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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)

Tour Schedule:
April 28 - June 23, 2002
H. Wayne Stark Gallery
Texas A & M University
College Station, TX
July 14 - September 1, 2002
Indianapolis Art Center
820 East 67th St
Indianapolis, IN
September 22 - November 10, 2002
Butler Institute of American Art
524 Wick Avenue
Youngstown, OH
December 1 - January 19, 2003
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum
165 North Park Avenue
Neenah, WI
February 9 - March 30, 2003
Opelousas Museum of Art
106 North Union St
Opelousas, LA
September 7 - October 26, 2003
Stauth Memorial Museum
Montezuma, KS
November 16 - January 4, 2004
Lafayette Natural History Museum
637 Girard Park Drive
Lafayette, LA 70503
January 25 - March 14, 2004
Muscatine Art Center
1314 Mulberrty Ave
Muscatine, IA
April 10 - May 23, 2004
Springfield Museum of Art
107 Cliff Park Rd
Springfield, OH

Expanding Boundaries was organized by the Art Quilt Network.

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