historians and collectors from New York state, will provide a dazzling timeline of quilts.
CURATOR: JOE CUNNINGHAM
This exhibit spans the development of San Francisco quiltmaker, Joe Cunningham. His first works, created in 1979, used traditional materials and aesthetics to make original statements. Now they have become more personal and ahistorical. No matter how foreign his quilts look, his goal is for them to remain human-size, useful objects.
New England Stitches
CURATORS: PAM DRUHEN AND ELIZA GREENHOE-BERGH
Many fine quilters in New England rarely, if ever, show their work publicly. From gifts, which commemorate significant life events, to projects which experiment with new techniques and ideas, this group of very personal work will surprise and delight the viewer. These quilts are indicative of the direction that quilting is taking in the region.
Curators: Pam Druhen and Eliza Greenhoe-Bergh
Lobby Lights: Quilts of Joan Ford
MILLER CENTRE LOBBY
CURATOR: JOAN FORD
Originally, Joan believed that scrap quilts were too disorganized and that she was too Type A to be able to create one. Now using a controlled scrappy approach, her quilts contain lots of different fabrics. Selecting more than enough scraps to complete the project that follows a theme, she lets the scraps fall where they may as the blocks come together.
SewBatik Challenge: Whimsy
Whimsy is defined as a sense of playfulness, a dreamlike or fanciful idea. Participants were invited to embrace that definition in the creation of a square wall quilt. SewBatik provided two fat eighths of fabric. Quilts are judged by SewBatik, who will award the first place winner with a basket of their fabrics valued at $500; the second place winner, a basket valued at $300. Fabric packets for this year's challenge are sold out.
Over more than three decades, many of VQF's instructors have been at the leading edge of developments in the quilt world. This year's roster is no different, and visitors have the opportunity to see in person quilts that they may otherwise see only in print. As always, this exhibit reflects the diversity of the quilting tradition.
The curators of each of the special exhibits in Miller North offer free gallery talks about their exhibits. Each curator speaks daily on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. These informal talks offer visitors
a more in-depth look at the featured exhibits and allow viewers to ask questions to further their appreciation of the displays. A complete schedule is available at the show.