Leadership & Advisors

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum's leadership team is led by Executive Director Leslie Levy and includes members with skills and backgrounds in textile history, art, museum studies, design and other specialties. The leadership is complemented by the energy and efforts of several other individuals within the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Foundation. Advisory groups include experts from around the world.

Leadership

Leadership
Leadership
Leslie Levy portrait
Leslie Levy portrait

Executive Director

Leslie Levy is the Ardis and Robert James Executive Director of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. In addition to leading operations, guiding the strategic direction for the Museum, and participating on the acquisitions committee, Levy travels nationally and internationally to increase outreach and public awareness for the museum and its collection. In 1995, Levy began her legal career in private practice. From 2002-2011, she was chief of the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division in the Department of Justice. While there, she not only represented Nebraska’s interests in anti-trust suits against the pharmaceutical companies, she participated in multinational actions against some of the country’s best known companies which resulted in increased revenue recovered for Nebraska’s consumers three-fold during her tenure. It was during that time, Levy developed a newfound appreciation for the invaluable gift that Nebraska’s not-for-profit organizations are to the state. By working alongside many not-for-profits to ensure their compliance with the laws that govern Nebraska’s nonprofit and charitable organizations, she made many new friends and was asked to lead the Willa Cather Foundation as its executive director. Like the IQSCM, the Cather Foundation is another of Nebraska’s local institutions that is recognized for its global preeminence and leadership, which led to her serving as the Quilt Museum’s executive director today. A University of Nebraska-Lincoln alumna, Levy holds a Bachelor of Arts in international affairs and a Juris Doctorate from the College of Law. She is an active volunteer, giving her time and leadership skills to the Rotary Club 14; Junior League of Lincoln; the Diaconate Board - First Plymouth Church; and American Quilt Study Group.
Leslie Levy
Executive Director
Carly Kennedy portrait
Carly Kennedy portrait

Director of Development

Carly Kennedy manages fundraising programs at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, including individual giving, corporate sponsorship, grants and major gifts. While she began her career as a public school educator, teaching English and history, her professional path transitioned to program development and grant writing. However, she remains a history hobbiest and fan of the written word. At IQSCM these worlds merge where she implements an annual plan and long-term strategy to fund the exhibition and preservation of America’s and the world’s historical, cultural and artistic voice found in quilts and quiltmaking traditions. Kennedy graduated from East Texas Baptist University with a bachelor’s in English and history and has completed graduate studies in technical communications and Native American History at the University of Nebraska Omaha.
Carly Kennedy
Director of Development
Carolyn Ducey portrait
Carolyn Ducey portrait

Curator of Exhibitions

Carolyn Ducey is curator of collections at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She oversees new acquisitions and ongoing care of the museum’s collection. She has curated a number of exhibitions, including "Chintz Appliqué: From Imitation to Icon” and “The Collector’s Eye: Amish Quilts from the International Quilt Study Center Collections," and co-curated “Quilts in Common,” the inaugural exhibition of Center’s new museum. She is also author of the monograph Chintz Appliqué: from Imitation to Icon, (2008), co-author of What’s in a Name: Inscribed Quilts (2012), and a contributing author of Wild by Design: Two Hundred Years of Innovation and Artistry in American Quilts (2003). She co-edited American Quilts in the Industrial Age: 1760-1870, released by University of Nebraska Press in 2018. Ducey earned a Masters of Arts in American art history from Indiana University in 1998, and her doctorate in Textiles, Clothing & Design, with an emphasis in quilt studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010. Her research focused on 1840s chintz appliqué signature quilts made in the Delaware River Valley.
Carolyn Ducey
Curator of Exhibitions
Marin Hanson portrait
Marin Hanson portrait

