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September 22, 2012

Quilt National debuts at the Dishman

Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader

BEAUMONT —  

For more than 30 years, the biennial Quilt National exhibition has showcased the best and most exciting contemporary art quilts being created around the world. Selections from the 2011 Quilt National show will grace the walls of the Dishman Art Museum on the campus of Lamar University Sept. 24 through Nov. 16.

Quilt National premiered in 1979 at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, in order to promote quiltmaking as an art form and to call attention to the transformations taking place in the world of quilting. The quilts in this exhibit hold true to the traditional methods of piecing and stitching, and utilize the standard three quilt layers of top, batting and backing, while incorporating new materials, techniques and technologies. Abstraction, variations of geometric design, and nature are among prominent themes.

The quilts selected for Quilt National had never been exhibited or published before their premiere showing at the Dairy Barn May 28 through Sept. 5, 2011. The Dishman Art Museum will be the only Texas venue to feature Quilt National ’11.

“These quilts range in size from small to quite large and showcase how quiltmaking is a vibrant art form today,” said Megan Young, director of the Dishman. “Contemporary crafting is really taking center stage in today’s art world, and we see craft being thought of as fine art. These are not your grandmother’s quilts.”

Quilt National comes to the Dishman as part of an interdisciplinary view into the world of quilting, presented by the College of Fine Arts and Communication and funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

In addition to the quilt show, the Department of Theatre and Dance will collaborate with the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music to present the musical “Quilters,” Oct. 11 through Oct. 14. Regional and national quilt artists will present a variety of workshops during the run of the exhibition.

Leanne Rimel, a quilt artist whose works are featured in the show, will give a public talk at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, to discuss how she integrates digital media into contemporary quiltmaking. She created her Quilt National entry, “Venetian Stone 2,” by printing a photograph taken in a cemetery in Venice onto fabric using a wide format ink jet printer. The image was then pieced, layered and hand-stitched across the entire surface.

Textile conservator Melanie Sanford will give a guest talk at the Dishman at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 12, on the care of heritage quilts. This talk is sponsored by the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum.

The Dishman will also host a hands-on quilt workshop at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17. The three-hour workshop will allow participants to try their hand at quilting and to learn about a variety of different quilting styles. The Blockheads bee of the Golden Triangle Quilt Guild will conduct this workshop.

Visit lamar.edu/cofac for more information on these events, and to learn about other workshops as they are scheduled.

Light refreshments will be served at the Quilt National opening reception from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28. Admission to the reception and the exhibition is free.

The Dishman Art Museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is located at 1030 E. Lavaca, Beaumont, Texas. Free museum-dedicated parking is available in front of the Dishman during museum hours. Call 409-880-8959 or e-mail dishmanart@lamar.edu for more information, or visit lamar.edu/dishman.