“The Fabric of Community: Traditional Textiles of South Dakota” Exhibit (2004-2006)

This exhibit focused on textile traditions from a number of different communities across the state. The participating artists were:

Leona Barthle, crochet (Sioux Falls)
Celia Bradley, quilts (Hill City)
Dorothy Ellingson, Norwegian Hardanger embroidery (Rapid City)
Diane Fields, Scandinavian nalbinding rugs (Aberdeen)
Marie Good Shield, Lakota star quilts (Rosebud)
Mary Grandi, Czech costumes (Tabor)
Doris Kampen, Norwegian Hardanger & knitting (Canton)
Torleiv Kampen, Norwegian wool spinning (Canton)
Juanita & Sandra Kangas, woven rag rugs (Pierre)
Annikki Marttila, Finnish weaving and knitting (Frederick)
Marianne Marttila-Klipfel, Finnish weaving (Aberdeen)
Dolores Mattson, shirred wool rugs (Keystone)
Irene Schrag, quilts (Freeman)
Linda Vaa, Norwegian costumes (Brookings)

The exhibit was designed and built by the South Dakota Art Museum at SDSU in Brookings,, and then traveled to the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City and the Dacotah Prairie Museum in Aberdeen. Each museum hosted an event with artist demonstrations, and the Dacotah Prairie Museum brought in school tours for hands-on activities.

Exhibit overview
The exhibit at the South Dakota Art Museum, showing Czech costumes, quilts, and rugs on display.

Aberdeen kids
Students from Aberdeen showing off the quilt blocks they made while visiting the exhibit at the Dacotah Prairie Museum.

The brochure that was produced to go with the exhibit.