Curator of International Collections

Marin F. Hanson is the IQSCM’s curator of international collections and is responsible for building and interpreting the museum’s non-Western collection. She has curated a variety of exhibitions, including Quilts in Common: Around the World and Across the Centuries, Reflections of the Exotic East in American Quilts, and Getting to Know You: Highlights from the IQSCM Collections. Hanson has been a curator at IQSCM since 2001 and served on the board of the non-profit Quilt Alliance from 2009-2017. She earned her Masters of Arts in museum studies and textile history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her doctorate in museum studies from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. Her doctoral research focused on cross-cultural quiltmaking practices, with particular emphasis on China and the United States and more specifically, quilts made for Chinese adoptees. Hanson is co-editor of American Quilts in the Modern Age, 1870-1940, the first publication in the IQSCM’s comprehensive series of collections catalogs (University of Nebraska Press, 2009) and co-editor of the World Quilts website modules, including The American Story, The Amish Story and The Central Asian Story modules.
Marin Hanson
Curator of International Collections
Kim Taylor portrait
Kim Taylor portrait

Collections Manager

Kim Taylor, collections manager, ensures the International Quilt Study Center & Museum’s collection is cared for by using proper handling and storage techniques with the assistance of a dedicated volunteer base. She oversees managing the collections database and paperwork for donations, purchases, and incoming or outgoing loans for exhibitions. She also mentors students interested in developing skills in managing museum collections. Taylor has a Bachelors of Fine Arts in painting and drawing, a Bachelor's in French language and literature, and a Master’s in cultural anthropology from the University of Montana. Her thesis involved research on Sioux and Assiniboine star quilts. Before joining the IQSCM in October 2012, she worked for the University of Northern Iowa Museum and has presented at conferences and symposiums nationwide.
Kim Taylor
Collections Manager
Sarah Walcott portrait
Sarah Walcott portrait

Collections Assistant

Sarah Walcott is the International Quilt Study Center & Museum's collections assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in textile history with a concentration in quilt studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before joining the team full time, she interned at the museum in collections, exhibitions and education since 2014. As collections assistant, her responsibilities include assisting with accessioning and deaccessioning objects, preparing objects for photography, preparing and receiving shipments, processing loan agreements and contracts, maintaining the IQSCM database and other functions to support to the collections manager. Walcott also curated Hand and Mind in 19th Century Quiltmaking.
Sarah Walcott
Collections Assistant
Lydia Neuman portrait
Lydia Neuman portrait

Head of Exhibitions

Lydia Neuman is head of exhibitions at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. Her experience in the visual arts, interior design and arts education has been underpinned by a lifelong affection for textiles in general, and quilts in particular. Neuman received a master’s degree in textiles from the University of Texas at Austin, where her research focused on the ways in which geometry and culture inform one another. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Bucknell University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design. Originally from New York City, Neuman is delighted to be in Lincoln and working to produce exhibitions that inspire multi-disciplinary consideration of the significance of quilts and quiltmaking.
Lydia Neuman
Head of Exhibitions
Jonathan Gregory portrait
Jonathan Gregory portrait

Assistant Curator of Exhibitions

Jonathan Gregory, assistant curator of exhibitions, guides development and production of exhibitions at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum staff in 2010. He earned his master’s degree in textile history with an emphasis in quilt studies from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2007 and his doctorate in human sciences with a specialization in Textiles, also from UNL, in 2015. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources from Friends University, Wichita, Kansas. Gregory is co-editor of World Quilts: The American Story, and is a contributing author to various IQSCM publications including American Quilts in the Modern Age, 1870-1940 (University of Nebraska Press, 2009), What’s In A Name(2012), and Pojagi: Patchwork from Korea (2008). He has curated IQSCM exhibitions including Covering the War: American Quilts in Times of Conflict and The Engineer Who Could: Ernest Haight’s Half Century of Quiltmaking.
Jonathan Gregory
Assistant Curator of Exhibitions
Laura Chapman portrait
Laura Chapman portrait

