Get closer to nature and become better stewards for OUR environment!
Connecting Our Natural Worlds showcases artwork that beautifully illustrates the natural wonder of habitats around the globe. Through their own unique artistic interpretation, each artist has identified danger to flora and fauna in their own backyards and recommended a call to action that can be taken to help save the species. The selected pieces will inspire viewers to get closer to nature and become better stewards for our environment.
Exhibition Videos available!
This virtual tour of the Connecting our Natural Worlds exhibition at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum showcases the details, stitchwork, and textures contained in these beautiful works of art. Participating artists also explain the stories behind their work, and the processes and techniques used to create it.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - Tucson, Arizona: October 5, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Quilt Festival - Long Beach, California: July 9 – 11, 2020 - cancelled
Brigham City Museum of Art & History - Brigham City, Utah: June 26 - September 18, 2021
Original Quilt and Sewing Expo:
Atlanta - Duluth, Georgia, March 10, 11 & 12, 2022
Lakeland, Florida, March 17, 18 & 19, 2022
Cleveland - Akron, Ohio, April 7, 8 & 9, 2022
Dallas - Irving, Texas, August 18, 19 & 20, 2022
Fredericksburg, Virginia, Sept. 29, 30 & Oct. 1, 2022
Cincinnati - Sharonville Ohio, Oct. 13, 14 & 15, 2022
Nashville - Lebanon, Tennessee, Oct. 20, 21 & 22, 2022
Detroit - Novi, Michigan, Nov. 10, 11 & 12, 2022
Holly Swangstu is the former Director and Curator of the Art Institute and Ironwood Gallery at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. She holds her BFA degree from Kansas City Art Institute and was an active arts administrator, visual art instructor, and consultant in Kansas City for over 16 years. Before moving to Tucson in 2011, Holly served as Director and Curator of the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City, the largest contemporary art space in the area.