First Friday

4:30 - 7 PM
Description: Join the International Quilt Study Center & Museum for the opening reception of “Contemporary Quilt Art from the International Quilt Festival Collection” featuring a lecture from Sandra Sider at 5:30 p.m.

As part of First Friday, admission to the galleries is FREE and refreshments will be offered from 4:30-7 p.m.

The International Quilt Festival Collection, assembled by collectors Karey Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes, includes national award-winning works made by well-known artists working in the studio quilt movement from its earliest days, as well as emerging artists who have begun working in quilts as an art form more recently. The selections in the Quilt House debut of “Contemporary Quilt Art from the International Quilt Festival Collection” feature commissioned works along with pieces showcased at the International Quilt Festival’s annual exhibitions in Houston. The exhibition is organized by Dr. Sandra Sider, Curator of the Texas Quilt Museum founded by Bresenhan and O'Bryant Puentes in 2010.

Sider has served as Curator for the Texas Quilt Museum (La Grange) since 2011. She is a past president of Studio Art Quilt Associates and has authored numerous books and articles pertaining to the history and aesthetics of contemporary quilt art. She holds an M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and currently is Acting Editor for Art Quilt Collector magazine. Her online narrated PowerPoint lectures on Texas Quilt Museum exhibitions contribute to the Museum’s popular educational programming. Dr. Sider’s blog Textile News has created an online community of more than 700 subscribers at She resides in New York City, working for the Museum from her Bronx studio and occasionally traveling to La Grange. Her November 4 lecture for the International Quilt Study Center & Museum stems from Dr. Sider’s recent research on art quilts owned by public institutions.