Communications Coordinator

Communications Coordinator Laura Chapman oversees advertising, media relations, public relations and marketing of programs and projects at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. She works closely with team members and others to document museum activities, events and research for print and online presentation. Chapman graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in news-editorial and minors in English and history. While a student, she wrote articles for the college’s depth report publication Fabric as Narrative, a look at quilting’s global impact. Before joining the museum’s team, she reported at newspapers in Illinois and Nebraska and worked in corporate communications. She is also a published author of fiction and a past board member of the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association.
Laura Chapman
Communications Coordinator
Dean Young portrait
Dean Young portrait

Operations Manager

Dean Young serves as the operations manager, overseeing day-to-day operations of the museum to include special events within the facility. In this position he supervises retail and visitor operations, membership services and carries out human resources activities. Young received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with his masters focused on institutional administration and minors in adult education and business administration.
Dean Young
Operations Manager
Mary Ourecky portrait
Mary Ourecky portrait

Visitor Services Manager

Mary Ourecky
Visitor Services Manager
Joy Shalla Glenn portrait
Joy Shalla Glenn portrait

Public Programs / Membership Assistant

Joy Shalla Glenn, public programs/ membership assistant, provides assistance with membership services, facility rentals and special programming. Glenn has a bachelor’s degree in consumer sciences and business from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Joy Shalla Glenn
Public Programs / Membership Assistant
Cheryl Whemhoff portrait
Cheryl Whemhoff portrait

Staff Assistant

Cheryl Wemhoff
Staff Assistant

Advisory Board

Advisory Board
Advisory Board
Linda Colsh portrait
Linda Colsh portrait

Maryland

Linda Colsh builds her pieced, layered and stitched artworks from the images and ideas that she collects as photographs, drawings and writings. She is known for her images of elderly women and men. Anonymous and invisible to most others, her subjects come from the streets where she finds them. She strips away their context, and reworks them with new narratives and imagined scenarios. Each work begins with blank white or black cloth, which Linda alters with dye, discharge and paint. She works with design software to develop her images for printing by digital or traditional methods. Her process is weighted to designing and preparing content and cloth before the actual stitching together. An American artist newly returned to Maryland after many years abroad, Colsh has lived in America, Asia and Europe. A lifelong artist with two degrees in Art History, she exhibits in the US and internationally. Recent career highlights were selection to show in Fiber Philadelphia’s Inside/Outside the Box exhibition, the 4th Riga International Textile & Fibre Art Triennial; her Strassen Szenen solo show in Freiburg, Germany; and invitation to exhibit in 3 Artists at Galerie Holtop, Tilburg, the Netherlands and (On)Mogelijke Ontmoetingen at Galerie InVorm, Stevoort, Belgium. She has curated, juried and judged exhibitions throughout the world, including Quilt National 2013, Quilt Nihon 2014 and Visions 2010. Her work is published and in collections worldwide, including the Collection of John M. Walsh III and Germany’s Nordwolle Textile Museum. Among the awards her artwork has won are the European Quilt Triennial first prize, Nihon Vogue’s Quilts Japan Prize at Visions 2012 and top prize of the Fabric of Legacies Exhibition in Colorado. Colsh previously, she served two terms as board member and secretary of Studio Art Quilt Associates; and, in addition to her work on several SAQA committees; she was the organization’s first Representative for the Europe/Israel region.
Maryland
Meg Cox portrait
Meg Cox portrait

