Brown Gallery


Dialogues: Contemporary Responses to Marie Webster Quilts

Indiana’s own Marie Webster (1859-1956) is widely acclaimed as a pioneer in the art of quilt design and construction, publishing the first book solely dedicated to the history of the quilt: Quilts: Their Story and How to Make Them in 1915. Her early 20th century designs recently inspired artists to create small-scale art quilts for an exhibition, Dialogues: Contemporary Responses to Marie Webster Quilts. This juried show is sponsored by the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) featuring 26 pieces from 8 Midwestern states. Each work reflected a unique perspective on Webster’s traditional patterns some one hundred years after the fact. On exhibit in the Brown Gallery February 3 – April 29, 2017.


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Marie Webster: Quilt Pioneer and Entrepreneur 

Dale Drake, local quilt historian and enthusiast, will discuss the life and work of Marie Webster.  Drake will highlight the impact her work had on the quilting world of the Colonial Revival, and how Webster’s work has inspired quilters since her time, including the artist quilters of the Dialogues quilt exhibit currently on display at MCHC. In the Deckard Education Room at MCHC on April 19, 2017, at 6pm.


The Brown Gallery is a rotating exhibit gallery sponsored by Bill C. Brown. New exhibits are installed every 4-6 months.