Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery features Shelley Thornton's Textile Art Dolls

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Date: Jun 10 - Sep 6
Venue: Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery UNL East Campus
Location: 1650 N. 35th Street
Ticket Price: Free
Time: 8:30am- 4pm Mon.- Fri. (closed all major holidays)
Phone: (402) 472-5449

In 1992, Shelley Thornton, a lifelong artist, turned to the medium of textiles, creating one-of-a-kind cloth art dolls with embroidered, needle-sculpted faces, wooden ball joints, and her unique, signature-style stuffed cloth hair. Her 28” figures are meticulously costumed, juxtaposing unexpected combinations of alluring textiles into collages of patterns and colors. Thornton was elected into the prestigious National Institute of American Doll Artists in 1995, and is known internationally for her work. In addition to dolls, this exhibit features a crazy quilt, a fabric self-portrait, and a full-wall projection of a digital animation created by the artist as a fanciful interpretation of her studio. This exhibition will showcase both Shelley Thornton’s dolls and will showcase a new outcome in her art practice, animation! She will use the gallery’s state of the art projection system to show a 30 foot wide by 9 foot tall animation. The animation will explore her home environment, studio, and materials used in doll creation. Additional Public Info: Free and open to the public.