New York

Meg Cox is a journalist and thought leader on quilting and traditions who lectures at guilds, shows and museums. Her popular newsletter Quilt Journalist Tells All! features news, reviews and monthly giveaways. As a Wall Street Journal staff writer for 17 years, her beats included philanthropy, publishing and the business of the arts. She has contributed articles for many national magazines, and is the author of the bestselling resource guide The Quilter’s Catalog. She is past president of the Quilt Alliance, a national nonprofit established in 1993 with a mission to document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation’s diverse peoples and their communities. Mary Fons, Illinois Mary Fons is a writer, quilter, and designer living in Chicago. In 2010, Mary created Quilty, a weekly online how-to program for beginner quilters (F+W Media) and served four years as editor and creative director of Quilty magazine. Mary is a bi-monthly columnist for Quilts, Inc., writing The Quilt Scout at Quilts.com. Mary is co-host of Love of Quilting on public television alongside her mother, Marianne Fons. Fons’s first book, Make + Love Quilts: Scrap Quilts for the 21st Century was released in June of 2014 (C&T/StashBooks) and Dear Quilty, a retrospective and pattern book from the pages of Quilty magazine, was released in 2015 (F+W Media). Mary lectures and teaches widely and is an enthusiastic spokesperson for BabyLock sewing and quilting machines. Her debut fabric line for independent quilt shops, Small Wonders launched at International Fall Quilt Market along with a Small Wonders pattern line with McCall’s for independent quilt retailers. Mary is an amateur quilt historian and enjoys learning about the history of the American quilt as much as she likes designing and making them. To read daily posts on her popular blog, PaperGirl, visit MaryFons.com. Fons is also a nationally-ranked slam poet, Neo-Futurist, and may bag the whole quilting racket and do the writing program at the SAIC next fall. We’ll see.
New York
Victoria Findlay Wolfe portrait
Victoria Findlay Wolfe portrait

New York

Victoria Findlay Wolfe is a New York City-based award winning quilter and designer. Founder of the New York City Modern Quilt Guild she also serves on the board of the International Quilt Association and Quilt Alliance. She runs several community drives through her work at BumbleBeansBASICS. Findlay Wolfe is the author of “15 Minutes of Play” and “Traditions Made Modern.” Visit her website at http://bumblebeansinc.com/.
New York
Mary Fons profile picture
Mary Fons profile picture

Illinois

Mary Fons is a writer, quilter, and designer living in Chicago. In 2010, Mary created Quilty, a weekly online how-to program for beginner quilters (F+W Media) and served four years as editor and creative director of Quilty magazine. Mary is a bi-monthly columnist for Quilts, Inc., writing The Quilt Scout at Quilts.com. Mary is co-host of Love of Quilting on public television alongside her mother, Marianne Fons. Fons’s first book, Make + Love Quilts: Scrap Quilts for the 21st Century was released in June of 2014 (C&T/StashBooks) and Dear Quilty, a retrospective and pattern book from the pages of Quilty magazine, was released in 2015 (F+W Media). Mary lectures and teaches widely and is an enthusiastic spokesperson for BabyLock sewing and quilting machines. Her debut fabric line for independent quilt shops, Small Wonders launched at International Fall Quilt Market along with a Small Wonders pattern line with McCall’s for independent quilt retailers. Mary is an amateur quilt historian and enjoys learning about the history of the American quilt as much as she likes designing and making them. To read daily posts on her popular blog, PaperGirl, visit MaryFons.com. Fons is also a nationally-ranked slam poet, Neo-Futurist, and may bag the whole quilting racket and do the writing program at the SAIC next fall. We’ll see.
Illinois
Annette Gero portrait
Annette Gero portrait

Australia

Annette Gero, one of Australia's leading quilt historians, has been documenting and collecting quilts since 1982. She has travelled throughout Australia giving lectures, curating exhibitions of Australian quilts and documenting quilts. She gained her PhD in 1982. In 1986 she was elected a fellow of the Royal Society for Arts in London in recognition of her work on Australian quilt history. She is a member of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum’s advisory board and an associate fellow; founder and patron of the Sydney Quilt Study Group; past president of the Quilt Study Group of Australia; member of the American Quilt Study Group since 1985, lecturer, the Australian Academy of Decorative Arts, and her contribution to the history of Australian quilting has been documented in the Archives of the National Library of Australia. She has lectured on quilt history in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, France and England, and exhibited quilts at the Musee De L'impression Sur Etoffes, Mulhouse France; the Musee des Traditions et Arts, Normandy, France; the International Quilt Show in Houston, Berlin Folk Art Museum in Germany and the European Quilt Symposium in Alsace, France. She has published two books “Historic Australian Quilts” and "The Fabric of Society. Australia's Quilt Heritage From Convict Times To 1960" published by The Beagle Press. She is perhaps most highly regarded for her own Australian quilt collection of quilts which has been called a National Treasure. More recently however, her collection has diversified to include woolen quilts from around the world, in particular intarsias and quilts made by soldiers . Many of these were exhibited in the first exhibition of intarsias held in the Berlin Germany in 2009 and are the basis of her new book “War Quilts and Quilts made from Military Fabrics to be published 2015.
Australia

