The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, is hosting HERstory, a celebration of influential women in American history. One hundred and five women will be honored at the event, including Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey (pictured below), Hilary Clinton and Coco Chanel, by quilt artists around the world from December 7-April 9. The featured artists number 84 from seven countries.
HERstory is a curation of quilts featuring strong women, culled by fiber artist Suzanne M. Jones. Her work has been displayed at the Houston International Quilt Festival, and she has also curated a quilt collection celebrating the moonwalk called Fly Me to the Moon.
The National Quilt Museum was created in 1991 by local quilters Bill and Meredith Schroedor of Paducah. Both quilting enthusiasts, they aimed to start a museum that would celebrate the work of today’s quilters and advance the art of quilting by bringing it to audiences that had previously not experienced the art form. The Schroeders chose to build the museum in their hometown to give back to the community. The $2.2 million facility sits two blocks from the Ohio River in historic downtown Paducah, and its collection exceeds 600 works of quilt and fiber art.
Along with the HERstory exhibit, this museum features fiber artists, historical quilts from around the world, quilting workshops for youth and adults and more in this UNESCO Creative City.
Photos provided by HERstory.