“a nerve is not a nerve but a bundle of fibers”

January 30–March 28, 2020*
Beard & Weil Galleries, Watson Fine Arts

This exhibition showcases seven contemporary artists: Caroline Wells Chandler; Pilar Sans Coover; Gabrielle Ferreira; Sean Paul Gallegos; Sarah E. Jenkins; Saberah Malik; and Sarah Zapata, all of whom are working with textiles in innovative ways. Though textiles are often thought of as decorative or functional, the artists in this exhibition address complex ideas of identity and cultural history with large-scale crochet, narrative embroidery, deconstructed sneakers, public sewing circles, and traditional dyeing and weaving.

Opening Reception | January 30, 5:00–7:00 p.m., Haas Concourse & Lobby, Watson Fine Arts 

Sewing Conversations with visiting artist Sarah E. Jenkins
Inspired by her Appalachian family history and the tradition of quilting circles, Jenkins brings people together to sit, talk, and sew.
February 7, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.; February 16, 12:30–2:30 p.m., Beard & Weil Galleries, Watson Fine Arts

*closed March 6 due to COVID-19