October 14, 2012–February 12, 2013
Collaboration with The Dairy Barn Arts Center
In East Gallery
For more than three decades, the biennial Quilt National exhibition created by The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, has showcased the best and most exciting contemporary art quilts being created around the world. More than 1,000 works were submitted to this juried traveling exhibition by nearly 500 artists from 46 states and 22 countries.
Oceanside Museum of Art will feature 30 of the selected quilts that honor the quilting tradition while embracing new forms of expression through innovative techniques. The works on view display a reverence for the lessons taught by heritage quilt makers, incorporating standard methods of piecing, patching and embroidery, while also utilizing new technical elements such as digitally manipulated photographs, ink jet printed fabrics and program stitched images. The quilts in the 2011 collection reflect the artists’ interest in using their medium to give voice to a concern for either the world at large, as in the environmental and/or political issues addressed by the works, or to express feelings relevant to the particular quilt maker’s inner world. Themes in the quilts range from nature and environmentalism to duality, perception and communication. Featured artists include Gail Baar, Alice Beasley, Bonnie Bucknam, Judy Kirpich, Barbara Lange, Pat Oden, Bonnie J. Smith, Carolyn Sullivan and Carol Watkins, among others.