Quirky to Modern Art Quilts exhibit coming to OCCC’s Inasmuch Foundation Gallery

Judy Steiger Howard's collection will be displayed Aug. 31 through Oct. 20

    (Published: 08-24-17)

A quirky, modern quilt from Judy Steiger Howard's collection of quilts.

There’s a little hippie in all of us; the Quirky to Modern Art Quilts-Hippie at Heart exhibit, a selection of quilts from the collection of Judy Steiger Howard, will be displayed at Oklahoma City Community College’s (OCCC) Inasmuch Foundation Gallery Thursday, Aug. 31 through Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. 

The exhibit explores the “quirky” and modern art quilt movements from the 1960s to present day and the influence of the hippie ideology on quilting. Quilters from the 1800s through today have aimed at changing the world by leaving a legacy of creative kindness, love and story that only quilts can provide. Artists desire to express beauty, love, thoughts, religious and political beliefs, pain and victories through quilting–to paint their stories and capture their memories and dreams with needle and thread.

Some quilt hippies, like the hippies of the sixties, desire to return to a simpler minimalistic lifestyle, back to nature, recycling and making do with materials on hand. These quilt hippies are reassessing their purpose and the meaning of life in the greater scheme – a process of enlightenment. Quilt hippies express their journeys in various ways by creating outside the box, using hand dyed or painted and bizarre fabrics, digital photos of nature and loved ones, and outrageous colors and improvisational patterns.

OCCC’s Inasmuch Foundation Gallery is located inside the college’s Visual and Performing Arts Center at 7777 S. May Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK. For more information about the gallery and current and future shows, visit www.occc.edu/cp or call 405-682-7576.

Judy Steiger Howard, owner and operator of Buckboard Antique Quilts since 1976, developed her love of quilts while taking a class from nationally renowned fiber artist Terrie Mangat, when antique quilts became her specialty. Her celebrity client list includes America’s sweetheart, Julia Roberts, as well as Jessica Lange and Dustin Hoffman. Howard is also very adamant about donating to charity in exchange for quilts from her collections. For more information about Judy Steiger Howard or her collections, visit www.BuckboardQuilts.com.

OCCC enrolls more than 20,000 students and is currently the largest adult basic education provider in the state. OCCC offers a full range of associate degree programs that prepare students to transfer to baccalaureate institutions while other degree and certificate programs prepare students for immediate employment. At OCCC, students receive a quality education with small class sizes, dedicated professors and leadership opportunities. Students can choose from more than 80 major fields of study and participate in any of the 40+ clubs and organizations. For more information about OCCC, visit www.occc.edu.