Texas Art Quilts and Modern Masterpieces

feat quilts Gaillardia
After the bluebonnets fade, fields of Gaillardia or Fire Wheel seem to set the fields ablaze. This quilt is something of a tour-de-force in that while it appears to be partly appliqued, piecing was the only technique used for the composition.
© Carol Morrissey, Gaillardia, 1999, 50 x 70 in.

Texas Art Quilts and Modern Masterpieces

Institute of Texan Cultures puts classic and contemporary artisanship on display

 
SAN ANTONIO – For generations, quilts have brought warmth and comfort to Texans. From a matter of necessity to treasured family heirloom, to modern work of art, quilting traditions run strong in Texas.
 
From Sept. 5 through Jan. 11, the Institute of Texan Cultures will present "Texas Art Quilts and Modern Masterpieces," two traveling exhibits from the Texas Quilt Museum, featuring more than 40 contemporary, artistic quilts.
 
"Modern Masterpieces by Texas Quilters, 1989-2010" showcases 20 works by Texas quilters, completed between 1989 and 2010. These talented makers present a variety of themes, including gardens, fishing, and heavenly stars. With bold new interpretations of old favorites, the quilters in this exhibition have pushed the boundaries of Texas quilt making
 
"Texas Art Quilts, 1993-2011" presents 26 works by Texas artists, completed between 1993 and 2011. Embracing both abstract and representational modes, these makers celebrate a variety of themes, including science, fantasy, political causes, and natural beauty. Employing color and pattern in painterly fashion, the artists in this exhibition demonstrate that contemporary quilt art in the Lone Star state represents a vital aspect of visual culture.
 
"Texas quilts embody the spirit of enterprise and innovation of pioneer women in the Lone Star State," said exhibit curator Sandra Sider, curator for the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange. Sider is scheduled to visit the ITC on Oct. 3 for a presentation. From 7 to 8:30 p.m., she will discuss the process of evaluation and selection of quilts for the exhibit, as well as tips and tricks for beginner and long-time quilters alike.
 
"Contemporary quilts interpret that rich legacy for today’s world, with superb artistry and imaginative compositions," said Sider.
 
This project is funded in part by a grant from the Quilters Guild of Dallas, Helena Hibbs Endowment Fund.
 
The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults (ages 12-64); $7 for seniors (ages 65+); $6 for children (ages 3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit TexanCultures.com.
 
 
 

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