The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at Saint Vincent College announced that it has been given 301 new woven coverlets by the American Textile History Museum (ATHM) of Lowell, Massachusetts.
“Due to a significant financial deficit, the ATHM board of trustees voted in May of 2016 to permanently close,” explained Lauren M. Churilla, curator of the McCarl Gallery. “As a result, the museum’s collections committee and board of trustees sought to identify committed nonprofit organizations to serve as faithful, long-term stewards of their significant collections.”
“As we engage in this painstaking process to transfer our collections, we have sought organizations of good reputation that can ensure the greatest continuing public access and benefit,” said ATHM Interim executive director Todd Smith. “The Foster and Muriel McCarl Gallery at Saint Vincent College fully meets these criteria and we are confident they will ensure long-term preservation and continuation of this component of ATHM’s mission.”
The acquisition includes 301 woven coverlets including 113 figured and fancy coverlets from the collection of Katherine Hawthorne. Hawthorne was instrumental in the documentation of coverlets for the Anderson/Hawthorne Textile Database and Research Collection (A/H Textile Database and RC), held at the McCarl Gallery. As America’s largest repository of information on 19th century jacquard woven coverlets, the A/H Database and RC contains detailed records on more than 14,000 coverlets loomed primarily in the Middle Atlantic and Midwest United States between 1830 and 1860 and their weavers.
In addition to the coverlets, the McCarl Gallery will receive more than 100 artifacts related to weaving and textile production. Several notable additions include a Jacquard loom head, an assortment of looms including two Pennsylvania Dutch style looms, the research collection of Rita Androsko and various spinning wheels featured in Joan Whittaker Cummer’s 1993 A Book of Spinning Wheels.
“We are thrilled to be able to give the artifacts and textiles from the ATHM Museum a new home,” Churilla commented. “These new acquisitions will allow us to better educate our visitors in the process of textile production.”
The McCarl Gallery will open an exhibition featuring selections from the new collection in the summer of 2017. The collections will also be made available for research and public access.
For additional information, contact Churilla at 724-805-2188 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Two of the coverlets given to the McCarl Gallery by the American Textile Museum.
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