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Shelley Thornton – Textile Art Dolls

Date: Time: 8:30 am–4:00 pm
Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery Room: 231
1650 North 35th Street
Home Economics Building
Lincoln NE 68583-0802
Additional Info: Free and open to the public Monday - Friday. Closed university holidays
Contact: Rosanne Samuelson, 402 472-2911, rsamuelson1@unl.edu
In 1992, Shelley Thornton, a lifelong artist, turned to the medium of textiles, creating one-of-a-kind cloth art dolls with embroidered, needle-sculpted faces, wooden ball joints, and her unique, signature-style stuffed cloth hair. Her 28” figures are meticulously costumed, juxtaposing unexpected combinations of alluring textiles into collages of patterns and colors. Thornton was elected into the prestigious National Institute of American Doll Artists in 1995, and is known internationally for her work. In addition to dolls, this exhibit features a crazy quilt, a fabric self-portrait, and a full-wall projection of a digital animation created by the artist as a fanciful interpretation of her studio.

This exhibition will showcase both Shelley Thornton’s dolls and will showcase a new outcome in her art practice, animation! She will use the gallery’s state of the art projection system to show a 30 foot wide by 9 foot tall animation. The animation will explore her home environment, studio, and materials used in doll creation.

Photo credit: Barbra Porter

Additional Public Info:
Free and open to the public.

https://cehs.unl.edu/textilegallery/textile-art-dolls/

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