Massachusetts

Ralph James is Executive Director of External Relations at Harvard Business School. He is responsible for development and alumni relations activities for HBS. Prior to taking the External Relations role, Ralph was the Executive Director of Executive Education at Harvard Business School. He was responsible for the management of the School’s open enrollment and custom executive education programs. James attended the College of Wooster in Ohio and received his BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1977. He received his MBA from Harvard in 1982. Over the next 15 years, he held several different positions at HBS in the areas of Executive Education, MBA admissions, major gift fundraising, finally serving as Associate Dean and Senior Executive Officer under Deans McArthur and Clark. In 1996, James left HBS to join the First Marblehead Corporation, as Chief Marketing Officer, becoming Chief Operating Officer in 1998 and President in 2000 prior to the company going public in 2003. In 2005, Ralph stepped down from his role as Vice Chairman to return to Harvard Business School. James and his wife Janice have three children: Greg, Katie and Becca.
Massachusetts
Robert James portrait
Robert James portrait

Connecticut

Robert G. James is a founder of Enterprise Asset Management, Inc. which is involved in a wide range of US and foreign investments including oil and real estate as well as equity positions in various ventures. James's career started at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was an assistant professor. He then joined the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC. In 1959 James joined Mobil Oil Company dealing with pipeline, marine, and exploration/production planning. In 1963 he became President of Mobil Marine Transportation Company which included domestic and foreign fleets and was later made Vice President of Supply, Distribution and Traffic. James served as Assistant to the Deputy Ambassador to Vietnam in 1967. He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Discussion Group on NATO defense strategy. He is a member of the Middle East and North Africa Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch. James retired from the US Naval Reserve as a Rear Admiral. His educational background includes an MBA from Harvard Business School and a doctorate from Harvard University. James and his wife Ardis were avid quilt collectors. They gave the lead donation on Quilt House, home of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, and more than 1,000 of their quilts to the museum.
Connecticut

ex-officio

Michael James works in the medium of quilted fabric constructions. His textiles have been recognized and exhibited internationally. They are included in the collections of the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City, the Racine Art Museum, the Newark Museum, the Mint Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Shelburne Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian, among others. For his work in the area of non-traditional quilts James was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree in 1992 by his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, became a Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2001, and in 2009 was honored with the University of Nebraska’s system-wide “Outstanding Research and Creative Activity” Award, given for a sustained record of excellent accomplishment in research or creative activity while at the university. Since 2002 he has focused his creative efforts on digital textile printing and its interface with the quilt as mixed media platform. His work explores the liminal and fluid borderland between the physical and metaphysical worlds. James serves as department chair and Ardis James Professor in Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. In that capacity, he works closely with the International Quilt Study Center & Museum and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of foundation design, textile design and quilt studies.
ex-officio
Jennifer Keltner portrait
Jennifer Keltner portrait

