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Meet Your Representative Kate Lenkowsky

Kate Lenkowsky

Indiana Regional Representative

Textile art is my second career.  After years of professional practice in social work and the rearing of two sons, I was able to explore a lifelong interest in contemporary art and textiles.  I made my first quilt in the 1990s and in 2004 began research on a book aimed at furthering my understanding of the relationship between these two fields.  Equally important was the provision of comprehensive and reliable information to potential collectors.  Contemporary Quilt Art: An Introduction and Guide was published by Indiana University Press in 2008.

Early quilts received awards at the Indiana State Fair.  For Everything There Is a Season (1999) hangs at Congregation Shaarey Tefilla in Carmel, Indiana.  A Call to Service (2003) honors the work of volunteers in America and is exhibited at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the Corporation for National and Community Service. 

Since 2008, I have I lectured at The Textile Museum in Washington, DC, the Art Department at Baylor University, and the Art History Department at Indiana University.   In 2010, I was an adjunct lecturer at in the Textile Area of Studio Arts at IU.  My writing continues in the form of occasional articles published by Surface Design Journal and exhibit reviews.  I served as a juror for Form not Function in New Albany, IN in 2011 and for Quilt Visions 2012 in San Diego, CA.

For the last three years, my primary interest has been in learning more about global textile traditions and in finding ways of using my discoveries to create work that is both true to the character of cloth and personally expressive. 


Studio Art Quilt Associates
Surface Design Association
Fiber Art Study Group, Washington, D.C. 
Textile Society of America
Charm Club
Art Quilt Bee, Bloomington, IN

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