Artist and William Woods University alumna Pam Kanagawa RuBert is displaying her 30 quilts and seven drawings on campus through Feb. 27 in the Mildred Cox Gallery of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts.
Drawing and doodling for as long as she can remember, RuBert now uses bright colors and pictures to convey a story with each of her quilts. Many feature a character called PaMdora, who views the world around her with a strange mixture of astonishment, amusement and disbelief.
“My drawings have appeared in many forms, but love of the handcrafted object inspired me to combine drawing with quilts. I like to orchestrate elements of color, pattern, line and texture into a story, often working large so I can have room to add stories within the story,” she said.
RuBert was born in St. Louis, grew up in Jefferson City and now lives in Springfield, Mo. She studied fine art and Japanese studies at Washington University for two years and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in English communications from William Woods University in 1984.
Her husband is a sculptor and together they renovated a 22,000-square-foot peanut butter factory in Springfield to create an art studio.
She has been making art quilts since 2004, and her work has been featured in international exhibits, a PBS documentary and has won awards in the Husqvarna Viking Exhibition and International Quilt Festival.
Currently, her work is being shown at the Fries Museum in the Netherlands and the January-February issue of American Style Magazine. It will also be featured the books Quilting Time and Creative Space and Time, which will be published in the fall.
The Cox Gallery is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. A public reception will be scheduled toward the end of RuBert’s show. For more information, call (573) 592-4245.
Pam RuBert at her sewing machine
Alien Invasion, an art quilt by Pam RuBert
Late Date, an art quilt by Pam RuBert