Gallery member Jeanette Jacobs' quilt "Splash" is featured in the Wayne Art Center's current international competitive quilt exhibit ArtQuilt Elements 2010. Jacobs quilt was one of 50 quilts selected from the hundreds of applications by a blue-ribbon jury. Wayne's show is the only biennial exhibition on the East Coast devoted exclusively to the art quilt. Jacobs' "Splash" reflects how traditional patterns in quilts are being updated to have a more contemporary look.
Wayne wraps itself up in art quilts
Certain cities and cultural institutions develop relationships with regularly held group exhibitions, which can take on mythical dimensions.
Venice has its Biennale, Pittsburgh its International. And suburban Wayne's ambitious neighborhood arts center is rapidly moving in that direction with its current "ArtQuilt Elements 2010" international competitive exhibit, featuring 50 quilts from 25 states and four other countries.
These quilts were selected from hundreds of applicants by a blue-ribbon jury. Already, this is the only biennial East Coast exhibition devoted exclusively to the art quilt, having grown out of the former ArtQuilts at the Sedgwick, which first organized a quilt show for a community festival in 1999.
It's well known that quilt shows of all kinds have a broad public appeal, and the current display boldly creates architectural beauty in the larger of the two main rooms where the biggest quilts hang.
The show's goals are twofold: presenting top-quality design, craftsmanship, and technique, and striving to educate viewers and the art world about the place art quilts occupy on the contemporary scene. This involves showing such technical processes as digital manipulation, printing on fabric, and new paints and drawing methods now applied to textiles.
Another interesting aspect is the growing number of former painters, architects, and designers now attracted to this field. So, while your grandmother's quilt-making hasn't been completely edged out of existence, it's definitely been marginalized in favor of these new enthusiasts. Evidence of professional artists' engagement can be seen in their celebration of quiltmaking as an art form, not to mention the presence of socially conscious images.
An incredibly rich range of lively subjects awaits the viewer in a display that testifies eloquently to the skill and sensitivity of artists for whom technical process seldom intrudes upon personal expression."