University of South Alabama - Library Art Galleries

Current Exhibitions


“Branching Out” And “Funky Self-Portraits”

University of South Alabama Marx Library
First Floor Gallery
August 4, 2015 – October 4, 2015

Two original art quilt exhibits by the Azalea City Art Quilters will be on display in the first floor gallery of the USA Marx Library through October 5, 2015.

A nonprofit organization, the Azalea City Art Quilters (a.k.a. Art Bee) was founded in 2004. Practicing their motto of “nO RuLeS,” the members explore new techniques through individual and group projects. Their original designs are based on their own ideas rather than using traditional patterns. The two exhibits being shown in the Marx Library are colorful, eye-catching displays that showcase the group’s talent, creativity, and originality.

Branching Out” is a large, beautiful tree with outstretched limbs measuring over 15 feet across. To create this collaborative fiber art project, each of the 22 participating members took a section of the tree and had the freedom to interpret it as imaginatively or realistically as desired, using any quilting or fiber art technique. Techniques used include both hand and machine appliqué, painting, fused fabrics, needle felting, embellishments, decorative stitching, and quilting. Together, the sections reflect a wide range of artistic styles and construction methods.

Funky Self-Portraits” is a collection of original, whimsical self-portraits created by the members of the Azalea City Art Quilters. Each quilter did a wild and crazy freehand self-portrait in fabric. No pattern was used, and while certain details such as hairstyle or glasses are accurate, no attempt was made to make the portraits look true-to-life. The result is a group of fun and funky self-portraits in a wide variety of colors and styles. Although each portrait includes a name plate, people who know the members may recognize the artist without reading the name. The group thought it would be fun for people viewing their other exhibit to look at the portraits and get an idea of the person who made each quilt.

The Azalea City Art Quilters are also members of the Azalea City Quilters’ Guild, and both groups welcome new members. For more information on either group, please contact Susan Mogan at 251-458-0246.


“Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) Trunk Show”

University of South Alabama Marx Library
First Floor Gallery
August 4, 2015 – October 4, 2015

The Marx Library announces the opening of a new exhibit presented by Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. The “Studio Art Quilt Associates Trunk Show” will be on display in the first floor gallery of the Library through October 4, 2015.

Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) is an international, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt and the artists who create them. SAQA defines an art quilt as “a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.” The SAQA Trunk Show is a traveling art quilt exhibit designed to showcase SAQA’s diversity of talent and to “promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications.” The Trunk Show brings beautiful, unique, cutting-edge artwork to venues across the United States and around the world. It is a wonderful way for members and nonmembers alike to view and engage with quilts made using a wide variety of styles, techniques, and fibers.

The exhibit consists of a total of 407 quilts, which have been divided into eight trunks containing 51 works of art each (Trunk G has 50). The art quilts in each trunk were selected to include a variety of materials, techniques, and subject matter. Each art quilt is 10" x 7" and is mounted on a black 12" x 9" backing board that is sealed inside a clear, protective envelope. All of the quilts have labels on the back that list information about the artist and provide details about the techniques and materials used to create the quilt.

Fifty quilts from the SAQA Trunk Show have been chosen to become a part of the permanent collection on display at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. When the trunks near the end of their travels in 2017, most of the pieces will become available for purchase through the SAQA Store. The ‘Not For Sale’ works will be returned to the artists and the fifty pieces selected for the National Quilt Museum will be sent to Paducah, Kentucky.


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