Upcoming Exhibitions

Designed to Mobilize: Propaganda Kimono 1920 - 1945

On View: January 26 – May 4, 2019

Curated exclusively from the Center’s permanent collection, this exhibition presents kimono and associated textiles from one of the most distinctive periods of textile production in Japanese history.

The beginning of the 20th century was a time of momentous change in Japanese society. Successes in early military conflicts fueled economic development and a focus on expansionist ideals. By the end of World War I (1914-1918), the country’s focus on establishing its placement as a modern world leader led to a dedicated emphasis on the development of technology and design.

This exhibition will feature over 75 historic textiles and focus on the iconography, motifs, and metaphors displayed in objects manufactured as propaganda during the World War II era - also known as the Asia-Pacific War (1931 – 1945). Produced within a nation primed to advance its cultural identity on the world stage, textiles provide an important lens for understanding the role of consumerism, coercion and fashion during a remarkable and controversial period of transition.


Forced to Flee presented by Studio Art Quit Associates

On view May 25 – August 24, 2019

**Submissions accepted: October 1 – 31, 2018**

This juried quilt exhibition, organized by Studio Art Quilt Associates, will premiere at the Ruth Funk Center for Textiles Arts.

Throughout history people have been forced to flee from their homes for their own safety and survival due to war, oppression, natural disasters, and atrocious human rights violations. The 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees was adopted to address the increasingly growing numbers of people needing protection with the understanding that effective solutions would require international co-operation. That Convention document continues to influence the measures used today to attempt to address the global challenges arising from the current refugee crisis impacting countries across the globe.

Artists are encouraged to illustrate the issues surrounding the global refugee crises, impacts on families and communities, the stress placed on host countries, and the need for new initiatives, funding, and international cooperation to find solutions to the crisis. The selected pieces will not only showcase the artworks, but also encourage the viewer to think deeply and carefully on this timely subject.

Learn more about submissions here!