Current Exhibitions

Elegant Geometry: British and American Mosaic Patchwork Quilts
October 21, 2017–January 21, 2018 | Fifth Third Gallery

Hexagon Quilt (detail), possibly made in Kentucky, about 1860–1880. International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 1997.007.0598

For nearly 300 years, quilt makers have created a dazzling range of designs using the versatile mosaic patchwork technique. The 19 quilts in Elegant Geometry highlight the skill, intelligence, and artistry of the women who practiced mosaic patchwork quilting during its early years. Mosaic quilters wrapped and sewed cloth around identically sized, geometrically shaped paper pieces. They then stitched the tiny units together into intricate patterns. The earliest quilt in the exhibition originated in 18th-century England. British colonists brought the technique to the New World, where American women embraced it. American quilts in Elegant Geometry date through the 19th century and were made by women from Eastern and Midwestern states including Kentucky and Ohio.

Elegant Geometry is organized by the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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A Sense of Home: New Quilts by Heather Jones
November 17, 2017–February 18, 2018 | Sinton Gallery

Heather Jones, Central Parkway, cotton fabric, batting, and thread, 2014, 60 x 60 in. Photo courtesy of Quilt Local by Heather Jones, published by Abrams Books. Photography by Jenny Hallengren

Self-taught quilt artist and designer Heather Jones channels the world around her into minimalist quilts that conjure modern painting. Informed by her knowledge of quilting traditions and art history, she creates both unique designs and twists on traditional patterns. A Sense of Home will feature full-size quilts, smaller fabric works, and pages from Jones’s design sketchbooks, all inspired by the Taft Museum of Art.