Mission Statement – The Milwaukee Art Quilters (MArQ) make contemporary art quilts, pursue exhibit and competition opportunities, and support each other’s artistic growth.
About the Milwaukee Art Quilters –
The Milwaukee Art Quilters (MArQ) was founded in 1992 as a venue for members to exchange information related to contemporary art quilts, pursue exhibitions and competitions, and share artistic critiques of each other’s work. More than 40 members from varied backgrounds come together to advance their skills as quilt artists. Planned and free-form artistic styles draw from traditional quilt making techniques yet inhabit the world of modern artistic expression.
MArQ has won national group exhibit awards and has been included in such national venues as the La Conner National Quilt Museum in Seattle, WA. The AQS Quilt Expo in Nashville, TN, and The Quilters’ Heritage Celebration in Lancaster, PA. State exhibit include the Wisconsin Arts Board and Quilt Expo in Madison, Alverno College and Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, and Anaba Tea Room in Shorewood.
Members work with original designs that meet the definition of a quilt using hand dyed and commercial fabrics. Representational and abstract pieces may become mixed media art with the addition of beads, foil, melted felt, metal hardware and many other ephemera in order to evoke additional textural elements.
Art quilts are part of the fiber art field of highly collectible artwork. These quilts are meant to hang on the wall like an oil or watercolor painting. The quilted surface brings a dimensional depth to the artwork that paint alone cannot.
Milwaukee Art Quilters meet on the first Monday of each month. Please contact Kathie for more information.