Washington

A 30-year veteran of the publishing industry, Jennifer Keltner brings to Martingale vast experience in editorial, management, and marketing. In her previous position as Crafts Group Content Chief at Meredith Corporation, Jennifer oversaw an expansive quilting and crafting media group, including magazines American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilt Sampler, and Quilts and More, websites AllPeopleQuilt.com and HowToSew.com, the annual book Quilt Lovers' Favorites, as well as calendars and special newsstand issues. Under Keltner's direction, the first-ever charitable Quilt for A Cure Quilt Block Challenge raised $100,000 for breast cancer research. With a degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Keltner began her career with the Kansas City Star where she spent a decade in advertising sales. Her interest in crafting, quilting, and sewing brought her into the world of magazine publishing. Prior to joining Meredith, she worked for two different publishers focusing on sewing and crafting titles. She joined Meredith in 2000 and spent 14 years there in a variety of editorial and managerial roles before leaving to lead Martingale in April 2014. As publisher and chief visionary officer, Keltner has led an overhaul of the publishing process at Martingale during her first 24 months. Key changes include strategic editorial planning to include key partnerships with industry leaders and authors who have a known audience; content/design improvements including more styled photography, how-to photography, and diversity in design; transition of editorial and design teams to InDesign platform; and hiring a new Director of Sales with experience in a variety of distribution channels new to Martingale. Keltner currently serves on the advisory board for the International Quilt Study Center & Museum and on the board for International Quilt Association.
Washington

India

Geeta Khandelwal’s love for fabrics started at an early age. Even as a teenager, she would sew her own clothes. This is when she learned to appreciate textures of various fabrics and to discern the colors and weight of the cloth. This led to a lifelong journey exploring and interacting with the rich world of Indian textiles. Khandelwal started quilting in the 1970s and has visited the interiors of Maharashtra to put together the rural quilts collection. Geeta Khandelwal’s book, Godharis of Maharashtra, Western India talks about godhari quilts made by village women in the Western state, each bedspread being more colourful and vibrant than the last. Khandelwal is a native, and current, resident of Mumbai, India.
India

Japan

Ryoko Kobayashi is the chief editor of Journal for Japan Handicrafts Instructors' Association Handicrafts Patchwork Issue and the team leader of quilts and other general crafts.
Japan
Leslie Levy portrait
Leslie Levy portrait

Executive Director

Leslie Levy is the Ardis and Robert James Executive Director of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. In addition to leading operations, guiding the strategic direction for the Museum, and participating on the acquisitions committee, Levy travels nationally and internationally to increase outreach and public awareness for the museum and its collection. In 1995, Levy began her legal career in private practice. From 2002-2011, she was chief of the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division in the Department of Justice. While there, she not only represented Nebraska’s interests in anti-trust suits against the pharmaceutical companies, she participated in multinational actions against some of the country’s best known companies which resulted in increased revenue recovered for Nebraska’s consumers three-fold during her tenure. It was during that time, Levy developed a newfound appreciation for the invaluable gift that Nebraska’s not-for-profit organizations are to the state. By working alongside many not-for-profits to ensure their compliance with the laws that govern Nebraska’s nonprofit and charitable organizations, she made many new friends and was asked to lead the Willa Cather Foundation as its executive director. Like the IQSCM, the Cather Foundation is another of Nebraska’s local institutions that is recognized for its global preeminence and leadership, which led to her serving as the Quilt Museum’s executive director today. A University of Nebraska-Lincoln alumna, Levy holds a Bachelor of Arts in international affairs and a Juris Doctorate from the College of Law. She is an active volunteer, giving her time and leadership skills to the Rotary Club 14; Junior League of Lincoln; the Diaconate Board - First Plymouth Church; and American Quilt Study Group.
Executive Director
Elisabeth Nacenta-de la Croix portrait
Elisabeth Nacenta-de la Croix portrait

