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   from the issue of June 8, 2006

Quilt center construction begins


Construction of the International Quilt Study Center began officially with a May 12 groundbreaking ceremony.

BREAKING GROUND - Construction of the International Quilt Study Center at 33rd and Holdrege streets officially began with a May 12...
 BREAKING GROUND - Construction of the International Quilt Study Center at 33rd and Holdrege streets officially began with a May 12 ground breaking ceremony. Individuals taking part in the ceremony included (from left) Michael James, Ardis James professor of Textiles, Clothing and Design; Marjorie Kostelnik, dean of CEHS; Patricia Cox Crews, director of the Quilt Center; James B. Milliken, NU president; Harvey Perlman, UNL chancellor; Coleen Seng, mayor of Lincoln; Terry Fairfield, University of Nebraska Foundation. Photo by Brett Hampton/IANR.

The 37,000-square-foot building, at 33rd and Holdrege streets, is scheduled to be open to the public in early 2008.

The quilt center will house three exhibition galleries and state-of-the-art textiles storage, and be an international focal point for the study, conservation and exhibition of quilts.

"The new quilt study center has the potential to become a nationally known destination not only for quilt enthusiasts, but also for historians and students of textile sciences," said Harvey Perlman, chancellor. "This will be a significant resource for our students and faculty as well as the immediate community, the state and the nation."

Groundbreaking activities included visitors signing commemorative quilt blocks and the presentation of a gift to Lincoln Fire Department Station No. 2, a neighbor to the quilt center.

The International Quilt Study Center was founded in 1997 when Nebraska natives Ardis and Robert James of Chappaqua, N.Y., began donating their extensive quilt collection and have since donated more than 1,000 quilts.

The center, part of the Department of Textiles, Clothing and Design in the College of Education and Human Sciences, is the only academic program of its kind dedicated to an international level of scholarly research, education, conservation and exhibition of quilts. It holds the largest publicly owned collection of about 2,000 quilts and is the most diverse collection in existence with representative quilts from 14 countries.

Funding for the $12 million building is being raised solely from private donations by the University of Nebraska Foundation, including a lead gift from the Robert and Ardis James Foundation.

A design for the building was announced in 2005 following a competition that drew interest from 117 architects around the world. The selected design is by Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York with associate architect Alley Poyner Architecture of Nebraska.



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