In 2016, the Muskegon Museum of Art and the legendary fine art quilt maker Nancy Crow invited artists from around the world to create quilts improvising around the Bull’s Eye pattern: a four quadrant design with a bull’s eye at the center of each quarter. Artists from the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, and South Africa responded to the invitation, deconstructing and re-assembling the bull’s eye into new compositions featuring strong colors and shapes organized into dynamically rhythmic compositions. These artists created artworks that stretch the possibilities of the machine-pieced quilt and convey a sense of energy and excitement. The KIA’s walls will be covered by 18 full-size quilts this Fall.
Many of the artists maintain the quadrants, with circles that vary from the rigidly geometric to wildly organic. For others, the circles break their boundaries, shift in scale, or even come to dominate the entire plane. This variety is a celebration of creativity and visual experimentation. For the viewer, it is an invitation to experience the many possibilities of color and shape, and to evaluate the success of each artist in transforming the simple bull’s eye into something more.
Guided tours run 45-60 minutes depending on student grade level. Tours are limited to a maximum of 60 students per group. Contact the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts to schedule tours at least three weeks in advance.
Information for EFA Presents!
The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts offers docent-guided tours of Circular Abstractions free-of-charge to school groups. Tours do not count towards using your school’s EFA Presents! Admission Credits.
The huge range of colors and dynamic energy is some of the best seen on quilts in some time – Nancy Crow