For more than three decades, Karey Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes have purchased studio art quilts for their Quilts, Inc. corporate collection, mostly from exhibitions at the Houston International Quilt Festival. Founded by Karey Bresenhan in 1974, the festival quickly became a destination for quilters from around the world.
For the first time ever, part of this collection has been assembled into a nationally touring exhibition. Dr. Sandra Sider, curator for the Texas Quilt Museum, selected the 34 quilts presented here, which date from 1997 to 2013. The artists range from the most famous names in contemporary quilt art to emerging artists at the time of purchase whose innovative work caught the collectors’ attention. Themes and styles in this exhibition include narration, color abstraction, landscape, the cosmos and homage to antique quilts.