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Joyful Improvisations: The Quilts of Anna Williams

Exhibition Dates: October 4, 1998 - March 1, 1999

This exhibition introduced the visitor to Anna Williams and her quilts, painting a portrait of her from her childhood on Baton Rouge's Kleinpeter Plantation to her present international reputation as an art quilter. The improvisational aspects of Anna’s quilting were illustrated through comparisons of her quilts with the traditional quilt blocks from which her work stems. The continuity of Anna’s growth as an artist was demonstrated by a quilt series that illuminated the progression of her work in one particular pattern. Pieced quilt blocks developed by elementary school children after their introduction to Anna and her work showed her influence on a new generation of Louisianans. Oral history excerpts and photographs of her home reveled how Anna's use of color define not only her quilts but also other aspects of her life and further illustrate her unique and expressive self. Visit the virtual scrapbook for this exhibition.

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