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Ross Art Museum to Exhibit Fine Art Quilts

May 7, 2008

More than 50 fine art quilts will be on display May 16 through July 5 at Ross Art Museum, including “And All That Jazz” by Nancy Cook of Charlotte, N.C., and “A Concentration of Possibilities” by Cher Cartwright of British Columbia, Canada.

DELAWARE, OHIO – Everyone is invited to get wrapped up in the newest exhibit at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St.

From May 16 to July 5, the museum will showcase fine art quilts from 28 artists representing 16 states, Canada, and Belgium. “The Quilted Surface IV” will be displayed in conjunction with the Quilt Surface Design Symposium, scheduled for June 14 through June 27 in Columbus.

Receptions for the quilt artisans will be held at Ross Art Museum from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. June 19 and June 25. The public is invited to attend these free receptions to meet the exhibitors and discuss their work.

“Quilting as a fine art really exploded in the 1970s,” said Tammy Wallace, first assistant at the museum and one of the curators for the upcoming quilt show. “Although both men and women create fine art quilts today, women embraced the medium first. For many, it was a way to make an artistic statement even if they weren’t comfortable with painting or drawing.”

Wallace anticipates as many as 50 fine art quilts will be displayed at Ross Art Museum, incorporating a variety of hand-dyed, hand-painted, screen-printed, and discharge-dyed fabrics.

“Some artists work with commercially available fabric, but many prefer more custom fabrics to provide the unique patterns, colors, and textures that they seek,” said Wallace, who also creates fine art quilts.

Funding for “The Quilted Surface IV” is being provided by Ross Art Museum’s Barbara Kuhlman Endowed Fund for Exhibitions and Visiting Artists and by Quilt Surface Design International, Ltd.

Ross Art Museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Saturdays, and will be closed July 4. Admission is always free. For more information, call (740) 368-3606.

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