First Friday at the Quilt Museum

First Friday at the Quilt Museum

October 29, 2018

First Friday at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum will feature the grand opening of a new exhibition as well as a pop-exhibit curated by Lincoln Public Schools students.

“Discovering the Collection: A 20-Year Journey” celebrates Curator of Collections Carolyn Ducey’s 20th anniversary with the study center and museum. In the exhibition, she has presented some of her favorite quilts in the collection as well as her recollections developing the museum and its world- renowned collection. As part of the First Friday programming, Ducey will give an opening introduction to the exhibition at 5:30 p.m. followed by a brief tour in the gallery. 

“Quilts have taken me around the world—to artists’ studios and museums, to beautiful homes and incredible experiences,” Ducey said. “Quilts have led me to friendships I value and to people who have inspired me both in my career and my personal life.”

“Discovering the Collection” is on display in the museum’s Lois Gottsch Gallery Nov. 2-March 3. 

In addition, the museum will display “Power, Passion, and Politics,” a pop-up exhibit guest curated by Politics and Government students from Lincoln Public School’s Arts and Humanities Focus Program.

Each member of the Politics and Government class, taught by John Clark, selected a politically- or socially-themed quilt from the permanent collection of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. Students were able to engage with the quilts in person before writing their labels. Each student composed text contextualizing and explaining the importance of the quilt they selected.

While only some of the students are able to vote, they each had something to say, much like the makers of their quilts.

“Power, Passion, and Politics” will appear Nov. 2-4 only in the Dillow Conservation Work Room.

First Friday runs from 4-7 p.m. at the museum, located at 1523 N. 33rd St. Admission is free. For more information about these and other programs and exhibitions at the museum, visit