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May 19: Miller Gallery Presents Quilt Artist Nancy Crow's Work, June 12—Aug. 15


Eric Sloss                           

Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery Holds Largest Exhibition
Of Quilt Artist Nancy Crow's Work, June 12—Aug. 15

Nancy Crow, Linear Studies #7, 1995; 39x42PITTSBURGH—The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University presents "Nancy Crow: Works from 1988-2008," featuring more than 50 quilts that make it the largest exhibition ever of Crow's work. Former Miller Gallery Director Petra Fallaux curates the summer exhibition, which opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m., June 12, and runs through Aug. 15.

At 7 p.m., June 11, Crow will lecture and sign copies of her books in McConomy Auditorium in the University Center.

Rather than assembling a "greatest hits" compilation or a chronological survey of Crow's career, "Nancy Crow: Works from 1988-2008" presents the works with an eye toward uncovering the artist's process of discovery in these pivotal years. The exhibition includes examples of her quilts "Bow Tie," "Chinese Souls" and from her "Linear Studies" series, as well as more than 30 works from the "Color Blocks" and "Constructions" series. In addition, a half-dozen new quilts will be unveiled at the exhibition.

Since 1988, Crow has experimented with innovative approaches that push her work well beyond the craft's traditional boundaries, particularly in the areas of color and composition. By exclusively mixing her own dyes and applying them in multiple applications, Crow brings out the utmost intensities and subtleties in color values and hues. Having mastered the art of free cutting, she achieved a compositional freedom that makes new constructions with dazzling lyrical lines and authentic shapes possible.

Much like a great improvisational jazz musician who puts his or her own spin on a song's phrasing, Crow has applied her unique perspective to develop a novel vocabulary of quiltmaking. The artist's honesty and unwavering dedication to her art make her one of the most authoritative and genuine voices in contemporary art today.

The Miller Gallery is located in the Purnell Center for the Arts on Carnegie Mellon's campus. The gallery, free and open to the public, is open from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Visit or for more information.

Pictured above is Linear Studies #7, 1995; 39x42