Iowa Artisans Gallery hosts the exhibit, Pieces and Resistance: Art Quilts of Pat Pauly, June 7 – July 20, 2013. An award-winning and nationally recognized fiber artist, Pat Pauly’s work exemplifies strong composition coupled with modern interpretation.


Pat Pauly’s work in textiles began in 1980 when she turned to fiber as a medium of choice. Her early showing at the by-now famous Quilt National exhibition cemented her love of working in contemporary fibers with non-traditional surface design. Her pieces have been seen in exhibitions and numerous juried shows including the 1983, 2009 and 2011 Quilt National.
Pauly is known for using vivid and brilliant colors as well as incorporating both commercial and artist-made fabrics in her work. Her large-sized pieces, no doubt influenced by her years of working as an exhibition designer (where scale is everything), prove why Pauly encourages her colleagues to “go big or go home.”


Pauly employs traditional piecing techniques used in quiltmaking. What is different is the use of fabric, in both commercial, as well as the artist-designed fabrics that she makes. Works are fused with silk screened, direct dyed, hand-dyed, shibori (resist) dyed, discharge dyed, or direct painted methods. Most are attached together with machine stitch with a top layer, a batting layer and backing textile.


Pauly’s work has been shown in highly selective juried exhibitions such as Quilt National, Focus Fiber, Quilts =Art=Quilts, Creative Force, and Art Quilts Lowell. She has curated many shows of contemporary fiber art, notably Parallax: Views of Contemporary Quilt Artists and The Exquisite Corpse: Contemporary Art Quilts. Pauly also teaches workshops in design, surface design, and construction techniques. She is a sought-after lecturer on the evolution of traditional quilts to contemporary fiber art.

Iowa Artisans Gallery was established by artists in 1984. features work by American artists and specializes in Midwestern artists.

Daily hours are Monday through Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-5:30pm and Sunday 12-4pm.


at Iowa Artisans Gallery: Pat Pauly, The Easy Life, art quilt, 51 x 51", 2012
at Iowa Artisans Gallery: Pat Pauly, Strangers in Paradise, art quilt, 79 x 42", 2011.
at Iowa Artisans Gallery: Pat Pauly, Stacked Mummy Bag 3, art quilt, 40 x 51", 2010.
at Iowa Artisans Gallery: Pat Pauly, Flying Solo, 24 x 40", 2012.
at Iowa Artisans Gallery: Pat Pauly, Three Mummies Collide, art quilt.
at Iowa Artisans Gallery: Pat Pauly: Pink Leaf 4, Art Quilt, 51 x 51".
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