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[Artspace] at Untitled
[Artspace] at Untitled to exhibit Modern Materials: The Art of the Quilt
July 10 - August 29, 2009; Opening Reception July 10 at 5 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - [Artspace] at Untitled will exhibit Modern Materials: The Art of the Quilt, an invitational exhibition bringing together the best and most innovative contemporary artists in the United States who are working in the medium of quilt art today. With an emphasis on three-dimensional works, the exhibit will also include non-traditional two-dimensional works. Modern Materials: The Art of the Quilt will be on exhibit from July 10 to August 29, 2009. The opening reception will be on July 10, from 5 to 8 pm, at [Artspace] at Untitled, 1 NE 3rd Street, Oklahoma City. Quilt artist Pam RuBert will give a lecture July 11, at 6:30 pm at Untitled. The lecture is free to the public.
Modern Materials: The Art of the Quilt is curated by Jill Rumoshosky Werner of Wichita, Kansas. Werner took part in the 2008 [Artspace] at Untitled design exhibit Dinner in the Deuce. She has won numerous awards for her work in artistic quilting including a 2008 Mid-Career Fellowship in Fine Arts from the Kansas Arts Commission. She is co-founder and past president of the Kansas Art Quilters organization and as such curated a number of traveling exhibitions. Her work is included in the Thomas Contemporary Quilt Collection the Wichita Art Museum and the International Quilt Study Center.
Werner has selected 24 of the most notable art quilters working today to take part in Modern Materials: The Art of the Quilt, including Lori Lupe Pelish whose work has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art and Design in New York City, Theresa M. Heaton who was recently featured in American Craft Magazine, Regina Benson winner of the 2007 Quilt National Award of Excellence, and Oklahoma native Elia Woods who has exhibited nationally and internationally. The works selected for this exhibition represent the most current trends in art quilting, an artistic genre that has been gaining recognition as a fine art form. Many pieces were created specifically for this show.
Sandra Sider has written in her essay for the exhibition catalog, "Although a few of the materials used in these pieces are unusual most of the artists have worked in fiber and textiles. But unlike mainstream traditional quilts, those in Modern Materials: The Art of the Quilt have pushed the boundaries of the craft into the realm of art. Several artists in the exhibition were trained in design or fine art, applying those principles to fiber and textiles. Others were self-taught, augmenting that experience with workshops in techniques and processes. These individuals prefer to express their artistic goals through quilt art because the stitched texture of the medium imparts complexity and a sense of presence."
[Artspace] at Untitled is a non-profit contemporary arts center located in downtown Oklahoma City committed to stimulating new ideas and creative thought through contemporary art. [Artspace] at Untitled is dedicated to providing access to quality exhibitions, educational programs, performances, and publications and to involving the community in collaborative outreach efforts. This exhibition is free and open to the public.
For more information about [Artspace] at Untitled, visit artspaceatuntitled.org or call 405.815.9995.
For more information about Modern Materials: The Art of the Quilt, visit www.wernerstudio.com.