Opening reception: Friday, February 26, 5:30-7:30 pm
Guest curator Jody Clowes, director of the UW-Madison's School of Human Ecology's Design Gallery, sees Stitched Ground as an exploration of landscape through the painstaking and richly textured medium of fabric and embroidery. Each of the artists in the show—Terese Agnew (Lacrosse), Chris Niver (Milwaukee), Leah Evans (Madison) and Sarah Gagnon (Madison)—use needle and thread to create work that, while unabashedly beautiful, embodies the contradictions implicit in our relationship to the land.
Friday, February 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m., exhibition reception with gallery talk led by guest curator and Design Gallery director Jody Clowes. Exhibiting artists will be present. Gallery talk begins at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 7, 2:00 p.m., Gallery talk with exhibition artist Terese Agnew
Sunday, March 21, 2:00 p.m., Gallery talk with exhibition artist Leah Evans.
Saturday, March 27, 1-3:00 p.m., Children's tour and workshop with the Madison Children's Museum and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; pre-registration required.
Stitched Ground: Four Artists Embroider The Land is supported by the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, by a grant from the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation and the Overture Foundation, by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Anonymous Fund, by Suzanne and Richard R. Pieper Sr., and by Ann Neviaser. Ongoing gallery support comes from DoubleTree Hotel-Madison and Robert & Carroll Heideman. The Wisconsin Academy thanks these sponsors for their generous support.
We would also like to thank the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum for their loans of Terese Agnew's pieces to the exhibition. Finally, we thank the exhibition artists, Terese Agnew, Leah Evans, Sarah Gagnon, and Chris Niver, for their enthusiastic participation in this project..