Contemporary Quilt Art

Contemporary Quilt Art

An Introduction and Guide
Kathleen Lenkowsky
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 04/23/2008
Format: Hardback 5 figures, 142 color photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-35124-1
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Foreword Magazine Book of the Year, Gold Medal, Art

In the 1970s young artists "discovered" quilts and began experimenting with contemporary styles. Today quilt art is a staple of art exhibits nationwide. This handsomely illustrated introduction provides a useful guide to the contemporary art of quilting for quilters and collectors alike. The book illustrates the various styles of quilt art, introduces both established and emerging artists, and discusses aspects of their art as well as the process of quilt making. The reader will learn where to find the work of the best artists, and how to work directly with them when commissioning a quilt. Kate Lenkowsky gives an overview of exhibition and marketing opportunities and lists art quilt organizations at the national, regional, and local levels. Collectors will find a guide to resources on the conservation of textiles and options for displaying quilts in the home and elsewhere. A wonderful gift for anyone interested in viewing and collecting contemporary American art quilts.

Author Bio

Kate Lenkowsky has been quilting for more than a dozen years. Her "Call to Service," a large narrative quilt depicting volunteers serving their communities, hangs in the entryway of the Corporation for National and Community Service at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Bloomington (Indiana) Quilters' Guild, the Studio Art Quilt Associates, the Alliance for American Quilts, and the Fiber Art Study Group in Washington, D.C.


“A visually dazzling presentation and comprehensive discussion of contemporary work in a medium with a long history . . . Most important is the book's much-needed chronicle and analysis of the work of a range of innovative makers. ”
 — Janet Koplos, Senior Editor, Art in America magazine

“This beautifully illustrated book combines a well-researched history of studio quilts in the context of fine art and studio craft and includes an overview of educational resources and the marketplace. There are suggestions for buyers and collectors about what to look for, working with art consultants, and commissioning work. Advice about appraisals, insurance coverage, and the care of quilt art rounds out this guide.”

“Like other crafts that have become highly collectible, art quilts are making the transition from being viewed solely as functional objects to being seen as the fine art pieces they are. A very important book for quilters and collectors alike.”
 — Martha Sielman, Executive Director, Studio Quilt Art Associates

“An enormously useful and instructive book for devotees as well as potential collectors of art quilts. I highly recommend this much needed publication.”
 — Ursula Ilse-Neuman, Curator, Museum of Arts & Design, New York

“Lenkowsky's well-researched and highly readable text accompanies a photographic gallery of art quilts by some of America's most respected makers. [A] visual feast.”
 — Lloyd E. Herman, founding director, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

“Contemporary Quilt Art is a big, erudite, and beautifully produced book in the style done so well by university presses. . . . [T]his book is a must for any private or guild quilt library.September 3, 2008”
 — Quilt Channel

“The book exudes a conservative and distinguished spirit, offers impeccable print quality, and is crammed with information for quilters and their cultural community; thus it merits inclusion in any quilt library!”
 — Textile Forum

“In quiltmaker/author Kate Lenkowsky's Contemporary Quilt Art, she educates readers with remarkable verbal and visual dexterity; she alters our perception of quilts, converting us to the religion of quilts as art. It is a revelatory experience. . . . The accompanying vivid color photographs of the artists' quilts is enough by itself to make you want to own this publication: Each photograph vibrates with crispness and saturated color. Indiana University Press deserves praise for what it has put together.”
 — Deseret News

“Lenkowsky's survey of the studio-quilt movement makes an important contribution to scholarship on the evolution and current status of the medium.Nov/Dec 2008”
 — Fiberarts

“Lushly illustrated, this volume is a feast for the eyes that will help to inspire not only quilters but also artists in other media. . . . Highly recommended.November 2008”
 — N. J. Quinlan, Nova Southeastern University

“This oversized book is full of vibrant colors of a few traditional quilts, but the majority are imaginative designs and creations of contemporary men and women.August 1, 2008”
 — Florence Waskelewicz Clowes, Polish American Journal

“This is a well-researched and beautifully illustrated introduction to quilt art, a field that has emerged from its historic origins and flourishes today as a dynamic expression of modern art. Winter 2009”
 — Surface Design

“A well-researched and beautiful book with 142 color photographs, including detail pictures of many of the quilts, Lenkowsky goes a long way towards accomplishing her goal of making the art quilt understandable and accessible to a wide audience.Vol. 32 no. 2”
 — Museum Anthropology

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Table of Contents

Note on Terminology

Part 1. Introduction
1. The Evolution of a New Art Form from an Old Tradition
Early Innovations
Unique among the Crafts
The Arrival of Modern Art and Some Talented Immigrants
The Return of Studio Craft
A New Spirit Emerges in Textile and Fiber Art
The "New" Modern Art Takes Center Stage
Fiber and Textile Art Begin to Flourish
"Homemade" Makes a Comeback, and Quilt Guilds Proliferate
A New Art Form Begins to Evolve: Early Influences and Challenges
Museums Play a Role
Old Skills Are Revived
Artists Take Charge of the Medium
Building a Support System
The New Quilts
An Important Question Is Raised
Achieving Professional Status
New Challenges
Some Final Thoughts and Observations

Part 2. Artists
2. Liz Axford
3. Susan Brandeis
4. Rachel Brumer
5. Pauline Burbidge
6. Elizabeth Busch
7. Jean Williams Cacicedo
8. Dorothy Caldwell
9. Kyoung Ae Cho
10. Nancy Crow
11. Nancy Erickson
12. Carole Harris
13. Ana Lisa Hedstrom
14. Marilyn Henrion
15. Michael James
16. Jan Myers-Newbury
17. Ris? Nagin
18. Joy Saville
19. Joan Schulze
20. Julie John Upshaw

Part 3. A Guide for Buyers and Collectors
21. Educational Resources and the Market
Collections and Acquisition Policies
Making Use of Museum Resources
The International Quilt Study Center
The Quilt Index
Internet Galleries
Private Galleries
An Overview
What to Expect
Cooperative Galleries
National and International Competitions
Regional and Traveling Exhibitions
Fiber Art Destinations
Open Studio Days
Large Quilt Shows and Festivals
Local Guild Exhibitions
Student Work
Charitable Auctions
22. Suggestions for Buyers
23. Collecting: Some Well-Known Collectors and What We Can Learn from Them
24. Suggestions for Beginning Collectors<

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