Award-winning Quilt Artist to Speak at Martin Museum of Art

Oct. 28, 2009

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Award-winning quilt artist and author Kate Lenkowsky will present a lecture at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in Martin Museum of Art.

Lenkowsky's topic is, "That's a Quilt? Tracing the Lineage of Contemporary Quilt Art." She is known for her quilt, Call to Service, which illustrates volunteers serving their communities. The quilt hangs in the entry of the Corporation for National and Community Service headquarters in Washington, D.C.

"My focus there was the ways in which contemporary artists are re-interpreting American and global textile traditions in their quilt art," wrote Lenkowsky in describing her work.

She has quilted for 15 years and has exhibited her work in both public and private locations. Lenkowsky earned her master's degree in social services from Boston University in Boston and worked early in her career as a hospital social worker.

"Quilts made by artists give visual form to their ongoing explorations of concepts, line, shape, texture, color, light, and techniques," Lenkowsky said in an interview with the Indiana University Press.

She has written about dyslexia and Indianapolis history. Her book, Contemporary Quilt Art: an Introduction and Guide, was published by Indiana University Press. Her most recent article, "Art and Nature: Content in Australian Quilts," was published in the Surface Design Journal Spring 2009 edition.

"The fabric and structure of the quilt and the metaphor evoked by the quilt medium are an integral part of their art," Lenkowsky said in an interview with the Indiana University Press.

Martin Museum of Art is in Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, 60 Baylor Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Admission is free.

For more information, call (254) 710-1867 or visit www.baylor.edu/martinmuseum.

by Jessica Puente, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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