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Forced to Flee Gallery Talk By Dr. Susan B. Marks, Exhibition Juror

May 25, 2019
1:30 p.m.
Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts
Free Admission

Photo of Tengo Hambre - an art quilt by Jennifer Day

Join us for an insider’s tour of Forced to Flee with exhibition juror Dr. Susan Beryl Marks! Marks will guide visitors on a revealing tour of works selected for this powerful exhibition – making its national debut at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Tech. Forced to Flee illustrates the global challenges arising from the current refugee crisis impacting countries around the world.

“I was moved to tears by many of the sorrowful stories in these powerful depictions. These works are accessible even if they can make uncomfortable viewing. Audiences will surely come away with images etched into their memories, and with more awareness of the tragic plight of large sections of humanity,” she states.

Marks developed a strong interest in Art and Design History, earning her PhD in Art History from the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom in 2006. Her doctoral thesis explored these divisions by examining contemporary quiltmaking practice which included a comparative study of historical developments in quiltmaking in the United Kingdom and the United States.  Additionally, she has authored numerous essays on a variety of quilt exhibits and quilt related topics, which have been published in exhibition catalogs and magazines. Dr. Marks is currently an Associate Fellow of the International Quilt Study Center, where she is curating an online exhibition. 

Image: Jennifer Day (USA), Tengo Hambre - I am Hungry. Photograph on fabric, canvas, cotton broadcloth, thread. Photo courtesy of the artist.


Not Your Grandma's Quilt Sale

May 25, 2019
2:30 – 4 p.m.
Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts

Backing the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts...One Stitch at a Time.

Donated Quilt by Joan Engel

Help us reach our matching gift challenge of $10,000 to support textile preservation at the Funk Center! Local textile artists have joined forces to raise funds for the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts (RFCTA) at Florida Tech. This free event features a reception and showcase of handcrafted works available for purchase. All proceeds support the RFCTA’s mission and the care of its global textile collection.

Boutique 4 Quilters 
Dominic Agostini Photography
Quilts and Lace
The Quilt Shop
Melbourne Beach Market
Sharon Mischker
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