The Source for Contemporary Art Quilts, Exhibitions & Appraisals


The Art of the Quilt specializes in sales, exhibitions, and appraisals of contemporary art quilts. We represent some of the most important and innovative artists at work today and offer carefully selected quilts in a wide range of sizes, styles, and prices. Our clients include the Baltimore Museum of Art, the New England Quilt Museum, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, the Shelburne Museum, and the Shipley Art Gallery in Great Britain. We also provide an exceptional range of quilt-related services, including collection consultation, lectures, appraisals, and brokerage, and offer a variety of ready-to-hang loan exhibitions of stunning contemporary and antique quilts to museum and expositions around the word.


The Art Quilt by Robert Shaw

The Art Quilt
by Robert Shaw

Art quilts, which combine quilt traditions with modern aesthetics and studio methods, are a vibrant but still underappreciated area of contemporary art. Art quilts make stunning wall displays and will warm and enliven any space where they are shown, whether a home, office, hotel, hospital, bank, school, or corporate headquarters.

This is an ideal time to collect art quilts, and we can help you find the finest artists and best pieces currently available. The works we offer are created by master artists who have worked in the quilt medium for decades. Examples of their work can be found in the collections of such major museums as the the National Museum of American Art's Renwick Gallery/Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, the National Museums of Scotland, the Philadelphia Museum of Art,the Peabody Essex Museum, and the de Young Museum of Fine Arts in San Francisco, as well as in major private, corporate, and institutional collections around the world.

Art of the Quilt principal Robert Shaw is the author of the definitive books The Art Quilt and American Quilts: The Democratic Art and has worked as a museum and private curator for more than thirty years.

In addition to offering remarkable quilts by leading artists for sale, we also work with private collectors, corporations, and institutions to provide commissioned pieces made to fit special places and themes. Please contact us for more information about commissioning work from our artists.

We also provide an exceptional range of quilt-related services, including collection consultation and curatorial work, lectures, appraisals, and brokerage, and we offer a variety of loan exhibitions of stunning contemporary and antique quilts to museums and expositions around the world.

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about our artists, quilts and services. We look forward to hearing from you.


 American Quilts: The Democratic Art by Robert Shaw Robert Shaw discussing a quilt

The Art Quilt by Robert Shaw

Art Quilts: A Celebration by Robert Shaw

Robert Shaw is a one of the most highly regarded experts on contemporary and antique quilts in the world, and the author of such definitive, critically acclaimed books as The Art Quilt, Art Quilts: A Celebration, Hawaiian Quilt Masterpieces, and Quilts: A Living Tradition. His most recent book, American Quilts: The Democratic Art, offers the first truly comprehensive study of the art of American quilts and quiltmaking. In a review in CHOICE magazine, Bernard L. Herman, the George B. Tindall Professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina, called the book, "A rich and beautifully crafted introduction to American quilts from the Colonial period to the present [that] offers an engaging and sophisticated synthesis for readers who wish to learn about the art of the quilt in its many contexts. Ultimately, Shaw's narrative is what makes this book an enduring work. Readers new to the field will discover the quilt as a remarkable art form; readers knowledgeable in histories of the quilt will discover fresh information and insight. Highly recommended."

Bob was curator at the Shelburne Museum from 1981–1994, where he worked with that institution's world-renowned collections of American folk art, and served as curator of special exhibits for Quilts Inc./International Quilt Festival in Houston from 1998–2003. He has curated exhibitions of antique and contemporary quilts at major museums and expositions in the United States, Europe, and Japan, including the National Gallery of Art, the New England Quilt Museum, the University of Michigan Art Museum, and the Tokyo Great International Quilt Festival; and lectured at the American Folk Art Museum, the Museum of Arts & Design, the de Young Museum of Fine Arts, the Fenimore Art Museum, and dozens of other venues. Bob also has contributed to numerous books and exhibition catalogs; written articles for The Magazine Antiques, Quilter's Newsletter, Fiber Arts, and Early American Life; and served as a consultant to museums, private collectors, artists, and Sotheby's.


About Art Quilts and Collecting Art Quilts


Read Robert Shaw's illustrated history of the art quilt movement, which includes a special section
on building, displaying, and caring for a collection of quality pieces.
From Art Quilts: A Celebration, see pp. 8-25.
Contemporary Quilts by Robert Shaw by

Articles and Reviews

Read "A Brief History of the Art Quilt," four articles written by Rober Shaw for the SAQA Journal in 2013-2014

Read the New York Times review of the exhibition “Art Quilts: Contemporary Expressions From the Collection of John M. Walsh III.”

Read Robert Shaw's article "John M. Walsh III: Passionate Patron of the Art Quilt," originally published in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine

Revisiting the Art Quilt," exhibition at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum

Read "A History of the Art Quilt,"
a chapter from Robert Shaw's1997 book The Art Quilt

Scholarly Perspective: An Interview with Robert Shaw by Quilter's Newsletter


The photograph of Robert Shaw is by William Volckening.


Toward Barred Island by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (detail)

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Toward Barred Island by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (detail)


Bottom left and right: Toward Barred Island (detail) by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade