Artist in Residence Program



The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is excited to introduce our new Artist in Residence program. Beginning this October 2016 we will host an artist or collaborative group every three months. Artists will have an onsite studio during their three month residency in our newly renovated Maker Space. Our AIR program also provides exhibition space for each artist in our new Maker Space Gallery. For more information please email and to find out more information about each individual artist click on their name.

Our first artist will be Urban Quilter Amy Ahlstrom. Ahlstrom's work is inspired by urban environments. Utilizing photography and digital media, Ahlstrom samples these subjects, creating vibrant compositions that reflect the visual chaos of cities. She uses traditional quilting techniques while incorporating her own contemporary spin to each piece.


Amy Ahlstrom, Urban Quilter

October through December 2016

Amy Ahlstrom is a Quilter inspired by urban environments. Ahlstrom takes inspiration from the streets such as text, signage, graffiti and popular culture. Utilizing photography and digital media, Ahlstrom samples these subjects, creating vibrant compositions that reflect the visual chaos of cities. She uses traditional quilting techniques while incorporating her own contemporary spin to each piece. Ahlstrom received her MFA in Fiber from the School of Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from Northern Illinois University.

Amy will be hosting open studio hours October 7 through December 17, 2016   (No Studio days Oct. 22, 23 & Nov.25, 2016).

 Fridays from 11:00 am to 3:30pm,

Saturdays 11:00 am to 2:30 pm

First Friday 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Visit SJMQT for Amy's Meet and Greet on October 7th at 7pm. Click her for more details!

"I'm an Urban Quilter: my work is born on the city streets. Using hundreds of found images from urban neighborhoods, I create quilts made of silk and cotton. The resulting artworks are modern pop art rendered in fabric. The intent of my work is to challenge the viewer's concept of what a quilt is and to affect their interaction with their environment. By defying the expectations of what a quilt should be, I re-invent quilting as a fine art medium." 
- Amy Ahlstrom



cristina Velazquez

January through March 2017

Cristina Velazquez spent her early years as a child in the State of Michoacan, Mexico. After arriving to the United States in 1987, she began to think critically of gender roles and expectations determined by her culture. Today her work addresses various ecological and feminists concerns. Velazquez provides the viewer with her own personal critique on religion, gender roles and cultural traditions. She explores stereotypes and expectations imposed on women through a variety of discarded and undervalued materials. She received her BFA from San Jose State University and is completing her MFA at The San Francisco Art Institute.

"Moving Parts of Immobility,art installation comprises of soft and hard transplanted material fragments. The amalgamation of re-purposed objects recreate inner body cells, visuals that remind us of our own human anatomy."
-Cristina Velazquez


Laurie Shapiro

April through June 2017

Laurie Shapiro is a mixed media artist. She is a former native New Yorker who now calls the Bay Area home. Her work employs various methods such as screen printing and sewing on large pieces of muslin. Her work is visceral and intuitive. She reflects upon the physical and psychological. Shapiro holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University.

"Many of my paintings are large in scale, and my style is a hybrid of neo-pop and expressionism." 
- Laurie Shapiro



Shannon Schmidt

July through September 2017

Shannon Schmidt is an Interdisciplinary artist. She received her MFA in Material Studies and Writing from the School of the Art Institute and a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. Schmidt is also a teaching artist through the UC Berkeley Extension program. She taught courses such as Soft Sculpture and The Found Object: An Exploration of Appropriation and Contemporary Art.

"Using abstraction and fragmentation, I construct imagery and forms that investigate sensory experiences, connecting the physical with the psychological. The pieces that I produce reach toward an unorthodox object beauty that is bound by ritual, time, history, labor and imperfection" 
- Shannon Schmidt






collaborative duo

KC Rosenberg & Modesto Covarrubias

October through December 2017

RoCoCo is comprised of two interdisciplinary artists, Modesto Covarrubias and KC Rosenberg. Their collaboration began as a response to a conversation about creativity and culture in the Bay Area. Today many of their works begin with a dialogue as the framework. Some of their works have addressed such topics as gentrification, intention and forgiveness.

Modesto Covarrubias received his MFA in Studio Art from Mills College and BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. He also studied architecture at the University of California Berkeley. Covarrubias currently teaches at the California College of the Arts.

KC Rosenbergis a long time native of Northern California with family roots connected the Human Potential Movement. She received her BFA in Printmaking from the College of the Arts & Craftsand a MFA in studio Arts from the University of California, Davis. Rosenberg is also teaching artist at the California College of the Arts.

"Our collaboration began with a conversation about creativity and culture in the Bay Area, and has evolved into a continuous dialogue in which ideas and concerns are expressed through sculptural installations and mixed media experiences that often include video, performance, drawing, and audience participation. RoCoCo is short for Rosenberg Covarrubias Collaborations (or conspirators, conversations, corporation, coalition, commentators, co-editors, collective, get the idea.)"