Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Thank you, IQSCM!

My exhibition at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum concluded last weekend, and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for a job well done. The exhibition, "Off the Grid, The Bill Volckening Collection" was on display from May 24 to August 27, and thousands of visitors from around the world got a first look at this select group of polyester quilts of the 1970s.

Tour groups and other visitors passed through the galleries each day. My favorite group was this flock of young girls, who came to see the quilts and dress their dolls in cool, handmade hippy duds. Seeing children so enthralled by the quilts was wonderful!

with curator Marin Hanson during the Facebook Live segment
The museum staff and volunteers are top notch. We first met in 2012 when I visited for the American Quilt Study Group Seminar, and I met new Executive Director Leslie Levy at QuiltCon in 2015. It was wonderful to see retired Executive Director Patricia Crews at my lecture. We cannot thank her enough for her lead role as founding Director of the museum.

Special thanks to the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and the Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency supporting the exhibition through its matching grants program funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. It takes many hands to build a village, and I am grateful for everyone who had a hand in the exhibition. Looking forward to returning to Nebraska.

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