Today we find ourselves living in a society in which gun violence feels commonplace. Yet an enormous divide exists between people who cherish their heritage of gun ownership and others who are concerned about the rising tide of gun violence.
Artists have been a catalyst for difficult societal conversations throughout history. Guns: Loaded Conversations seeks to engage viewers of differing opinions to listen to each other and to encourage community initiatives that may inspire action in seeking solutions.
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, California: April 22, 2018 - July 15, 2018
New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, Massachusetts: January 15, 2019 - April 27, 2019
University Art Gallery, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan: January 15 - February 8, 2020
Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England, UK: July 30, 2020 – August 2, 2020 * cancelled
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.