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Reception and Gallery Talk with MJ Kinman

  • Hastings College Department of Visual Arts Hastings College, JDAC, 700 E 12th Street, Hastings, Nebraska 68901 (map)

Hastings College Department of Visual Arts proudly presents:
Fire and Ice: The Faceted Textiles of MJ Kinman
January 12th
5:00 pm - Reception begins
6:00 pm - Gallery Talk

Artist Bio
I like to say I make the biggest diamonds in the world. Yet instead of working with the hardest substances on Earth, I work with the softest – cloth. The idea to create giant gem portraits took hold of my soul 20 years ago when I was a novice quiltmaker. I began this work as a hobby which has since grown into a passion that has enriched my life.
The adventure started years ago when I stumbled across an image of a gorgeous gem. With only a basic understanding of quilting techniques and no knowledge whatsoever of gemology, I was unsure how to transform that image into an art quilt. However, I knew there had to be a way and I was determined to find it. After seven years of research and experimentation, I made my first gem portrait.

I work with fabric and paint to create giant portraits of colored gemstones. Inspired by the image of an actual stone, I study the gem to understand its personality. I work in a large format to convey the story of light and color encased within its facets. While I prefer to work in a series, each piece is unique in its design. My current series is titled “Bourbon Diamonds” and celebrates Kentucky’s iconic spirit. Each one of my art quilts is created with hand-painted fabric and finished with traditional quiltmaking techniques.

· My work was featured in the August/September 2017 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, the premier publication for the art quilt movement.
· I taped three segments of Quilting Arts TV in September which will be aired on PBS stations around the country in 2018.
· Two major international companies in the quilt industry have invited me to participate in their Designer Endorsement Programs (Sulky of America and The Warm Company).
· I have recently entered into agreements with a major industry distribution company (Brewer Quilting & Sewing Supplies) and a book publisher (C&T Publishing).
· I am in discussion with several fabric companies to develop a fabric line inspired by my gems.
· The Women’s Jewelry Association featured an exhibit of my gems at their 2017 Awards for Excellence Gala in New York City (see the image on next page).
· I have received permission from curators at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History to develop a series inspired by America’s National Gem Collection. 
· Maker’s Mark Distillery commissioned an original piece for installation in March 2018 at their Loretto, Kentucky facility.
· American Quilters Society will display my Bourbon Diamonds in a special exhibit at their Fall 2018 show in Paducah, Kentucky.

During my adventure developing my diamond quilts, I worked in both the non-profit and corporate worlds. I had obtained my Bachelors of Social Work from Bowling Green State University (OH) and my Masters of Social Work from University of Michigan and worked first as a family social worker and then as an administrator and fundraiser for numerous organizations in Ohio and Kentucky. I also taught classes in individual behavioral therapy and group therapy.

I made the leap from the non-profit sector to the private sector in 2000, and have since worked primarily as a business analyst and technical project manager. When I left the corporate world in 2014, I was running project teams focused on mergers and acquisitions and system implementations for a Fortune 100 company in Louisville, KY.

JDAC Hours 2017
Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
700 East 12th Street

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