Quilts: Uncovering

Women’s Stories

Now Open – January 3, 2021

Quilts embody personal stories and symbolize community relationships. They document people, places and events, and serve as visual records. Explore the diverse experiences of women in the West and Native America through themes of family and community, ethnic and regional identity and political power and agency.

Quilts Embody Personal Stories and Symbolize Community Relationships

What is it: An exhibit that features approximately 30 fascinating quilts by women artists from the early 1800s to the present day in the Western states and reveals captivating experiences and stories of women in the West and Native America. The quilts document people, places and events, and serve as visual records that help us study and understand Western art, history and cultures.

Visitors can expect to see historic and contemporary quilts that encompass a variety of styles and convey the life experiences of the women who created them and the times in which they lived. Learn about women artists from different backgrounds, ethnicity’s and time periods, and encounter quilts as physical manifestations of community experiences that express ideas and political opinions. Quilts in the exhibition are organized into three broad themes: family, friends and personal relationships; ethnic and regional identity; and political agency and power.

Everyday Interactives
Enjoy engaging interactives for all ages, including a family guide, quilt block design, Community Corner demonstrations and more.

Ongoing Programming
Quilts: Uncovering Women’s Stories includes guest speakers, gallery tours and collaborations with community groups.

Plan your visit to see this exhibit

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How to visit: See exhibit Mon-Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission: Exhibit is included with the cost of museum admission

Call for Community Art

NOUN: 1. A combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form
that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. (Oxford English Dictionary)

A Sense of Beauty
As a part of the museum’s 30th anniversary celebration, you (and everyone else you know) are invited to create artwork inspired by the theme, Beauty. Artwork will be on display in conjunction with the exhibition, A Sense of Beauty, which opens March 9. So get out your paints, pencils, tablets or whatever medium you choose and create some art! (Public artwork will be hung within ten days of receipt after March 9, 2019 and be on display through August 4, 2019.)

Criteria: artwork must be original and inspired by the theme Beauty
2-D only; 4” x 4” size (unframed)
a signed consent form must accompany the entry

Send your entry to:
Public Programs
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-270

Please download the consent form by clicking here, fill it out and include it with your submission.

You’re invited!


Join us for a special 30th Anniversary Party, which will kick off a yearlong celebration at the museum.


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