With your help we are firmly on the road to being the nexus
for fiber artists, art lovers, collectors, quilters, and crafters who share a passion for fiber art and a deep commitment to its preservation and evolution.
As a friend of the Museum your support was greatly needed this past spring to keep our doors open. Now we need your continued support as we strive to build capacity for the Museum so we can continue to:
• Create powerful compelling exhibitions that explore the stories and artistry of traditional and new fiber art and artists
• Present fun, creative participatory activities that bring out the artist in all of us
• Provide first-class visitor experiences that bring people to the museum time and time again
Here’s what you have to look forward to:
• January 29–April 27, 2014; a retrospective of the Bay Area Art-to-Wear movement that traces the evolution and history of this genre from the 1960s to the present day. You won’t want to miss the one-of-kind garments on loan from the Levi’s collection in San Francisco.
• May 7–July 20, 2014; Quilt National was intended to demonstrate the transformations taking place in the world of quilting. Its purpose was then, and still is, to carry the definition of quilting far beyond its traditional parameters and to promote quiltmaking as what it
always has been—an art form.
• July 30–November 9, 2014; The Museum’s third International TECHStyle Art Biennial, a juried exhibition chronicling how emerging artists are combining textiles and technology. This show will be juried by Michael F. James, Louise Lemieux Berube, and Patricia Malarcher.
• November 19, 2014–March 1, 2015; a beautiful and rare glimpse into the private collection of Darwin D. Bearley.
Much of the financial support needed to bring these wonderful exhibitions and programs to our community comes from
Thanks to your extraordinary support, this past year we were able
to produce eleven engaging exhibitions that showcased:
• Quilts and textiles from the Museum’s permanent collection
• A beautiful selection of Indian Folk Textiles from the private collection of Carol Summers
• An exhibition that focused on artists’ interpretations of the Milestones in life of birth, death and marriage
• A stellar collection of New York Beauty quilts
The Museum also presented 42 arts education programs and tours.
• Who can forget that Shelly Zegart, Executive Producer of Why Quilts Matter joined us for a sold out program in January?
• Our Quilts as Women’s Shelter program served 86 participants. Twelve of these ladies’ quilts were shown in the the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Show in April in Santa Clara, CA.
• We kicked off our new Fiber Talks lecture series in May with nationally known artist Yvonne Porcella. Other programs have featured quilters Roberta Horton and Mary Mashuta and wearable art creators Leilani Bennett and Marcia Manzo.
• We created a space for crafting in the Museum. Our new Community Gallery is quite popular with stitchers of all ages!
As we approach this holiday season, I hope that you will consider
renewing your commitment to the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. With our new strategic plan and business model we are taking the steps necessary to improve how we do business. We wish to continue to serve you and our community well by continuing to create bold, compelling,
and transformational programming.
Just as our founders created the Museum through vision and heroic volunteer efforts, current and new generations of volunteers, artists, quilters, crafters, and patrons partner with staff and board to imagine and ensure the Museum’s present and future.
We invite you to continue partnering with us by supporting our work again this year. Please make your tax-deductible holiday gift today.
Thank you for your generosity and faith in the work we do!
Christine Jeffers, CFRE
P.S. Make a gift of $250 or more by December 25, 2013 and receive two complimentary tickets to our March 7, 2014 Fiber Talks! event with national artist and quilter Faith Ringgold!