Expressive qualities and sophisticated use of design elements distinguish the quilts in the exhibition "Visual Systems: the Quilter's Eye". The exhibition featured a selection of historical and contemporary quilts from the collection of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum. Curator Peggy Derrick, quilt studies graduate student in the The Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design, created the exhibition in cooperation with UNL's Department of Art and Art History.

Programming included a lecture will be given by painter, author and quiltmaker David Hornung, Chair of the Art Department at Adelphi University. Hornung discussed the contested place of both historical and non-traditional quilts in the art world, and how their visual power and assertiveness transcend the everyday functions associated with them.

Programming and development of the teaching guide were supported by funds from the UNL Department of Textiles, Clothing and Design and the Nebraska Arts Council.