Circular Abstractions: Bull’s Eye Quilts

Circular Abstractions: Bull’s Eye Quilts

Thursday, Sep 28, 2017


Curated by Nancy Crow, May 13 – October 22, 2017

On Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017, all mothers can visit the Museum for free to see this amazing new exhibition.

On Sunday, May 21, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm join us for Circular Abstractions Discovery Day, a family fun day in celebration of the exhibition

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Thursday 5:00 – 9:00 pm

They came from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, the U.S, and other countries. Together, selected artists contributed to a project that pushed expectations for modern quiltmaking and set the bar to a new level. On May 13, Circular Abstractions: Bull’s Eye Quilts is coming to Fuller Craft Museum, showcasing the best of quiltmaking. This touring exhibition is curated by the fine arts quilt-maker Nancy Crow, who is renowned for making over 300 quilts during her career. She shows what can be achieved when forty-one craftsmen from around the globe synthesize their talents into one creative endeavor.

The exhibition features twenty-five quilts and displays a blend of lively and dynamic colors. The participating artists were challenged to improvise four quadrant patterns with a bull’s eye at the center of each quarter. The quilts are arrayed to achieve energy, vibrancy, and life in design and execution. Each quilt was chosen from jury submissions. Out of the fifty-one quilts, twenty-five will be coming to Fuller Craft Museum that represent the core theme of Crow’s work. Crow’s goal for the project is to see what can be accomplished for machine-pieced quilts—a new appreciation for an ancient craft and possibilities yet explored.

Circular Abstractions: Bull’s Eye Quilts was organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art in Michigan and premiered in August 2016. The tour began in January 2017 and is sponsored by the Caroline R. Graboys Fund and Bayer Crop Science.

Fuller Craft Museum is showing quilts from the following: Patricia Altenburg, Anne Anderson, Sharon Anderson, Kathy Anso, Marina Baudoin, Catherine Beard, Nancy Cordy, Sue Cortese, Cheryl Costley, Stefani Danes, Maria Elkins, Valerie Maser-Flanagan, Diana Fox, Kerri Green, Ruth Harmelink, Carol Hazen, Maren Johnston, Beth Markel, Brenda McPartlin, Sue Ritter Milling, Kathy Mishima, Gael O'Donnell, Dale Tomlinson, Susan K. Willen.

Nancy Crow Statement:

They are a means of expression. They represent my deepest feelings as a response to my life. My quilts are how I see color; how I see shapes; how I see line. They are about complexity, sadness, hope and always beauty. My style of quilt-making is contemporary in that I want to express my experiences now and not copy old quilts. They are traditional only in that they are machine-pieced and quilted.