Collection size: 1.0 linear ft.
Collection Summary: Exhibition proposal; letters; files for each of the 54 participating artists containing correspondence, resumes, fabric samples, writings, photographs, and printed material; related correspondence with other artists; the exhibition catalog "Art Quilts: Playing with a Full Deck" (1994) by Sue Pierce and Verna Suit; a résumé, letters and published writings of Verna Suit; exhibition programs and other printed material regarding the exhibition's tour (it was circulated under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service); two sets of "The Art Quilt A Full Deck" playing cards; a 1996 calendar, "Face Cards from Art Quilts: Playing with a Full Deck"; press clippings concerning the exhibition, 1994-1002; and miscellany.
Biographical/Historical Note: Quiltmaker, curator; Rockville, Md.
Donated 2002 by Sue Pirece as part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America. Sue Pierce gathered this material in the course of organizing the "Full Deck" exhibition. In 1992, Pierce asked 54 art quilters to each pick one unique playing card and interpret the card in quilt form using a standard size and thickness. The result was a theme exhibition, "Full Deck Art Quilts", that conveyed the expressive possibilites and vitality of American art quilts. The exhibition, which premiered in 1995 at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, was circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) across the country.