The Milwaukee Art Quilters

The Milwaukee Art Quilters (MArQ) make contemporary art quilts, pursue exhibit and competition opportunities, and support each other’s artistic growth.


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Uncommon Folk at the Milwaukee Art Museum

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Interested in exploring the intersection of art and craft?

Currently on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum—Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art. This exhibit, which runs from January 31 through May 4, 2014, celebrates that ever-present independent streak in American art, and includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, and furniture from the Milwaukee Art Museum’s world-class collection. Best of all—quilts will be on exhibit, notable examples of the contemporary art of the Gee’s Bend quilters.

This exhibit should be a must-see for traditional and art quilters, who have always drawn inspiration from the art and craft formats of American folk art. The museum is planning loads of enrichment activities, from Duck Decoy Day (February 9), to musical performances, numerous lectures, and hands-on activities for the whole family.

The museum has an Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American  page set up listing event schedules and other pertinent information. Check it out!

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Walls of Wittenberg – Line of Design Exhibit

Our “Connecting Thread – a Line of Design” challenge was displayed at the W.O.W. gallery in Wittenberg, WI from January 19th to February 10th, 2013. This group of quilts is hung in a unique way. The rules stated that the each quilt needed to be 36″ square with a red line running through it that entered and exited  the sides of the quilt either 12″ from the top or bottom edge. Those were the only criteria the fiber art pieces had in common and the quilts are hung staggered so the “lines” in between remain horizontal. This resulted in a very diverse collection of quilts. The gallery space in Wittenberg was a delightful venue. Here are a few pictures from the exhibit:

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art quilt exhibitThe show enjoyed a good run with many fascinated visitors!


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MARQ at The Museum of Quilts and Fiber Art

I am happy to say that we are having another gallery show.  We would love to see you at the opening reception on Sunday January 29,  1:00 – 4:00.

Featuring the works of the Milwaukee Art Quilters

Emergence by Nancy Kimpel

January 11 to April 15, 2012

Members of the Milwaukee Art Quilters were challenged to create a series of quilts, each containing a red cord that would connect all quilts together when displayed. This collection won first prize in the Ultimate Guild Challenge contest at the American Quilters Society show in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The show is dedicated to Nancy Kimpel who fought the good fight against cancer but, lost the fight on Nov. 30, 2011.

For more information  go here.. http://wiquiltmuseum.com/

N50 W5050 Portland Rd. | Cedarburg, WI 53012 | Phone: 262.546.0300
Museum Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM, Sunday Noon – 4 PM


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Gallery Show in Plymouth Wisconsin

The Milwaukee Art Quilters will be having a gallery show in Plymouth, WI.  The show opens August 12, 2011 at Gallery 110 North/Plymouth Arts. I believe the show runs through the first week of October.
The Exhibit includes quilts from 2 of our challenges:

“The Blues”; 8 of these quilts just returned from being exhibited at the  AQS show in Knoxville, TN.

And “Name That Tune”; a challenge we won a top award with at the AQS show in Nashville a few years back. It now includes additional quilts from some of our newer members.

There will be about 50 quilts in the Plymouth show.
The show opens the same day as Cheese Capital Jazz Crawl For the Arts.
Here is the URL for the gallery: http://www.plymoutharts.org/index.html

Here is the URL for the Jazz festival which includes mention of our show: http://www.plymoutharts.org/events/special_events/jazz_crawl/jazz_crawl.html

I’m including the photos of the 8 quilts that were in the AQS Knoxville show.


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Terri Kirchner… In the News

One of our members Terri Kirchner who is very active in the Wisconsin Quilt and Textile Museum was involved in making quilts for a Yurt for a friend in Scotland.  You can see the entire article here… Terri’s quilt is the one with the lizard.  The Yurt and all of the quilts will be at the Wisconsin Quilt and Textile Museum located in Cedarburg, Wisconsin October 5-15, 2011. So be sure and check it out..

http://www.quiltershomemag.com/content_downloads/webQHyurt.pdf