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Chicago - Special Exhibits
The 1876 Centennial Quilt Project
Organized by Anne Dawson and Karen B. Alexander
After discovering an extraordinary quilt from Connecticut in an online quilt history group and securing permission from its owner, a quilt group from Northwestern Washington began the journey of patterning. The 1876 Centennial Quilt. Set in a unique Medallion-style arrangement, this quilt contains over 70 different patterns.
A Celebration of color
Whatever your style…quilt colorfully! This annual judged competition is open to quilters working in any style, and who like to play with color to create a vibrant work! A $1,000 Best of Show Award and three $500 prizes each in Traditional, Modern, and Art categories will be awarded. This exhibit is making its Festival debut in Chicago.
A Colorful Friendship
Frieda Anderson and Laura Wasilowski have been dyeing buddies for a long time. Although they maintain separate dye studios, they do share bolts of prepared-for-dyeing fabric, and an undying love of color. This exhibit features fabrics dyed specifically for their own art work.
The Best of Dinner at Eight Artists:
Celebrating Ten Years of Exhibits
The quilts in this exhibit represent the culmination of 10 years of work from the Dinner at Eight Artists. Each of the group’s exhibits over the last 10 years have challenged its quilt artists to create dynamic works based on a variety of ideas and themes. See the best of those works here.
eQuilter’s Love Your Mother Quilt
Curated by Luana Rubin
Mother Earth…she provides our home, our sustenance, our every need…but we are taking her for granted. This quilt challenge and exhibit are a collective effort to raise awareness and inspire others to “love Mother Earth.” It started with a digital-printed fabric panel with the Earth (Americas, Australia, or Africa) and a rainbow Mandala.
Impressions Challenge by PAQA
Coordinated by Vicki Alsene and Joan Bratton
The Professional Art Quilt Alliance a regional fiber arts group who show original art work, encourages new artist in the field, develops professional artists. The 2019 challenge is to interpret IMPRESSIONS in an art quilt. Definitions include: Feelings or ideas about something or someone, effects produced upon the mind, body, or senses by some external stimulus or agent, and impressionistic portrayal of an object or concept.
In the American Tradition
This exhibit features recently-made quilts of traditional blocks, styles, and techniques as their design source. Contemporary quilt makers often look to the art form’s rich tradition for inspiration in their own works. We have had both Pieced and Appliquéd exhibits.
In Full Bloom
Just as quilters create beautiful pieces of art with fabric, florists and gardeners cultivate works of beauty from the soil. The International Quilt Festival will showcase floral quilts from across the spectrum in color and splendor in the special exhibit.
The International Miniature Quilt
Curated by Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson
This exchange paired quilters from the U.S. with international quilters for the purpose of showing that quilters the world over have common goals, interests, joys, and trials, and that quilting brings people together. Each pair could create a theme for their exchange or simply make miniature quilts without any specific parameters. Pairs were also given the opportunity to submit their quilts for consideration for this exhibit.
Life Stories Told Through My Quilts
In recent years, traditional quiltmaker Barbara Ann McCraw began to look inward at the places and times in her life. There were memories, experiences, and images that she wanted to depict, utilizing the African colors and patterns of her heritage. This exhibit features works – many in the Baltimore Album style – that each have their own story and are related to McCraw’s own life.
OURstory: Human Rights Stories in Fabric
Curated by Susanne Miller Jones
In 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which delineated the rights to which all humans in all countries should be entitled. This collection of 42 art quilts was created by artists from six different countries and celebrates the heroes who fought for rights long denied to various groups of people and the events that drew the attention of news media and the public.
Our Younger Brothers
Artist Milla Malchow’s quilts are inspired by photographs, but created with her own vision, style, and technique. She especially enjoys creating works based on photos of animals. And though the quilts in this exhibit look painted, all of them were made with just fabric and thread.
Patches of Blue
Discover the classic combination of blue and white in a collection of breathtaking quilts that's sure to capture your imagination. Acclaimed author and designer Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts shares her signature style in exquisite shades of blue and white.
From hand-pieced to machine made, the simple and unassuming designs of primitive quilts lend themselves to all techniques of quiltmaking. This exhibit includes recently made quilts created in the primitive style.
Quilts: A World of Beauty
Presented by the International Quilt Association
See winners and finalists from the 2018 annual judged show of members of the International Quilt Association. More than $96,000 (?) in cash, non-purchase prizes were awarded in 20+ categories. This is where artists from around the world send in their best work to compete.
SAQA: Dusk to Dawn
When the sun dips below the horizon, the world changes. The trees are lit by the silvery light of the moon, and warm lamps glow in a child's room as they listen to a bedtime story. Sleep can bring beautiful and powerful dreams, but also night terrors. Artists in this exhibit created works that interpret what the night means to them.
It’s been said that one of the few constants in the universe is change. A metamorphosis can generate transformations in shape, nature, or structure—and all at once or in stages. Changes can be positive, negative, frightening, or enlightening, and they can be physical or philosophical. In this exhibit, artists interpret the theme of “change” in works ranging from the representational to the abstract.
Still Lifes indigo:
Exploring the Wabi-Sabi Spirit
This exhibit features printed and stitched textiles by Barbara J. Schneider that interpret traditional still life paintings. The works are imbued with the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi, or finding beauty in the imperfections of life and accepting the cycle of growth, age, and decay. Keeping with the theme, they were made with Japanese boro fabrics (old, patched indigo fabrics stitched together multiple times). Their utilitarian nature are also explorations of texture, color, and form.
Traditional Midwest and Canadian Quilts
This exhibit features traditional-style quilts by artists from the Midwest states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and the provinces of Manitoba and Ontario in Canada. This exhibit makes its Festival debut in Chicago.
Viewpoints 9: Living Planet
Curated by Martha Wolfe
This exhibit explores our “Living Planet,” the common space we all share but each of us experiences in a uniquely personal way. The works here interpret universal phenomena through the lens of our lives and surroundings. The inspired subjects range from weather, energy, and the sun and wind to the threat of nuclear war.
Still Life: Two Saki Cups and Boro, Variation 1 (20” x 16”) by Barbara Schneider. From the exibit “Still Lifes in Indigo: Exploring the Wabi-Sabi Spirit.”
Christmas In July (70” x 68”) by Brooke Winters. From the exhibit “Traditional Midwest and Canadian Quilts.”
Graffiti #2 (30” x 49”) by Sue Bleiweiss. From the exhibit “Quilts: A World of Beauty.”
Orange Bird (61” x 61”) by Paula Wexler. From the exhibit “Primitive Quilts.”
Impressions: Sunset (36” x 36”) by Kathleen Hughes. From the exhibit “Impressions Challenge by PAQA.”
Hips and Sepals (59” x 45”) by Carol Morrissey. From the exhibit “A Celebration of Color.”
Tools of the Trade: Brush (44” x 49”) by Lauria Wasilowski. From the exhibit “A Colorful Friendship.”
Harriet Tubman, Conductor of the Underground Railroad (25” x 40”) by Betty Hahn. From the exhibit “OURstory: Human Rights Stories in Fabric.”
We Are All One (41.5” x 38.25”) by Elizabeth Budd. From the exhibit “eQuilter’s Love Your Mother Challenge.” Sponsored by eQuilter.com
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