Switzerland

Elisabeth Nacenta-de la Croix finds her inspiration in the images registered by her memory during her daily walks in parks or along the Leman’s lake, from images from TV programs or from magazines. It is not about reproducing a pattern, but it is a kind of personal and expressive language mixing sewing, embroidery, painting, collage… She focus since several years now on nature especially on the water, its movements and reflections which are always the same but every day different; the change in continuity is for her a continuous source of wonder. In her landscapes, she only uses squares and rectangles cut and settled in an intuitive way. The composition and the surface arrangement are the record of her daily mood and reflect her conscious and unconscious emotions. It is her fantasy which decides of the colors and the light which intensity and tone give life to the whole design. She mainly uses hand dyed or painted fabrics and batiks, so strong with their shapes, shades and so vivid colors; she adds details with screen printing or any other mixed media, then works on texture with threads, wool or whatever she has, and finally concentrate on the embroidery always done by machine. Born in France but living in Switzerland for many years now, she traveled to many countries for her studies or for holidays and got influenced by different atmospheres. She won the JHIA Price in 2013 as well as many others and her work is often selected for important shows; she was the coordinator in 2004 for a selection of works from the french part of Switzerland to be exhibited in Canada and in 2011 she was President of the Jury for the Carrefour Européen du Patchwork challenge "Tangled". Member of SAQA since 2001 she has been Rep for the Europe/Middle East Region and is now a member of the Exhibition Committee. Elisabeth also belongs to the Swiss Guild group PatCHquilt as well as to France Patchwork.
Switzerland

California

Deb Roberts serves as the International Advisory Board's American Quilt Study Group representative. Deb is an avid quilt enthusiast, collector, researcher and historian. As an international speaker, appraiser, judge, editor and writer, her quilt rich past spans more than four decades. Her many years of work in the industry has provided opportunities to work with noteworthy textile artists and both private and corporate collectors. With her passion for quilts and a love of travel, Deb founded World of Quilts Travel in 2004. Recognized as an international leader of quilt inspired travel, Debs goal is to allow others to experience various quilting cultures and to open doors to the global quilting community. Deb has been a long time member and has served on several committees of the American Quilt Study Group and is a member of the Textile Society of America.
California

Fellows

Fellows
Fellows

Fellows comprise the academic governing body for the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. Fellows include scholars presently holding appointments at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who are concerned with the past, the present, and the future of quiltmaking traditions worldwide and with those who have practiced the tradition. Candidates for this status must be nominated by a Fellow and must present evidence of a research, teaching, or public service commitment to the preservation of the tradition. Fellows are elected by a majority vote of the Fellows.

  • Mary Cassner, associate professor emeritus and subject specialist librarian
  • Patricia Crews, professor emeritus, Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design
  • Carolyn Ducey, curator of collections, International Quilt Study Center & Museum
  • Mary Ellen Ducey, associate professor and Special Collections/Archives librarian
  • Marin Hanson, curator of exhibitions, International Quilt Study Center & Museum Mark Hinchman, professor of Interior Design
  • Margaret Jacobs, professor of History
  • Michael James, chairman and Ardis James professor, Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design
  • Jeannette Jones, associate professor of History
  • Wendy Katz, associate professor, Art and Art History
  • Kari Ronning, Research Associate Professor, English
  • Matthew Sontheimer, assistant professor of Art (Painting)
  • Alison Stewart, professor, Art and Art History
  • Barbara Trout, professor emeritus, Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design
  • Diane Vigna, extension specialist emeritus, Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design
  • Wendy Weiss, professor emeritus, Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design
  • Kenneth Winkle, professor, History
  • Susan Wunder, associate professor, Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education

Associate Fellows

Associate Fellows
Associate Fellows

Associate Fellows include persons not presently holding regular appointments at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who have a professional interest in the purposes and program of the Center. Associate Fellows are invited to attend all special programs and exhibitions sponsored by the Center, but are not expected to attend an annual meeting.

Associate Fellows may serve as internship supervisors for students and may serve as adjunct members of a graduate student's reading committee. Associate fellows must be nominated by a Fellow. The nominator must present evidence of a research, teaching or public service commitment to the mission of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. Associate Fellows are elected by a majority vote of the Fellows, but do not have voting privileges.

