First Friday with Mark Dunn and the LPS Arts & Humanities Focus Program

LPS Arts & Humanities students view a quilted coffin cover during the 2017 pop-up exhibit "The Haunting of Quilt House."

First Friday with Mark Dunn and the LPS Arts & Humanities Focus Program

Friday, September 7, 2018

Visit the International Quilt Study Center & Museum for First Friday on September 7. Enjoy free admission to the galleries and light refreshments from 4-7 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m. Mark Dunn will present "Quilts and Their Stories," held in conjunction with an exhibition of selected quilts from his collection opening the same day. Dunn is the president and owner of Moda Fabrics. He 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. Dunn has become an avid collector of antique and art quilts, and his eclectic collecting habits provide him with a way to invest in today's artists and quiltmakers. Dunn is committed to preserving the heritage and future of the textile industry.

The museum will also celebrate an exhibition of works created by Lincoln Public Schools Arts & Humanities Focus Program students. Inspired by their October 2018 visit to the International Quilt Study Center & Museum—and especially by “The Haunting of Quilt House,” a Halloween pop-up exhibit—students from Arts and Humanities went on to create a “quilt” made from individual paper collages. The project was so successful that A&H teachers and IQSCM staff facilitated several additional workshops in which students created paper and fabric quilt blocks on the themes of “Valentines Day/Love” and “Spring.”