Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Exhibitions

Amish Quilts, 1880 to 1940: From the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown
  • Amish Quilts, 1880 to 1940: From the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown
  • 13-Apr-2002 - 30-Jun-2002
  • Kress Gallery, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
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Description

Organized by the University of Michigan Museum of Art.
This exhibition of 35 quilts from a single, private collection offers stunning examples of quilts created by women from Amish settlements located in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kansas and Ohio. The majority of the Brown's collection comes from the settlement found in Holmes County, Ohio. This is the largest Amish settlement in the United States. By including quilts from several communities Amish Quilts 1880 to 1940 from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown provides an overview of the varied approaches to quiltmaking made by quilters who are bound together by faith, but separated by geography, economic status and desire to embrace the past or reach out to the future. The exhibition was co-curated by Robert Shaw and Julie Silber, two of the foremost experts on Amish quilts. Amish Quilts 1880 to 1940 from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown was exhibited at the University of Michigan Museum of Art and traveled to the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C. A fully illustrated catalogue of the show will be available for sale in the Museum Shop.