  • Katherine J. Adams, quilt curator, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin
  • Jacqueline Atkins, chief curator, Allentown Art Museum
  • Lynne Z. Bassett, independent curator and author, Ware, Massachusetts
  • Linda Baumgarten, retired curator of costume and textiles, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
  • Nancy Bavor, curator of collections - San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
  • Kathryn Berenson, author, Paris, France
  • Janet Berlo, professor of art history, University of Rochester
  • Barbara Brackman, independent curator, author and scholar, Lawrence, Kansas
  • Linda Arthur Bradley, professor, Washington State University
  • Glen Brown, professor of art history, Kansas State University
  • Pauline Burbidge, artist, Allanbank Mill Steading
  • Dorothy Caldwell, artist, Hastings, Ontario
  • Denise Campbell, associate vice president for student affairs, ethnic studies faculty, Cal Poly State University
  • Xenia Cord, independent scholar, Kokomo, Indiana
  • Geraldine Craig, associate professor of art, Kansas State University
  • Raymond Dobard, professor of art, Howard College
  • Linda Eaton, director of collections and senior curator of textiles, Winterthur Museum and Country Estate
  • Judy Elsley, professor of English, Weber State University
  • Sandi Fox, independent curator/author/scholar, Los Angeles
  • Annette Gero, associate professor, University of New South Wales
  • Laurann Gilbertson, textile curator, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum
  • Jennifer Goldsborough, museum curator and adjunct professor, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and The New School for Design
  • Beverly Gordon, professor emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Virginia Gunn, professor, University of Akron, Ohio
  • Colleen Hall-Patton, lecturer, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  • Marilyn Henrion, artist, New York City
  • Bernard Herman, George B. Tindall professor of American studies, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Jonathan Holstein, author/independent curator, Cazenovia, New York
  • Laurel Horton, folklorist/independent curator/author/consultant, Seneca, South Carolina
  • Mary Anne Jordan, professor, University of Kansas Lawrence
  • Stacy Kamehiro, assistant professor, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Lisa Kriner, associate professor of art, Berea College
  • Bridget Long, visiting research fellow in history at the University of Hertfordshire
  • Marsha MacDowell, curator of folk arts, Michigan State University Museum
  • Terrie Hancock Mangat, artist, Valdez, New Mexico
  • Susan Marks, independent scholar, England
  • Carolyn Mazloomi, artist/author, West Chester, Ohio
  • Ronald Naugle, professor emeritus of history, Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • Aimee Newell, director of collections,Scottish Rite Masonic Museum
  • Alden O’Brien, curator of costume, textiles and toys - DAR Museum
  • Thereza Oleinick, associate professor of theatre, Auburn University
  • Ellen Oppenheimer, artist, Oakland, California
  • Margaret Ordonez, professor, University of Rhode Island
  • Dorothy Osler, independent scholar and author, Northumberland, England
  • Rachel Pannabecker, director, Kauffman Museum, Bethel College,
  • Cynthia Prescott, assistant professor of history, University of North Dakota
  • Sue Prichard, curator of decorative arts, Royal Museums Greenwich
  • Jane Przybysz, director, McKissick Museum of Art
  • Clare Rose, lecturer, Royal School of Needlework
  • Joy Saville, artist, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Judy Schwender, retired curator of collections, National Quilt Museum
  • Marilyn Serraino, associate professor of humanities, College of Mount Saint Joseph
  • Lynn Setterington, artist and senior lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Robert Shaw, independent scholar/author, Shelburne, Vermont
  • Sandra Sider, consulting curator, Texas Quilt Museum
  • Janneken Smucker, assistant professor of History, West Chester University, PA
  • Marybeth Stalp, department head/ professor of Sociology, University of Northern Iowa
  • Patricia Stoddard, independent scholar, author, Provo, UT
  • Maude Wahlman, Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Merikay Waldvogel, Independent curator, author, lecturer, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Janice Wass, Curator (Retired), Illinois State Museum
  • Linda Welters, Professor of Textile and Costume History, University of Rhode Island
  • Jenny Yearous, Curator of Collections, North Dakota State Historical Society
  • Shelly Zegart, Author, collector, founding director of the Alliance for American Quilts