Patricia Cox Crews is Willa Cather Professor of Textiles and Founding Director Emeritus of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. The academic center offers a unique graduate program in quilt studies. The museum holds the world’s largest collection of quilts. She is author of Nebraska Quilts and Quiltmakers, winner of the 1993 Smithsonian’s Frost Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Crafts, American Quilts in the Modern Age and Wild by Design: Two Hundred Years of Innovation and Artistry in American Quilts, which won the 2004 Textile Society of America’s award for best book in the field.
Carolyn Ducey is curator of collections at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. She oversees new acquisitions and ongoing care of the Museum’s collection of nearly 4,000 quilts. She has curated a number of exhibitions, including Chintz Appliqué: From Imitation to Icon and The Collector’s Eye: Amish Quilts from the International Quilt Study Center Collections, and co-curated Quilts in Common, the inaugural exhibition of Center’s new museum. She is also author of the monograph Chintz Appliqué: from Imitation to Icon, (2008), co-author of What’s in a Name: Inscribed Quilts (2012), and a contributing author of Wild by Design: Two Hundred Years of Innovation and Artistry in American Quilts (2003). Carolyn earned a M.A. in American art history from Indiana University in 1998, and her Ph.D.in Textiles, Clothing & Design, with an emphasis in quilt studies at the University of Nebraska in 2010. Her research focused on 1840s chintz applique signature quilts made in the Delaware River Valley.
Christine Humphrey is Collections and Research Assistant on the research team for the International Quilt Study Center & Museum’s collections catalog, American Quilts in the Industrial Age (anticipated publication date, 2017). A doctoral student in the Textiles, Merchandising, & Fashion Design Department of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, her research is on the cultural and social contexts of the quilt documentation projects and contemporary quilt movement.