Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints + Mississippi Quiltings

May 25 - August 19, 2019

Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints

Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints will present 17 works by seven fiber artists representing the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Curated by internationally renowned artist and teacher Nancy Crow, Material Pulses contributes to the dialogue of contemporary textile arts.

The exhibit was created by Crow as the culmination of her mission to bring back the majesty, strength, and energy of textile works, particularly large quilts. The exhibit is free with regular museum admission.

The exhibition features quilts, mixed media, and installation work. The exhibition features quilts up to 101 inches, for dramatic scale of an art form that is often relegated to its functional qualities.

The exhibition’s artists bring their techniques and vision to realizing this celebration of contemporary textile arts. Among them:

  • Elizabeth Brandt from Holland, Michigan, balances large geometric and organic shapes, while at the same time flirting with a demanding dark palette.
  • From Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Jayne Willoughby’s work on one side seems contemplative, while the other spouts riotous color systems.
  • Mary Lou Alexander, from Hubbard, Ohio, has been exploring shibori (a Japanese dyeing method) for decades, and utilized this technique to exemplify the beauty of mark-making.
  • Barb Wills, from Prescott, Arizona, printed her fabrics, both cotton and silk, with original woodcuts created from Shina wood, using cutting tools from Japan.

Other exhibition artists are Denise L. Roberts, Albright, WV; Claire Benn, Surrey, England; and Christine Mauersberger, Cleveland, OH.

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Mississippi Quiltings

A localized component of the exhibit, Mississippi Quiltings, is the materialization of talent located in Mississippi. The MAX reached out to quilt makers from across the state for submissions of original quilts to create for this exhibition. Twenty quilts were selected representing 10 cities and 17 gifted artists. Paired with Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints, these exhibitions will inspire artists to continue to stretch the limits and hopefully inspire new artists.

Mississippi Quiltings will feature the work of Sherry Roberson, Jean Landrum, Julia Graber, Ana Iverson, Brenda Hand, Clara Cavett, Linda T. Arledge, Joy Vanderhoof, Nadine Bell, Libby Hartfield, Barbara Williamson, Mildred Louise Buckalew, Kerry Cook, Nylon Hellon Stone, Ruth Ann Rosamond, Mrs. Seale, and Wendy Bridges.

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Alli’s Portrait, Ana Iverson

Alli’s Portrait by Ana Iverson

Exhibition Admission

Admission to the Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints + Mississippi Quiltings exhibits are FREE with regular museum attendance

Adults: $14
Students, Seniors, Active Military: $12
Youth 6-17: $8
Members and Children 5 + Under: FREE
Groups of 10 or more: $8 per person

The exhibition is organized by ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance.

Mid-America Arts Alliance
Exhibits USA
National Endowment for the Arts
The MAX - Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience

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