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Expanding Boundaries from the Art Quilt Network
The Muscatine Art Center is proud to present Expanding Boundaries, scheduled to open January 25, and run through March 14, 2004.
When quilts were lifted from the bed and assigned to the
wall, a new era in quilt making began. Formal elements of composition and
design became central to its construction when, like a painting, the quilt
could finally be viewed in its entirety. Size and shape were no longer determined
by the quilt's function as a bedcover. Small quilts became increasingly
common. Embellishment that would have been impractical on a bedcover was
now widely used. Mixed media quilts incorporated wood, plastic, and metal
as integral parts of their overall design.(right: Vita Marie Lovett,
Primitive Door Series - XI Appalachian Barn)
In 1986 Nancy Crow founded the Art Quilt Network. As she traveled throughout the United States teaching and lecturing, she encountered other quilt makers who were caught up in the excitement of the budding new art quilt movement. From this small group of artists, the Art Quilt Network has grown to sixty highly creative members who meet twice a year in Columbus, Ohio for a three-day retreat. The purpose of these gatherings is to provide a supportive environment where new artwork, ideas, and information are shared. In this atmosphere each artist's personal vision is affirmed thus contributing to a wide range of styles and subject matter. Originality is prized. No one style is dominant. Thirty-eight selected artists, members of the Art Quilt Network, have had one recent creation included in Expanding Boundaries.
Art quilts have evolved in a very short time, from traditional decorative bed covers into wall hangings which deal with the same issues, themes, and design problems encountered by artists in other media. Each quilt in Expanding Boundaries reflects the personal vision of its maker and attests to the high standards and diversity of work, which can grow out of a group that nurtures and supports its members. (left: Ellen Guerrant , Hold on My Heart Throw Me a Lifeline)
Expanding Boundaries was organized as a sequel to its highly successful predecessor Crossing Boundaries, which has traveled throughout the United States since 1997. This exhibition includes fresh new work by the same Art Quilt Network artists featured in Crossing Boundaries as well as the work of the group's newer members. It reflects the ever-expanding boundaries of the Art Quilt Movement as it moves between art and craft, technique and content.
The showing in Muscatine is part of a multi-city national tour over a two year period, developed and managed by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, an exhibition tour development company in Kansas City, Missouri. (right: Rebekka Seigel, Beauty Bomb)
Expanding Boundaries was organized by the Art Quilt Network.
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