Learn about the cultural forces that led to the emergence of art quilts, and the California artists who were among the first to embrace the medium as their primary means of expression.
In the last decades of the 20th century, California quilt makers charted new territory in quilt making, leading the nation in creativity and innovation. During the 1970s and 1980s, California artists were among the first to embrace the quilt medium as their primary means of expression. More traditional quilt makers also expanded horizons, and even pushed the boundaries of what could be called a quilt.
Nancy Bavor, the executive director of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, presents an illustrated talk on the cultural forces that led to the emergence of art quilts, highlighting some pioneering California artists who blazed the trail for contemporary quilt makers.
About Nancy Bavor
Bavor co-authored the 2018 book, Art Quilts Unfolding: 50 Years of Innovation, and co-curated the accompanying exhibition, Layered & Stitched: Fifty Years of Innovative Art, at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Northwestern University and a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in the History of Textiles/Quilt Studies emphasis.