Contemporary Quilt Art: An Introduction and Guide
by Kate Lenkowsky

Contemporary Quilt Art: An Introduction and Guide is the story of the studio quilt, a new form of textile art that is neither well known nor understood. Emerging in the late 20th century when professional artists began to use the structure, materials, and techniques of the traditional craft as a medium for art, studio quilts now range from exquisitely expressive objects to social commentary. Author Kate Lenkowsky presents the work of 19 of the best artists in this field as well as a guide for buyers and collectors to educational resources, the marketplace, art consultants, commissions, appraisals, insurance, display, and care of textile art. Each section of this book can be read independently.


Research was carried out through interviews with artists, collectors, museum curators, gallery directors, art consultants, conservators, appraisers, and insurance agents. A visually dazzling presentation and comprehensive discussion of contemporary work in a medium with a long history, Contemporary Quilt Art provides a history, a current context, and an impressive number of practical considerations for understanding studio quilts. Most important is the book's much-needed chronicle and analysis of the work of a range of innovative makers.


Janet Koplos, Senior Editor,

Art in America

Images from Contemporary Quilt Art: An Introduction and Guide

Quilts are America's most enduringly popular traditional art and since the 1960s, have been invigorated with contemporary ideas. Kate eloquently traces the evolution of the art quilt from the bed to the wall in Contemporary Quilt Art: An Introduction and Guide. Her well-researched and highly readable text accompanies a photographic gallery of art quilts by some of America's most respected makers, defining the quilt art genre and placing it into the context of contemporary painting and the studio craft movement.


Profiles of each artist take the reader inside the artists' studios, revealing both the intellectual and technical content of their work. And, once the reader's appetite is whetted by this visual feast, the author takes us through "A Guide for Buyers and Collectors." Here, the reader can learn where to see art quilts and learn more about the field and what collectors look for. There are suggestions for beginning collectors, how to work with an art consultant or commission a quilt, and how to display and care for studio quilts.


Lloyd E. Herman, Founding Director/Director Emeritus

Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum


An enormously useful and instructive book for devotees as well as potential collectors of art quilts. Having assembled an international group of quilts several years ago for the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, I know that I would have turned to this book as a steady companion in my research. It admirably covers the history of quilts as an artistic medium and presents a thorough overview of the contemporary marketplace. This is a unique book that thoroughly and knowledgeably covers the artistic as well as the practical side of an art form that deserves much praise and support. I highly recommend this much-needed publication.


Ursula Ilse-Neuman, Curator

Museum of Arts &Design, New York


Contemporary Quilt Art: An Introduction and Guide

by Kate Lenkowsky

Gold Prize Winner

Book of the Year

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Reviews of Contemporary Quilt Art


Textile Forum, the magazine of the European Textile Network

Summer 2008

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Quilt Channel: The Web Reference for Quilters

September 3, 2008

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Nov/Dec 2008

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Surface Design Journal

Winter 2008

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Where to Find Copies


Indiana University Press (5 stars!)

Museum shops and bookstores

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Kate Lenkowsky, fiber artist, printmaker & author
c. Kate Lenkowsky 2017