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Quilter Chawne Kimber Explores Intersections of Activism and Textile Art

October 3, 2017

Chawne Kimber

Join the Pick Museum of Anthropology and NIU’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality for a special lecture by award-winning activist quilter Dr. Chawne Kimber on Tuesday, October 10 at 7 p.m. in Cole Hall Room 100.

In her lecture “In Tall Cotton,” Kimber will present her quilt autobiography, explaining her development into an artist over the past decade. The main themes of her work are identity and difference, censorship, social justice, and Black Lives Matter. These themes are explored in a modern aesthetic. Kimber’s presentation also features a trunk show of quilts that can be viewed on campus only at the lecture.

“The One for Eric G” Photo by Mitch Hopper

Kimber has exhibited quilts and embroidered works in art galleries and at festivals across the United States. Her quilts have been shown at QuiltCon, the International Quilt Festival, Tallgrass Art Gallery, and more. Kimber also teaches quilting techniques nationally and her work can be seen on her blog Completely Cauchy. Three of Kimber’s quilts are featured in the Pick Museum’s current exhibit “Quilts and Human Rights,” including “The One for Eric G.” which she made after Eric Garner was killed.

In addition to her work as a textile artist, Kimber is also a professor of mathematics at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. On October 11 at 12 p.m., Kimber will present a graduate colloquium seminar at the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality in Reavis Hall Room 103. Her seminar, titled “Lab and/verses Studio,” will describe recent explorations of the artistic practices of a handful of women scientists, including herself. She will focus particularly on the various intersections of identities at play and how these subjects make decisions with those in mind.

“Quilts and Human Rights” is open now through Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at the Pick Museum of Anthropology at NIU. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free, and all are welcome. Come on your own or book a free guided tour by visiting the museum’s online tour reservation form.

The exhibit is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Cordogan, Clark and Associates Inc., and all exhibit programming is co-sponsored by NIU’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality and The Graduate School.