The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts (WMQFA) is proudly exhibiting Quilt National ’15 from May 4 to July 9, 2017. Produced and circulated by The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, Quilt National was started in 1979 to demonstrate the transformations taking place in the world of quilting, far beyond its traditional parameters, and to promote quilt making as what it always has been — an art form. The exhibit consists of 25 quilts by quilt makers from all over the world.
Additionally, WMQFA will hold a Family Fun Day during the Quilt National ’15 opening weekend on Sunday, May 7 from noon to 4:00 pm with FREE admission to the public.
Quilt National is a biennial juried competition dedicated to the promotion of the contemporary art quilt. The works in the exhibit display a reverence for the lessons taught by the makers of heritage quilts whose works hold fast to the traditional methods of piecing and patching. At the same time, however, the Quilt National artist is intrigued by the challenge of expanding the boundaries of traditional quilt making by utilizing the newest materials and technologies. These innovative works generate strong emotional responses in the viewer while at the same time fulfilling the creative need of the artist make a totally individual statement. The Dairy Barn Arts Center has developed an international reputation for excellence with Quilt National attracting more than 100,000 visitors to Ohio from around the world.
“Quilt National ’15 has been making its way around the globe and we are very excited to be one of the museum stops,” commented Alessandra Piano, exhibit curator. “This exhibition recognizes the best of contemporary quilting and provides insight into the artists’ inspiration and work involved in making these artistic quilts.”
The Family Fun Day on Sunday, May 7 will have activities for all ages including a scavenger hunt, raffle, games, curator tours, crafts, fiber art activities, demos and a Community Art Project. Thanks to a grant from the Kohler Foundation, the public is invited to participate for free! The WMQFA is thankful to The Maihaugen Foundation for their generous support in bringing Quilt National ‘15 to the museum.