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Quilt Exhibition on Display in John A. Day Gallery May 12-June 4

A patch of a quilt. It is red , orange and yellow with a design in the middle. "Threading Through," an exhibition that features quilts from USD faculty and staff, Department of Art alumni, University Art Galleries Northern Plains Indian Art Collection and local community members will be on display in the John A. Day Gallery May 12-June 4.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Art Galleries is proud to announce that the “Threading Through: Quilts as Contemplations of Aesthetics, Nostalgia and Tradition” exhibition will be on display in the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts May 12 – June 4. A reception will be held May 22 from 2-4 p.m.

“Threading Through” will feature diverse approaches to quilt making, including traditional hand-stitched quilts, installation, sculptural and applique.

The exhibition includes quilts from the University Art Galleries Northern Plains Indian Art Collection, USD’s faculty and staff, Department of Art alumni and local community members. Featured artists include Elise Boxer, Joann Hoffman, Amy Jarding, Sara Lampert, Marilyn Nellum, Michael Suing, Gwyn Nell Westerman and Angela Zonunpari.

“A quilt at its most basic is two pieces of fabric on either side of a piece of batting held together by quilting stiches. The approach to quilting is just as vast as the types of quilters who quilt,” said Amy Fill, University Art Galleries director. “Some use traditional quilt block patterning, while modern quilters use bold colors and graphic areas of color that break away from the grid. Art quilting explores new methods of construction and deconstruction of the quilt concept.”

“Threading Through” is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, please contact Amy Fill, University Art Galleries Director, at 605-658-3437 or


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News