I. Imagine the Possibilities: An Exhibition of Traditional, Antique, and Vintage Quilts
March 19, 2019 - April 12, 2019
I. Imagine the Possibilities: An Exhibition of Traditional, Antique, and Vintage Quilts
Presented by Butler Arts Presents

Mariner's Compass Quilt: This exquisitie circa 1870 antique quilt is the featured quilt for the first exhibition. It showcases nine turkey red on white hand appliqued Mariner's Compass blocks surrounded by a continuous border of hand appliqued grapes, leaves and vines.

This series of three exhibitions will explore various genres of quilts and quilt inspired art. The exhibitions will include traditional, antique and vintage quilts; transitional quilts using more contemporary techniques, materials and subject matter; and modern or contemporary art quilts and fiber art. These three exhibitions will follow an historical progression from quilts as functional objects to quilt making as a medium of artistic expression...with some surprises exhibited in each show!

I. An Exhibition of Traditional, Antique and Vintage Quilts (March 19-April 12, 2019)

   Opening reception Tuesday, March 19, at 6pm.

II. An Exhibition of Transitional Quilts (April 16-May 10, 2019)

   Opening reception Tuesday, April 16, at 6pm.

III. An Exhibition of Contemporary Art Quilts and Fiber Art (May 14-June 7, 2019)

    Opening reception Tuesday, May 14, at 6pm.

All included quilts are from Indiana-based artists or have an Indiana connection. Each exhibition will also include quilt-inspired fine art, and displays of quilt gardens and quilt murals. These displays are presented in collaboration with Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The exhibition was inspired by the vision of James Cramer (Community Relations Director of Clowes Hall) in collaboration with Karen Colglazier. The display installations will utilize an innovative hanging system developed by John Lucas, Artwork Rigging Engineer for Clowes Hall. This exhibition and the rigging systems were underwritten by grants from Karen and Bud Colglazier.

Curatorial Committee:

Karen (Dietz) Colglazier (Butler ‘70, ‘74), Cathy Franks, Caryl Schuetz (Butler ‘64), Laura Welklin

Exhibitions are available for viewing by the public during lobby hours, Monday- Friday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. 

Included Images:

Star of Bethlehem Quilt: A 1930 Amish quilt from northern Indiana that was pieced on a treadle sewing machine and hand quilted using black thread on a black background.

Redick WIlson Weimer Crazy Quilt: An 1884 Crazy Quilt from Indiana made with silks and velvets, and many embroidered designs.

Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt: This 1930's quilt, using the iconic Grandmother's Flower Garden pattern, was hand pieced by Rita Benham Colgalzier of Salem, Indiana and hand quilted by the women o fthe FIrst Methodist Church of Salem.