III. Imagine the Possibilities: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art Quilts and Fiber Art
May 14, 2019 - June 7, 2019
III. Imagine the Possibilities: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art Quilts and Fiber Art
Presented by Butler Arts Presents

"Timeless Tales": Inspired by her love of children’s fairytales and nursery rhymes, Cathy Franks designed, constructed and embellished this contemporary art quilt. It will be the featured quilt in the third exhibition.

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 14, 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 & Vistiors 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: 

Nearly a 9 Patch: The pattern and motifs for this quilt are original designs by Laura Welklin. The quilt was appliqued and quilted on her twenty five years old sewing machine. 

Jag: This stunning art quilt by Leigh Layton began as a photograph, was manipulated, printed on fabric, and then thread painted. Lastly, it was quilted...all by machine!

The Aurora Quilt: Also known as the "Aurora-Elkhart Special", this quilt is based on a design by Jinny Beyer, utilizing forty-nine fabrics from the Jinny Beyer Studio. Commissioned by the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Center, it was pieced by Diana Bennett and machine quilted by Doris Goins. It has been replicated a a barn mural that hangs on the Elkhart County VIsitors Center in Elkhart, Indiana.