Quilts of Indiana's Present and Past
October 24, 2015 - January 10, 2016
The October 24 – January 10, 2016 Old Gallery exhibition, NINETEEN STARS: QUILTS OF INDIANA’S PRESENT AND PAST, begins the Evansville Museum’s celebration of Indiana’s upcoming Bicentennial. The theme is drawn from the 19 stars depicted in the state flag that commemorate Indiana’s position as the 19th state to join the Union.
Stars were favored quilt patterns in the 19th and 20th centuries and appeared in many variations. The 19 historic quilts in the exhibition span 150 years of Indiana quiltmaking from the 1830s to the 1980s and were selected from the collection of the Indiana State Museum.
The 19 contemporary works, which were created specifically for this exhibition by some of Indiana’s outstanding quilt artists, incorporate the star theme in a number of ways, from overt to illusory. The artists’ techniques vary widely, from traditional piecework and appliqué to improvisational collage, layering, digital media or richly textural thread painting.
44th Mid-States Craft Exhibition
January 17, 2016 - March 6, 2016
The 44TH MID-STATES CRAFT EXHIBITION will be featured in the Old Gallery from January 17 – March 6, 2016. Open to artists residing in the six states of Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Missouri, the competition will feature ceramics, glass, textiles, metalwork, wood and mixed media. Over $10,000 in purchase and merit awards underwritten by individuals, corporations, foundations, and philanthropic organizations will be presented at the January 23 awards reception.
Juror for this year’s competition is Julia Black Andrews, Executive Director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art (Florida). Andrews joined the Museum in 2013, as the Education and Public Programs Director and in 2015, she was named Director of the Museum. She was Curator and Program Manager for ArtServe in Ft. Lauderdale, a multi-purpose facility with artist studios, performance and meeting spaces and classrooms for nonprofit organizations. An artist as well as an arts administrator, Ms. Andrews is a member of the City of Pompano Beach Public Art Committee.