Lecture: Teresa Duryea Wong
March 21, 2024 @ 10:30 am
The Calling of Quilt Collectors
What makes a quilt collectable? How significant is it to the quilt-maker, to the history of quilting, and to the value of a quilt, to have work considered collectable?
This lecture will explore the collections of a number of major antique quilt collectors and will delve into their vision of the importance of, and responsibility for, preserving this work.
Quilt collectors play a critical role in the circle of life of art. When museums and collectors purchase a quilt, the work of the artist is immediately validated, and the quilt obtains a monetary value that didn’t exist before. The collector also has a critical role in preserving quilts, and ideally, presenting them to viewers, either by hanging it in their home, or loaning it for exhibitions. This lecture will explore the collections of major antique quilt collectors such as Joanna Rose, Eli Leon, and Robert & Ardis James — and why their vision and passion are so important to quilt preservation. In addition, you’ll be introduced to the collections of contemporary quilt collectors, Robert & Helen Cargo, Frank Klein, Jack Walsh, and Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi. Hear the stories of how these collectors came to own hundreds, even thousands of quilts, and learn how their passion kept them hunting for more. Teresa will also bring a trunk show featuring part of her antique quilt collection, plus antique quilt tops she has collected and finished on her longarm machine.
A talented quilter in her own right, Teresa is also an excellent researcher and author. Her five authoritative books cover various aspects of quilting, from the history of cotton and indigo from Japan, and modern quilting in Japan, through the story of cotton growing in America and the history of the Houston Quilt Festival, to the history of native American quilting. Her work is always impeccably researched and engagingly presented. A member of the Board of Directors of the International Quilt Museum. Teresa’s knowledge of all things quilt is widely recognized.