These are not your grandmother’s quilts. They are quilts with faces, the work of mid-Missouri artist Alison Hughes, and they’re on display at William Woods University.
Called “About Face,” the display is in WWU’s Mildred Cox Gallery through Feb. 4. A reception will be held Friday, Jan. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts. It is free and open to the public.
Hughes works with graphics, fibers, and direct sculpting in both stone and wood. Most of her art is biomorphic or figurative in design. In both her graphics and fiber work, faces are a common theme, and this exploration offers a nice balance to the sculpting in design challenges and color development.
According to Hughes, she can create jackets, pillows and wall hangings using any face. She also does woven baskets and sculpture of alabaster and walnut/mahogany forms.
Gallery hours for the Mildred Cox Gallery are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the gallery is free. For more information, call (573) 592-4245.
Examples of Alison Hughes’ quilted faces.