March is Women’s History Month and the calendar is chock full of days celebrating women and their extraordinary contributions to the arts. Two such days are International Women's Day on March 8 and International SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day on March 29.
In commemorating International Women’s Day, Moore textiles professor Heather Ujiie will be joined by three other distinguished women in the fields of art and material culture for a special panel discussion, “Ain’t I An Artist?” They are mixed media and needlecraft artist Diana Trout, Arcadia University fiber artist professor Carol Loeffler and Elena Dilapi, who helmed the Women's Center at the University of Pennsylvania for 23 years. “Ain’t I An Artist?” is being held on March 9 at Mt. Airy Art Garage in conjunction with its exhibition, Art of the Quilt: Unfolding Our Stories.
According to Sarah Bond, co-curator: “the Art of the Quilt embodies a world of possibilities. So often, we quilters categorize ourselves. We are Art Quilters; we are Modern Quilters; we are Traditional Quilters; we are Beginner Quilters; we are Master Quilters. Defining oneself and one’s artistic identity as a quilter is useful because it gives us a creative focus and establishes a framework within which to express our creative voice. But it sometimes separates us as quilters and deprives us of the nourishment of the art of those quilts we are not seeing, and the wisdom of those quilters who we are not meeting.”