Regina Benson’s installation artwork

by Carolyn Lee Vehslage The lack of installation of art quilts is disturbing because that means our genre is not keeping current with other mediums in the art world. If you go to the galleries in many of the major art cities around the world, such as New York City…

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Suggestions for Collectors

(Adapted from Contemporary Quilt Art: An Introduction and Guide by Kate Lenkowsky, Indiana University Press, 2008) How can a buyer, particularly one who is not familiar with textile art, be sure a contemporary quilt is worth the price? Will it continue to be of interest in the months to come? …

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A History of the Art Quilt

Excerpted from the book The Art Quilt by Robert Shaw The art quilt grew out of the great quilt revival that began in the 1960s and continues undiminished to the present day. Interest in handcrafts of all kinds was a strong element of the youth rebellion of the 1960s, as…

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Craft vs. Art

By Mary Sullivan Holdgrafer This article has arisen from the Alberta Craft Council exhibition, Craft vs. Art: The Great Debate. The exhibition consisted of work and writings by Alberta Craft Council members. It was on display throughout August, 2002 in the Alberta Craft Gallery. (Photo right: Mary and Gary Holdgrafer.)…

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Top 100 Collectors

reprinted from Art & Antiques, March 2006 I get more credit than I deserve,” a vows John M. Walsh  modestly, declaring that he has been trained, guided and  advised by Penny McMorris, a quilt curator,  judge and expert.  With this expanding collection, Walsh’s goal is to document the best of…

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John M. Walsh III: Passionate Patron of the Art Quilt

by Robert Shaw originally published in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, January-February 2006 “My quilts have taken over my house,” says New Jersey art quilt collector John M. Walsh III. “I display four or five quilts at my home and another five at my office and rotate them at least once a…

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Opinion: A Collector’s View

by John M. Walsh, III, SAQA member, Art Quilt Collector reprinted from the SAQA Journal, Vol. 15, No. 1, Winter/Spring 2005 Recently, I have been asked to talk to a number of groups about art quilts and being a collector. Although talking about quilts is something I enjoy, when we…

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Frequently Asked Questions: Two Collectors Respond

By Warren and Nancy Brakensiek reprinted from the SAQA Journal, Vol. 11, No. 4, Fall 2001 For the past thirteen years we have been collecting contemporary art quilts. Our collection includes 120 pieces with two core focuses. The first group are quilts by Pacific Northwest artists. The second, the “Full…

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