Current Exhibition

Maggy Rozycki Hiltner: Not Quite Sew

May 19 - August 11, 2018

At first glance, Maggy Rozycki Hiltner’s idealized embroideries – hand-stitched from the salvaged and recycled materials she collects – invoke themes of nostalgia and whimsy. Closer inspection reveals more subversive connotations which explore the artist’s personal and universal critiques of gender, family and intimacy. Sometimes it’s a malicious undertone to the relationships, or a lack of self-control on the part of the characters, or maybe an “otherworldliness” hidden in the everyday.

Fabric and stitching are familiar to most people: a comfortable and innocuous medium. The discarded household goods Hiltner uses have a history of some other person’s place, actions and time. She often finds these trivial decorations to be ominously full of double meanings. Visually, her compositions are characterized by carefully planned, neat stitches in contrast with kinetic, abrupt lines to move the narrative and give voice to the characters.

Hiltner’s work has been featured in art museums and galleries nationwide including Missoula Art Museum, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and The Textile Museum in Washington D.C. She has been showcased in numerous publications including American Craft, FiberArts and Interview magazines and was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts’ Artist’s Innovation Award for the state of Montana.

The Ruth Funk Center is pleased to present Hiltner’s embroidered textiles in conjunction with the traveling exhibition Apron Strings: Ties to the Past.


Apron Strings: Ties to the Past

May 19 – August 11, 2018

Although taken for granted by many social and art historians, the apron is the subject of a fascinating reevaluation in this exhibition. Apron Strings: Ties to the Past features fifty-one vintage and contemporary examples that review the apron’s role as an emotionally charged vehicle for expression with a rich and varied craft history that is still viable today.

Using aprons dating from the turn of the 20th century through the present, the exhibition chronicles changing attitudes toward women and domestic work. It also surveys the wide range of design and craft techniques apron-makers have used to express themselves, while still working within creative venues traditionally available to women. Today, artists continue using aprons to explore cultural myths and realities as well as their individual experiences with American domesticity.

Apron Strings is organized into several thematic groups addressing design, historical context, use, and cultural message. The exhibition serves as an excellent tool to bring together diverse parts of the community through shared experiences with, and memories of, a common, everyday textile.

A program of Exhibits USA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts.