The Source for Contemporary Art Quilts, Exhibitions & Appraisals

Robert Shaw has curated dozens of special exhibitions of contemporary and antique quilts at museums and expositions in the United States, Japan, and Europe, including the National Gallery Of Art in Washington, D.C., the University of Michigan Art Museum, the New England Quilt Museum, International Quilt Festival (Houston), and the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival.

Bob offers an exceptional range of high quality quilt exhibitions, lecture programs, and related services to museums and other venues. The exhibitions are usually rented for a three-month period and come ready-to-hang, with labels, wall texts, and PR materials.

A full list of available exhibitions can be downloaded by clicking here. Bob also often works with museums and expositions to organize exhibitions tailored to specific interests, needs, or themes.

Please contact Bob for more information about bringing one of The Art of the Quilt's exhibitions to your museum or event.

Eleanor McCain's most recent project is the Oil Stains Series, a group of of fourteen hand dyed quilts made in response to the 2010 BP oil spill and its effects on her community in northwest Florida, which adjoins the Gulf of Mexico.

We are currently seeking venues interested in exhibiting this powerful and provocative group of quilts. Click here for more infomation.

Oil Stains by Eleanor McCain

Tokyo Great International Quilt Festival

Tokyo Great International Quilt Festival
30 Distinguished Quilt Artists of the World, curated by Robert Shaw
at the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival, 2003

Mother and daughter admiring a quiltAmerican Quilts: The Democratic Art at the Whatcom Museum, August 2012

Preparing a quilt for hanging Preparing a quilt for hanging
Preparing quilts for installation

Download detailed information about currently available exhibitions of antique and contemporary quilts (pdf format)

Quilt exhibitions

The Democratic Art

 American Quilts: The Democratic Art, 1780-2007 by Robert Shaw

American Quilts: The Democratic Art, on view at The Whatcom Museum

Robert Shaw and renowned antique quilt expert and former Esprit Quilt Collection curator Julie Silber have co-curated an exhibition of American quilts based on Shaw's book, American Quilts: The Democratic Art, which was on view at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham Washington, from August 4–October 28, 2012. The exhibition includes extraordinary quilts dating from c. 1800 to 2005 that encompass the full range of American quilts and quiltmaking and make a powerful statement for the quilt as a major American art form.

The exhibition includes a host of masterpieces, from a huge and spectacular c. 1830 Medallion Star with broderie perse appliqué and a magnificent Baltimore Album quilt to pioneering modern quilts by Jean Ray Laury, Nancy Crow, Michael James, and Susan Shie. The show also includes remarkable Amish, Native American, African-American, and Hawaiian quilts, drawn from private and museum collections across the country. This is an exhibition not to be missed by anyone remotely interested in quilts or American art.

We are currently seeking other venues for this exhibition. Contact Robert Shaw for details.

A selection of some of the thirty-five quilts in the American Quilts: The Democratic Art exhibition appears below.
Medallion Star quilt
Medallion Star, c. 1830
Collection of Jane Lury and David Hupert
Whig Rose quilt
Whig Rose with trapunto, c. 1850
Collection of Jean Demeter and Julie Silber
Crown of Thorns, c. 1879
Crown of Thorns, c. 1870
The Volckening Collection

Log Cabin Varuatuib quilt
Log Cabin Light and Dark Variation, c. 1880
Collection of Linda Reuther

Hexagons quilt
Hexagons, c. 1880
Private collection

Applique crib quilt
Appliqué crib quilt, c. 1885
Private collection
Liberty crazy quilt detail
Liberty crazy (detail), c. 1890
Private collection
WCTU quilt
WCTU (Women's Christian Temperance Union) quilt, c. 1890
The Albert and Merry Silber Collection 
Ohio Amish Roman Stripes art quilt
Ohio Amish Roman Stripes,
c. 1910
Private collection
Native American star quilt
Native American Morning Star Variation
Margaret David, c. 1920
Michigan State University Museum Collection

Layered fans quilt
Layered Fans, c. 1920
The Volckening Collection
Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt
Grandmother's Flower Garden, c. 1930
Private Collection
Iris Garland by Hannah Haynes Headlee
Iris Garland , Hannah Haynes Headlee, c. 1935–40
Kansas Historical Society Collection
Hawaiian quilt  
Ka Ua Kani Lehua, c. 1940
Private collection
Log Cabin Variation quilt
African-American Log Cabin Variation, c, 1950-75
Collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Tom's Quilt by Jean Fary Laury
Tom's Quilt
Jean Ray Laury, 1956
Collection of Tom Laury
Lanterns quilt by Vanella Tyler
Lanterns, Vanella Tyler, 1965
Collection of Eli Leon
March Study by Nancy Crow
March Study
, Nancy Crow, 1979
Collection of the artist
Lush Life by Michael James
Lush Life
, Michael James, 1992
Collection of John M. Walsh III

NEO=Buddha by Susan ShieNEO-Buddha, Susan Shie, 2005
Collection of John M. Walsh III

Toward Barred Island by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (detail)

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Toward Barred Island by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (detail)

Bottom left and right: Toward Barred Island (detail) by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade