Food For Thought Quilts

The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum is pleased to announce a new spring exhibit entitled, Food for Thought, which features quilts on loan from Studio Art Quilt Associates. Food for Thought includes 34 art quilts from around the world that examine the many aspects that food plays in our daily lives — from a single piece of fruit to a still life, from the family table to the significance of food in culture and the celebration of family milestones. The exhibit will be on display January 31 – April 1.

Food For Thought ExhibitWe eat every day, but how often do we really think about the food we eat? Every culture has its celebrations, family meals, and traditions that involve food. Although these vary in different parts of the world, the impact of food is unmistakable. Food nourishes and fuels our bodies, food traditions nurture our souls.

“As a history museum, we celebrate traditional crafts like quilting and want to explore how artists use these traditional skills today,” said Museum Director, Stephanie Long. The exhibit features quilters from all over the United States, as well as Australia, Japan, Israel, and Quebec. The show is traveling to twelve different venues in the United States and abroad.

Studio Art Quilt Associates is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting these art quilts and the artists who create them. Founded in 1989 by an initial group of 50 artists, SAQA members now number more than 3,400 artists, teachers, collectors, gallery owners, museum curators and corporate sponsors. In addition to mounting museum-quality exhibitions that travel the world, SAQA documents the art quilt movement through exhibition catalogs and the continuing series of Portfolios, the art quilt sourcebook.

Food for Thought can be viewed with regular admission to the museum, Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and is part of the regular schedule of changing exhibits at the museum. The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum is located at 315 W. Avenue B in downtown Temple.

More information about the exhibit can be found on the SAQA website: