Guns: Loaded Conversations

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An enormous divide exists between people who cherish their heritage of gun ownership and others who are concerned that guns contribute to the rising tide of gun violence. The pieces selected for this exhibition will spark conversations relating to this important societal issue.

Artists were encouraged to explore the heritage and current cultural norms reflected in gun ownership; to consider how their personal experience with guns may influence their opinions; to find ways to engage those of differing opinions to listen to each other in a thoughtful manner; and to investigate and encourage community initiatives that may inspire action in seeking solutions. Call for Entry details »


Juror: Vicky A. Clark

Dr. Vicky A Clark, an independent curator and writer, has a particular interest in fiber art. She has assisted with Fiberart International exhibitions in cooperation with the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, and has been a visiting curator and lecturer in the Textile Department at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Clark, a professor of art history at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, West Virginia University, and Clarion University, focuses on contemporary art issues. At the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in 2016, Clark traveled to Pakistan as a visiting scholar where she lectured at five universities and met with area artists and curators. Her next project will be co-curating the upcoming Islamabad Biennial.



San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, California: April 22, 2018 - July 15, 2018

Opening reception on Sunday, April 22, 2018.



Please contact us with any inquiries about this exhibition or artwork.

Selected Artists and Titles

Margaret Abramshe (Utah, USA) - Everyday
B. J. Adams  (Washington, DC, USA) - Outline on Asphalt
Karen M. Balos (California, USA) - March-on Trayvon
Alice M. Beasley (California, USA) - Remembering Trayvon
Charlotte Bird (California, USA) - Dulce et Decorum Est
Diane K. Bird (Ohio, USA) - 137 Bullets
Sharon V. Buck (Florida, USA) - Tribute to Selena and Other Victims of Gun Violence
Kelly Burke (New Jersey, USA) - Quilted Reimagined American Flag Series III: Don't Lives Matter?
Gloria S. Daly (British Columbia, Canada) - Reclaim Reload Rejoice The Perfect Game 2 atlow 8
Cathy DeForest (Oregon, USA) - Using the Power of Art to Prevent Gun Violence
Alisa Golden (California, USA) - Hand Gun
Brooks Harris-Stevens (Michigan, USA) - Mending Gold: When Will it be Enough?
Lisa Jenni (Washington , USA) - Fifty Eight
Jill Kerttula (Virginia, USA) - American Opportunity
Sheryl LeBlanc (Oregon, US) - Ma & Pa Get Radicalized in Oregon
Nancy Lemke (California, USA) - The New American Crucifix
Susan Lenz (South Carolina, USA) - Ready, Aim, Fire!
Michele Makinen (Illinois, USA) - America's Heartland
Elizabeth Michellod-Dutheil (Valais, Switzerland) - The Madness of Men - La FOLIE des HOMMES
Joan M. Nicholson (Kansas, USA) - Empty Chairs at Dinner Tables
Claire Passmore (Devon, United Kingdom) - Where Do You Keep Yours?
Kathryn Pellman (California, USA) - End Gun Violence
Shawn Quinlan (Pennsylvania, USA) -  This is Not the Time to Talk About Gun Control
Martha E. Ressler (Pennsylvania, USA) - Body Count
Pamela J. Rocco (California, USA) - Without Gun Control
Sara Rockinger (Colorado, USA) - Hairline Trigger: P is for Play
Lee Fowler Schwimmer (California, USA) - Unraveling the Second: An Existential Conversation
Jill Sheehan (Virginia, USA) - America's Religion
Carolyn I. Skei (Texas, USA) - Particularly American Horror
Jennifer Solon (Ohio, USA) - Every Other Day ...
Jean M. Sredl (Wisconsin, USA) - Suffer The Little Children
Mary Vaneecke (Arizona, USA) - (White) Silence is Violence
Sabrina Zarco (New Mexico, USA) - One Pulse