In the 1970s young artists "discovered" quilts and began experimenting with contemporary styles. Today quilt art is a staple of art exhibits nationwide. This handsomely illustrated introduction provides a useful guide to the contemporary art of quilting for quilters and collectors alike. The book illustrates the various styles of quilt art, introduces both established and emerging artists, and discusses aspects of their art as well as the process of quilt making. The reader will learn where to find the work of the best artists, and how to work directly with them when commissioning a quilt. Kate Lenkowsky gives an overview of exhibition and marketing opportunities and lists art quilt organizations at the national, regional, and local levels. Collectors will find a guide to resources on the conservation of textiles and options for displaying quilts in the home and elsewhere. A wonderful gift for anyone interested in viewing and collecting contemporary American art quilts.
Kate Lenkowsky has been quilting for more than a dozen years. Her "Call to Service," a large narrative quilt depicting volunteers serving their communities, hangs in the entryway of the Corporation for National and Community Service at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Bloomington (Indiana) Quilters' Guild, the Studio Art Quilt Associates, the Alliance for American Quilts, and the Fiber Art Study Group in Washington, D.C.
Contents Preface Acknowledgments Note on Terminology Part 1. Introduction 1. The Evolution of a New Art Form from an Old Tradition Tradition Early Innovations Unique among the Crafts The Arrival of Modern Art and Some Talented Immigrants The Return of Studio Craft A New Spirit Emerges in Textile and Fiber Art The "New" Modern Art Takes Center Stage Fiber and Textile Art Begin to Flourish "Homemade" Makes a Comeback, and Quilt Guilds Proliferate A New Art Form Begins to Evolve: Early Influences and Challenges Museums Play a Role Old Skills Are Revived Artists Take Charge of the Medium Building a Support System The New Quilts An Important Question Is Raised Achieving Professional Status New Challenges Some Final Thoughts and Observations Part 2. Artists 2. Liz Axford 3. Susan Brandeis 4. Rachel Brumer 5. Pauline Burbidge 6. Elizabeth Busch 7. Jean Williams Cacicedo 8. Dorothy Caldwell 9. Kyoung Ae Cho 10. Nancy Crow 11. Nancy Erickson 12. Carole Harris 13. Ana Lisa Hedstrom 14. Marilyn Henrion 15. Michael James 16. Jan Myers-Newbury 17. Ris? Nagin 18. Joy Saville 19. Joan Schulze 20. Julie John Upshaw Part 3. A Guide for Buyers and Collectors 21. Educational Resources and the Market Museums Collections and Acquisition Policies Making Use of Museum Resources The International Quilt Study Center The Quilt Index Internet Galleries Private Galleries An Overview What to Expect Cooperative Galleries National and International Competitions Regional and Traveling Exhibitions Fiber Art Destinations Open Studio Days Large Quilt Shows and Festivals Local Guild Exhibitions Student Work Charitable Auctions 22. Suggestions for Buyers 23. Collecting: Some Well-Known Collectors and What We Can Learn from Them 24. Suggestions for Beginning Collectors<