Jen Graham  Don't Shoot at Me , 2017 Image on Fabric  3 x 5'

Jen Graham
Don't Shoot at Me, 2017
Image on Fabric  3 x 5'

GUNS: LOADED CONVERSATIONS

APRIL 22, 2018 - JULY 15, 2018

TURNER, GILLILAND AND FINLAYSON GALLERIES

An enormous divide exists between people who cherish their heritage of gun ownership and others who are concerned that guns contribute to the rising tide of gun violence. The pieces presented in this exhibition spark conversations relating to this important societal issue.

The work explores heritage and current cultural norms reflected in gun ownership and consider how people's personal experience with guns may influence their opinions. The exhibition plans to engage those of differing opinions to listen to each other in a thoughtful manner; and to investigate and encourage community initiatives that may inspire action in seeking solutions.

This Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) exhibition plans to engage those of differing opinions to listen to each other in a thoughtful manner; and to investigate and encourage community initiatives that may inspire action in seeking solutions.

This exhibition is supported by East Bay Heritage Quilters.


GENERATION OF CHANGE: A MOVEMENT, NOT A MOMENT

APRIL 22, 2018 - JULY 15, 2018

Social Justice Sewing Academy’s mission is to inspire students to be aware of social injustices and turn them into leaders and organizers who believe that change can happen when they try and take action. By learning a strong foundation in sewing and textile art expression, SJSA's goal is to prepare students to solve the issues in their communities by their innovative thinking. Each quilt on display is an act of social justice, created by a teen, revealing that equality is a concern, regardless of age.

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 Sara Trail  Rest in Power, Trayvon , 2012  Batik, silk, cotton, lace, organza Quilted and appliquéd

Sara Trail
Rest in Power, Trayvon, 2012
Batik, silk, cotton, lace, organza
Quilted and appliquéd


  Unequal: Pie Charts , 2015 Cotton, Quilted Image courtesy of the Artist

Unequal: Pie Charts, 2015
Cotton, Quilted
Image courtesy of the Artist

INTIMACY AND SUBVERSION
THOMAS KNAUER

JUNE 6, 2018 - JULY 15, 2018

PORCELLA GALLERY

Artist Thomas Knauer is interested in the social and cultural implication of making a quilt. For him the decision to make a quilt is already a type of activism, a reflection of a desire for something more personal, a refutation of the generic and the disposable. The quilts on display stem from that fundamental premise, and translate specific concerns into material form, specifically quilts that are actually used on a daily basis; they explore the implications of addressing a wide range of issues within the intimate space of the bedroom, what it means to bring global concerns to the home. These quilts then become less about public expression and more about insuring that one’s personal ideals do not slip away into the abstract, perpetually overwhelmed by the endless cycles of crisis that surround us. Through these quilts the political is tied to the personal, ideals are made concrete; each quilt becomes an everyday reminder of the manifold challenges confronting us, and as a prompt to advocate for a world we hope to make better.