Announcing a unique cultural engagement initiative with China

Sep. 05, 2012

Quilt making has always been an important tradition in America, and the many styles of American quilts reflect the diversity of the United States itself. The Sum of Many Parts: 25 Quiltmakers from 21st-Century America is an exhibition of quilts by contemporary American artists that will tour throughout China from 2012 to 2014. The exhibition has been jointly developed and managed by Arts Midwest and South Arts in partnership with the United States Embassy-Beijing.

Rise and Shine, Inner City The Sum of Many Parts features twenty-five contemporary quilters from the Midwest, the South, and Hawaii, and highlights a range of quilting styles and techniques while providing an opportunity for Chinese audiences to connect with American culture through our shared love of textile arts. The exhibition will open in Shanghai on September 7, 2012, accompanied by interactive workshops for Chinese audiences and presentations from U.S. arts specialists and quilters featured in the exhibition. The exhibition will then tour for two-month installations at major cultural institutions in the cities of Kunming, Nanning, Changsha, and Dalian.

Image: Rise and Shine, Inner City by Martha Ginn, Hattiesburg, MS. Photo by Mike Jensen.

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