PADUCAH, KY, December 2, 2011 – The National Quilt Museum is pleased to announce the opening of its new exhibit,Quilt Journeys: Three Quilters on December 9, 2011. The exhibit follows the artistic journey of three internationally recognized fiber artists: Doreen Speckmann, Diane Gaudynski, and Dorris McManis. Speckman was one of the first artists to reach celebrity status in the quilt world. Gaudynski is one of the most respected and admired machine quilters in the world. McManis, having worked in quilting for decades, is most well known for having created one 12″ quilt every week for an entire year. This exhibit runs through March 13, 2012.
“Like most journeys, it isn’t the destination that is the story, it is the process of getting there and how they find their ‘voice’ during their journey that’s interesting,” said Judy Schwender, Curator/Registrar for The National Quilt Museum.
The Quilt Journeys: Three Quilters exhibit was inspired by Journey Stories, a touring exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program. Murray State will host the Smithsonian exhibit in cooperation with the Kentucky Humanities Council. That exhibit can be seen January 28 to March 10, 2012 at Murray State. The National Quilt Museum exhibit was funded with a grant from the Murray State University Office of Regional Outreach.