Textile Center Presents Florida Quilt Exhibit and Selections by National Artist Yvonne Porcella

The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology is ready to unveil its newest exhibit and first juried exhibition of art quilts, FLORIDA IN FABRIC, Wish You Were Here!

The thirteen week exhibit (May 19 – Aug. 18) will feature 15 original quilts created by Florida artists and a special exhibition featuring national artist Yvonne Porcella entitled Yvonne Porcella: Quilt Selections 1986 – 2012. The collection includes quilts from Porcella’s recent retrospective at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock, Calif., as well as contemporary work inspired by the state of Florida.

The quilts were selected by a distinguished panel of jurors: artist Yvonne Porcella of Modesto, Calif.; Jeana Elizabeth Brunson, director of the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee; and quilt scholar and independent curator Gloria Craft Comstock of Gainesville, Fla.

FLORIDA IN FABRIC aims to promote an appreciation of quilt making as an art form and to provide Florida quilters with an opportunity to display their quilts in the state’s premier textile arts center. Art accepted for this exhibition exemplifies innovation in quilting and surface design techniques as well as excellence in artistic composition and craftsmanship.

To celebrate the exhibits’ launch, Porcella will present a free gallery talk at the Funk Center May 19 at 2 p.m.

Regular hours for the Ruth Funk Center are Tuesday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m. The Center is located next to Evans Library on the Florida Tech campus in Melbourne at 150 W. University Blvd. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://textiles.fit.edu or call (321) 674-8313.

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