Susan Shie and James Acord
Owl Woman: A Green Quilt, 1991
Commercial fabrics, beads, puffy paint, leather, found objects, and dyed cotton thread
41 3/4 x 30 1/4 x 1 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Dr. Ellen M. Poss
Photography: Jon Bolton

Shie and Acord: Recent Acquisitions

June 18 – September 24, 2017

Inspired by events and observations from their personal lives, the wife and husband team of Susan Shie and James Acord craft lively quilts that combine text, fabric, thread, paint, and found objects. This show celebrates a recent gift to RAM’s collection of both small- and large-scale works that demonstrate their collaborative working process.

While both artists contribute to their shared pieces in various ways, each does have specific interests and skills that inform their process. Shie—a sewer and painter—thinks about the quilts as diary “pages.” She applies text with a marker or airbrush, and then, hand stitches the printed elements while Acord machine stitches cursive text. Shie also adds paint, hand embroidery, and beadwork as well as sewn and shaped figures. Acord—a maker of custom leather goods—focuses on further hand embellishment and the addition of other crafted narrative elements, such as tooled leather cockroaches and animals. Found objects pulled from every day circumstances—such as an old silk bedspread, eating utensils, and seashells—are attached to the surfaces.

Full of dynamic imagery, color, and pattern, Shie and Acord’s quilts offer opportunities for study and engagement with layers of details. While their works explore personal narratives, the subject matter also reflects their shared compassion for humanity and the environment. In fact, in 1989, Shie founded a project called Green Quilts, which asked “artists to dedicate their quilts to spiritual healing of the environment.” Shie and Acord have made several quilts that address these concerns, three of which are now part of RAM’s collection.

More About the Exhibition

Exhibition Notes (PDF)

Press Room

Shie and Acord: Recent Acquisitions

June 18 – September 24, 2017
Susan Shie and James Acord
Owl Woman: A Green Quilt, 1991
Commercial fabrics, beads, puffy paint, leather, found objects, and dyed cotton thread
41 3/4 x 30 1/4 x 1 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Dr. Ellen M. Poss
Photography: Jon Bolton

Inspired by events and observations from their personal lives, the wife and husband team of Susan Shie and James Acord craft lively quilts that combine text, fabric, thread, paint, and found objects. This show celebrates a recent gift to RAM’s collection of both small- and large-scale works that demonstrate their collaborative working process.

While both artists contribute to their shared pieces in various ways, each does have specific interests and skills that inform their process. Shie—a sewer and painter—thinks about the quilts as diary “pages.” She applies text with a marker or airbrush, and then, hand stitches the printed elements while Acord machine stitches cursive text. Shie also adds paint, hand embroidery, and beadwork as well as sewn and shaped figures. Acord—a maker of custom leather goods—focuses on further hand embellishment and the addition of other crafted narrative elements, such as tooled leather cockroaches and animals. Found objects pulled from every day circumstances—such as an old silk bedspread, eating utensils, and seashells—are attached to the surfaces.

Full of dynamic imagery, color, and pattern, Shie and Acord’s quilts offer opportunities for study and engagement with layers of details. While their works explore personal narratives, the subject matter also reflects their shared compassion for humanity and the environment. In fact, in 1989, Shie founded a project called Green Quilts, which asked “artists to dedicate their quilts to spiritual healing of the environment.” Shie and Acord have made several quilts that address these concerns, three of which are now part of RAM’s collection.

More About the Exhibition

Exhibition Notes (PDF)

Press Room

Gallery of Work

Exhibitions at RAM are made possible by:

Platinum Sponsors

Judith and David Flegel Fund
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Ron and Judith Isaacs
Nicholas and Nancy Kurten
Windgate Foundation

Diamond Sponsors

Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation
Ruffo Family Foundation

Gold Sponsors
Anonymous
David Charak
Silver Sponsors
Art Bridges
A.C. Buhler Family
Andis Foundation
Baird
Lucy G. Feller
Ben and Dawn Flegel
Annette Hirsh Family
J. Jeffers & Co.
Dorothy MacVicar
RDK Foundation

Jan Serr and John Shannon
Bronze Sponsors

Anonymous
Susan Boland
Virginia Buhler
Butcher & Barrel/Amos Los Tacos
Educators Credit Union
Express Employment Professionals
Get Behind the Arts Studio Tour
William A. Guenther
Tom and Sharon Harty
Tony and Andrea Hauser
David and Judy Hecker
Bradley Lynch
Carlotta Miller
Larry and Barbara Newman
The Norbell Foundation
The Prairie School
Georgiana Treivush
Twin Disc, Inc.
Deb and Will Walker

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