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December 11, 2018 to May 5, 2019

Students in Professor David Newton’s Fall, 2018 junior design studio considered the role of museums in the 21st century. Are they community centers? Cathedrals for contemplation and communion with objects? What are the benefits—and challenges—of collections-based institutions? What role should technology play in the museum experience?

November 20, 2018 to March 31, 2019

The European Patchwork Meeting convenes every year in Ste-Marie-aux-Mines, in northeastern France, to celebrate the art of quilting. Bordered by Germany and Switzerland, the Alsace region was the birthplace of the Amish movement. In 1693, the followers of Jakob Ammann broke off from their
fellow Anabaptists, and in the early 1900s, many Amish immigrated to Pennsylvania. Today, the Amish are strongly associated with their quilts, which are famous for their bold colors, simple geometry, and fine needlework.

November 2, 2018 to March 3, 2019

In 1997, I was a master’s student at Indiana University. I had just completed and submitted my application for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s  doctorate program in Textiles, Clothing and Design. My goal was to study quilts with Professor Patricia Crews, a professor doing groundbreaking research in textile history. I wasn’t sure what career path that would lead to,  I was only thinking one step at a time. 

September 20, 2018 to February 5, 2019

Today, quilt collectors and aficionados know the bright, yellow-orange fabrics that were staples of late nineteenth-century quilts as “cheddar.” The color became especially prevalent in the parts of the United States that were settled by German immigrants: southeastern Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. 

December 7, 2018 to May 12, 2019

Stitched Textiles from West and Central Africa

October 5, 2018 to February 3, 2019

"I am not a collector. I am a treasure hunter. A collector always wants to better a collection. I buy only what I like and for no other reason. Quilts look better when you have a lot of them."

September 7, 2018 to January 10, 2019

Mark Dunn, president and owner of Moda Fabrics, began his career in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1966 as a third-generation thread and yarn sales representative. In 1985, he received the “Man of the Year” award for the sewing industry from the American Jewish Committee. Dunn attended the University of South Carolina but has lived in Dallas, Texas for the past 33 years. His love for the quilting industry plays out in his personal life as well as in business.

August 29, 2018 to December 15, 2018

Laura Petrovich-Cheney processes events that wear down spirits and materials. Like the passage of time itself, natural disasters remind us of our vulnerability and the inevitability of loss. Petrovich-Cheney crystallizes and commemorates the collective trauma of natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey, and the fires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. In the aftermath of upheaval, she collects wooden debris: two-by-fours, strips of molding and trim, bits and pieces of boards that were once boxes or signs for family businesses, familiar brands, local institutions.

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