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September 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pmFree
Michael James: Quilting Icon
Wednesday, September 25 • 2:00 p.m.
Michael James permanently changed perceptions about the purpose and language of quilt making. In 1973 he graduated with an MFA in painting and printmaking from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. However no longer feeling inspired by the process of painting, he moved toward spending his time experimenting with quilt block patterns, color theory and design. By applying his existing knowledge of art history to a tradition that was experiencing a rebirth of interest, James was able to produce innovative quilts, with modern new designs. His teaching and quintessential quiltmaker’s handbooks have encouraged a generation of global makers to express themselves with textiles in a way that has never happened before. Currently Michael James is the Ardis James Professor and Chair, Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design, at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Threaded, October 1, 2019 – February 9, 2020.