Domestic Interiors: Hand Needlework & The Cult of True Womanhood in 19th Century American Quilts

Date: Time: 8:30 am–4:00 pm
Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery
Home Economics Building, East Campus
1650 N. 35th Street
Contact: Michael James, 402-472-2911,
“Domestic Interiors” documents the remarkable hand-quilting and embroidery found in many 19th century American quilts. Using digital macro photography, graduate student Sarah Walcott explores the ways in which women’s education, along with social and cultural norms, shaped their experiences, identities, and creative lives.

The photographs in the exhibition provide the kind of close-up view of 19th century quilts and quilting usually afforded only to curators or researchers working closely with quilts in a collection, in a conservation laboratory, or in a research setting.

The exhibition runs December 5, 2016 through January 20, 2017. The opening week reception takes place in the gallery on Friday, December 9, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and the general public as well as the university community are invited to attend. A free public lecture by Dr. Claire Nicholas, assistant professor of Textiles and Material Culture, will be offered on January 19, 2017.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Additional Public Info:
Guest parking is available near the building and metered stalls are located in the Nebraska East Union lot.

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