Ornamental Separator

Art of the Quilter

Now Open
This exhibition is on view in the McCarl Gallery
The exhibition is generously funded by the June G. Horsman Family Trust.


“Art of the Quilter” features a selection of American quilts representing a variety of techniques, colors, and materials — from a pieced quilt made of denim blue jeans to an intricately appliqued piece made of colorful cottons .

Each quilt expresses the imaginative artistic impulses of its maker(s) while also creating a warm and practical bedcover for loved ones. Some quilts were created as a community activity in which neighbors and relatives enjoyed the pleasures of working together and socializing. The quilts in this exhibition illustrate the multicultural nature of American society, including the Anglo-American, African-American, German, Amish, and Mennonite communities.

Quilt, Pieced Work Clothes, Elizabethtown, Kentucky, 1930-1950. Museum Purchase, Dr. and Mrs. T. Marshall Hahn, Jr. Fund. 2008.609.9
Quilt, Appliquéd Wreath and Vases by Lucy Ann Wright, Dutchess County, New York, 1850. Museum Purchase. 2019.609.8