The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum has announced two fresh new shows running April 18 through July 16.

The first is a juried exhibit that showcases the personal journeys of quilters and fiber artists by looking at their transformation as artists.

Simply called, “Evolution: Looking Back, Moving Forward,” asked quilters to compare their first quilt with their most current creation.

RMQM then challenged entrants to take that knowledge and create their concept of an evolution quilt that represents their transition in the art form. The entrants could interpret evolutions any way they chose —on a personal level, on a global level, or related to changes and growth of their favorite means of creative expression, the quilt.

Ribbons will be awarded for first, second, and third place. The first-place winner will have a solo exhibit at RMQM in 2023.

A solo exhibition by Kansas quilt artist Kathy Suprenant runs simultaneously.

“What Did Ming Miss?” is Suprenant’s take on the discovery of a 500-year-old clam dredged up in 2006 from the North Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Ireland.

Experts used radiometric dating as well as counting the growth lines in the shell, to determine the clam’s age. The clam was nicknamed “Ming” because it was “born” around the time of China’s great Ming dynasty.

A retired molecular bioscience professor, Suprenant wondered what the ancient clam may have missed during those 50o years underseas, and Ming became her artistic muse.

Her work ranges from whimsical and idiomatic to serious, topical and wrapped in social commentary.

The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum opened in 1990 in downtown Golden, Colorado, with a gift of 101 quilts from the personal collection of Eugenia Mitchell, the museum’s founder.

RMQM was the third quilt museum in the United States in 1990 and is now one of 11 dedicated quilt museums in the country.

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