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Jan. 19-Feb. 19: Documentary story quilter exhibit

FREDERICK, Md.—A fiber artist and documentary story quilter will have her quilts on display Jan. 19-Feb. 19 in the Hodson Gallery in Hood College’s Tatem Arts Center.

Joan M.E. Gaither, Ph.D., will exhibit 22 documentary story quilts that represent different aspects and life experiences including familiar memories, stories of others and social justice concerns. Her show is called “I AM: Identity—A Shared History” and is part of the College’s colloquium series, “Narrative at the Edge of the World.”

“Quilts are more than decoration, beauty, comfort and protection,” Gaither said. “By piecing together meaningful fabric, traditional patterns and collaged text and image to tell narrative personal stories, layers of meaning can emerge to document your life experiences, experiences of other people, places and events. In my mind, they tell the human story.”

Gaither, Ph.D., is a former professor and former chair of undergraduate art education at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work has been seen in several museums including the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis and the Maryland Historical Society, the Walters Art Museum and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore.

The exhibit’s opening reception is scheduled for Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. in the Hodson Gallery. The Hodson Gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Gaither will present her artist talk Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center Commons.

The event is part of the Rosenfeld Family Arts and Crafts NEH Gallery Talk and Exhibition Series. The gallery and talk are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jenna Gianni at