April 11-October 12, 2002
The exhibition consists of forty quilts, most of which were made by Utah women during the last twenty-five years. The works range in style from very traditional pieced and appliquéd quilts to less conventional pictorial quilts and contemporary “art quilts” made with techniques such as silk-screening, discharge dyeing, and metal work. With the inclusion of some historical pieces, the show illuminates the development of quilting in the state of Utah. Included are quilts by prize-winning contemporary LDS quilt makers Charlotte Warr-Anderson, Jodie Warner, and Emma Allabes. The exhibition addresses how local culture plays into Utah quilting as well as the changes that quilts have undergone over time, the interplay between traditional quilts and “contemporary art quilts,” and the validity of quilts as art.