3 Quilt House candidates to visit campus

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3 Quilt House candidates to visit campus

International Quilt Study Center and Museum

Three candidates have been invited to campus to interview for the position of executive director of Quilt House, home to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in the College of Education and Human Sciences, and located on UNL’s East Campus.

The candidates are:

Arlette Klaric, an independent curator based in Kansas City. Most recently she served as director of exhibitions and education at the Amarillo Museum of Art, Texas. Her previous positions include curator of art exhibitions for ExhibitsUSA, the national touring exhibition program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, a regional nonprofit arts agency in Kansas City, and executive director of The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in Morris Plains, N.J. She has published and curated exhibitions on topics in modern and contemporary American art and design, her areas of specialization. Dr. Klaric has also held a faculty position in design history at Buffalo State College, SUNY, and joint faculty-museum appointments at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and Boston University. She is a member of the American Association of Museums and ArtTable, and earned a doctorate in the history of American art from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Leslie Levy, executive director of the Willa Cather Foundation, an international not-for-profit organization that promotes Willa Cather’s legacy through educational programing, preservation and the arts. Under Levy’s leadership, the Foundation has raised nearly $4 million toward the completion of the National Willa Cather Center. Previously, Levy was Chief of the Consumer Protection/Antitrust Division for the Nebraska Attorney General. During her tenure, the division raised its annual revenue from $400,000 to more than $1.2 million and increased consumer complaint resolutions from 3,000 to 5,600. Levy also oversaw the governance of non-profit organizations and worked with a coalition to raise awareness of governance issues among Nebraska’s non-profits. Levy received both her Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She currently resides in Lincoln.

Robert Shaw, an independent scholar and curator who has been deeply involved with quilts for more than 30 years. Shaw, who is an associate fellow of the IQSCM, is the author of The Art Quilt, American Quilts: The Democratic Art, 1780-2007, and many other books on quilts and American folk art. He served as curator at the Shelburne (VT) Museum from 1981–1994, where he worked with that institution’s world-renowned collections of American folk art; served as curator for Quilts Inc. in Houston from 1998–2003; and is also the former executive director of the nonprofit Quilt Alliance. He has curated quilt exhibitions and lectured at major museums and expositions in the United States, Europe, and Japan; contributed to numerous books and journals; and served as a consultant to museums, private collectors, artists, and Sotheby’s auction house. Robert Shaw received his A.B. from Middlebury College.

Each candidate will make a presentation as part of an open public forum in the Quilt House seminar room on Day 1 of his or her series of interviews. There will be time for questions and answers. Interested members of the campus community are invited to attend. The schedule of these presentations is:

Monday, Jan. 6, 10:30 – Noon, Quilt House Seminar Room – Leslie Levy

Thursday, Jan. 23, 10:30 – Noon, Quilt House Seminar Room – Arlette Klaric

Monday, Jan. 27, 10:30 – Noon , Quilt House Seminar Room – Robert Shaw

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