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.
The State of Kentucky has mandated that all museum visitors wear a mask while inside the facility. Please maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
Masks are available upon request.
by MJ Kinman
September 18 - November 3, 2020
Textile artist MJ Kinman blends her favorite subjects—quilts, gems, and Kentucky bourbon—into a stunning exhibit of light and color.
Park Bench Stories
by Leni Levenson Wiener
September 11 - December 8, 2020
Park Bench Stories consists of 39 pieces that represent people who have come to sit on a park bench at some point during a day, a week, or longer. The bench is implied until the very last piece in the exhibition, which shows the empty bench. Until that point, viewers are invited to imagine for themselves the bench and its location. The interactive connection makes this a good exhibition for school groups, writers’ groups as it inspires viewers to create their own stories based on the pieces. Those interested in fiber art, art quilts or the psychology of body language also find this an intriguing exhibition.
Inspired by Endangered Species: Animals and Plants in Fabric Perspectives
Curated by Donna Marcinkowski DeSoto
October 9 – January 12, 2021
Lively, colorful and skillfully made fabric “portraits of endangered species bring them to real, vibrant life. The 182 quilt portraits feature animal and plants from all over the world.
Women’s Right to Vote: Revolution & Evolution
Suffrage Small Quilt Challednge
Dakota County Star Quilters, Eagan, MN
September 1- October 18, 2020
This exhibition of 36 small quilts from 16 states across the country celebrate the 100thanniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution—the women’s suffrage amendment.
OURstory: Human Rights Stories in Fabric
Curated by Susanne Miller Jones
June 8 – December 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.More Info
The National Quilt Museum Collection
The National Quilt Museum's main gallery is made up of quilts from the museum's own collection. Currently, the museum has over 600 quilts in our collection. At any given time, 50-60 of these quilts are on display in the gallery for the public to view. The rest of the collection is housed in our temperature and humidity controlled vault.
Our collection is made up of some of the most extraordinary quilts ever produced. The majority of the quilts in our collection are award winners from regional and national contests. Others have been chosen for a number of different reasons including their uniqueness or their historic relevance. The collection is quite diverse, including quilts of many different styles from quilters throughout the world. If you would like to get information on the collection, the museum produces a collection book with information on each of the quilts. The book is available through our online shop.
How do we choose the quilts for our collection? The museum receives thousands of submissions for collection consideration each year. A collection committee made up of well respected quilters and appraisers makes the final decision on which quilts will ultimately become part of the collection. Only one exception to this process exists. Each year the winning quilts at the AQS Paducah Quilt Show are added to the museum's collection without having to go through the typical process for selection.
We take great pride in the quality and diversity of the museum collection and we will continue to expand it as time goes forward.
The museum's collection became available online in partnership with the Alliance for the American Quilt through the Quilt Index. To see all of the museum's quilts, visit www.quiltindex.org.
Selections from the museum's collection are also online on the Google Cultural Institute website.