From Museum CEO, Frank Bennett
Thank you for planning a trip to The National Quilt Museum. During this challenging time, the health of our staff and visitors is of the upmost importance. The museum is following guidelines informed by both the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kentucky Healthy at Work initiative.
Maintaining a healthy environment requires the cooperation of everyone that enters our facility, the National Quilt Museum requires that all employee and visitors wear masks during their visit. Also, we ask that everyone maintain a social distance of six feet or more.
Thank you for helping guarantee that the museum is a safe and healthy place for everyone to visit and enjoy the art of quilting.
March 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020
In September 2019, Shannon Downey purchased an unfinished embroidered map of the United States and a container of supplies at an estate sale with the intent of finishing the project. The quilt had been started by 99 year old, Rita Smith before she passed. Little did she know that this project would become a global phenomenon.More info
The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts
March 13 - July 14, 2020
This collection of modern quilts, constructed by Cassandra Beaver between 2014 and today, encompasses a variety of aesthetics and techniques including use of negative space, minimalism, modern traditionalism, and improvisation.
Musica! Celebration of Music — with a Visual Twist
By the Studio Art Quilt Associates
March 6 – July 7, 2020
Pablo Picasso said, "To draw, you must close your eyes and sing." This exhibition explores all the wonderful ways in which music can serve as inspiration for the creative process.
Both music and art elicit emotions, create different moods, suggest movement, and can reflect light, depth, and color. Over time many artistic practices and processes have been shaped by sound and visual expression. The boundaries between music and art blur, as one becomes inspiration for the other.
OURstory: Human Rights Stories in Fabric
June 12 – September 8, 2020
In 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which had been drafted by a committee chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt. It delineated the rights to which all humans in all countries should be entitled. Forty-six artists from six countries created this collection of 62 art quilts based on those rights. This poignant collection includes quilts celebrating the heroes who fought for rights long denied to various groups of people as well as the events that drew the attention of news media as well as the public. Personal stories round out the collection. Viewers will be moved and encouraged.