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January 20 – June 11, 2017
Nancy & Warner Bacon Gallery

Earth Stories is a traveling textile exhibit juried by quilt historian Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi and curated by Leni Levenson Wiener of Studio Art Quilt Associates. Earth Stories showcases work from 24 contemporary international fiber artists, each inspired by issues of environmental concern. The artists employ a variety of techniques, including painting, dyeing, drawing, photo transfer, patchwork, collage, and appliqué, to create compositions that range from abstract to figurative to graphic. They stitch stories of social, economic, and geopolitical significance. This exhibit celebrates stories of people and projects working to protect and restore natural lands and endangered species, increase sustainability through new approaches to agriculture and energy consumption, and otherwise improve the planet we live in.

Beyond admiration for the beauty, design, and technical skill displayed, Dr. Mazloomi hopes the exhibit will also “encourage dialogue, raise consciousness, and empower individuals and communities.” She writes, “The artworks challenge us to see the world we live in differently, with respect for the land and all that live within.”

Lecture by Susan Shie,
“Susan Shie: Visual Activist”

Thursday, March 16, 7:00 p.m.
Special Events Room, Erie Art Museum
Free and open to public

Based in Wooster, Ohio, Shie has exhibited, presented, and taught nationally and internationally since 1986. She is one of the artists featured in Earth Stories, a traveling exhibit now on view at the Erie Art Museum, which showcases works from 24 contemporary international fiber artists, each inspired by issues of environmental concern.

Shie has been awarded artist fellowships by the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and was named Teacher of the Year in 2008 by Professional Quilter Magazine.

Shie teaches drawing and painting classes in person and online, pushing her students to trust that the art they make is perfect, just the way it naturally comes out of them. She believes that there are no rules to what art should look like. Her degrees are a BA in Painting from the College of Wooster and an MFA in Painting from the School of Art of Kent State University.