The Windgate Museum of Art at Hendrix College announces “sustainABILITY,” an exhibition featuring 33 contemporary art quilts, each exploring solutions to improve sustainability in two-dimensional and three-dimensional works.
Organized by Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), all of the exhibition’s artwork in some way illustrates our complex interconnectedness with nature and covers a vast range of topics—industry, agriculture, daily living, and the natural world. “sustainABILITY” challenges viewers to consider how we can meet our needs in the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Tali Weinberg, juror for the exhibition, asks, “What does sustainability mean in this time of climate crisis? What is to be sustained, and for whom? How might quilts guide an exploration of these questions?” These are the questions at the heart of “sustainABILITY,” which addresses some of today’s most pressing environmental issues. Weinberg says, “Historically, quilts are objects of comfort which are constructed by bringing together disparate elements to make a whole. This practice of accumulation, improvisation, reimagining, recycling, repairing, and remixing is a perfect metaphor for the theme of this exhibition.”
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc., is an international non-profit organization dedicated to informing the public about the continuing achievements of the art quilt movement. SAQA’s 3,300 members include artists, collectors, curators, art dealers, and corporate sponsors. Since its founding more than 25 years ago, SAQA has mounted juried exhibitions featuring the work of members at museums and galleries throughout the world.