museum exhibitions

We offer the following fully packaged exhibitions:


Off the Wall: Maverick Quilts
Like with folk sculpture or painting, there’s a sense of play and infectious fun in these quirky, eccentric, and very personal antique Maverick quilts.
Mark My Words: Textiles and Text
Political, religious, factual, memorial, and affection expressed in letters and words on 19th century quilts. Text IN textiles!
American Quilts: The Democratic Art (1750 -2008)
An exhibition based on the award winning book by Robert Shaw. This major exhibition tells the “Big Story” of American quilts and quilt makers. Provides and in-depth look at the art, history and cultural importance of American Quilts. Co-curated by Shaw.
True Blue: Antique Indigo Quilts
The renowned Al and Merry Silber Collection featuring indigo and white quilts made between 1820 and 1900. These “True Blues” were among the favorites of America’s early quilt makers.

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True Blue: Antique Indigo Quilt

The indigo plant, which produces vibrant shades of colorfast, fade-resistant blue dye, was even more widely grown than cotton in early America. Indigo-dyed textiles were a favorite of America’s earliest quiltmakers, and they remained popular throughout the nineteenth century. “True Blue” presents a window into the history of the indigo plant and indigo-dyed fabrics in America through these beautiful quilts.

The exhibit draws on the outstanding collection of blue-and-white quilts assembled by Merry and Al Silber over the past thirty years.

The Silber Collection, which encompasses applique and pieced designs made between 1820 and 1900, has long been recognized as among the finest in the country.


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