See the exhibition

Oct. 26 - Nov. 3, 2019 – International Quilt Market & Festival – Houston, TX

Feb. 27 - March 1, 2020 – Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival – Hampton, VA

April 8 - July 12, 2020 – New England Quilt Museum – Lowell, MA

Aug. 4 - Sept. 28, 2020 – Page-Walker Arts & History Center – Cary, NC

Oct. 15 - 18, 2020 – Pacific International Quilt Festival – Santa Clara, CA

Jan. 15 - April 3, 2022 – Visions Art Museum – San Diego, CA


About “A Better World: Heroes working for the greater good”

There are those among us who make personal sacrifices, who forgo comfort and safety while striving to make the world a better place. They are persistent and dogged in their determination to lift, to save, to shed light, to inspire. They are the helpers, the speakers, the ones who act. They soldier on in spite of persecution or personal risk. They seek to help one lone person or the entire planet. They represent the very best of humanity. This exhibit honors these women and men.

“A Better World” is a group exhibition of 40 art quilts designed to inspire and educate viewers about heroes – both anonymous and well known – who have worked to improve our world. Each piece is 30” wide by 50” long. It was curated by artists Lyric Montgomery Kinard (left) and Susan Brubaker Knapp. The creators of the work in “A Better World” are outstanding artists who use a variety of construction and surface design techniques to create complex and beautiful fiber art. The exhibition encourages viewers to appreciate art quilts as expressions of inspiration and activism. We know that communicating through art can help our society work together towards the greater good, towards higher ideals, towards a better world.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors:

Luana Rubin and

PAQA–South (Professional Art Quilter’s Alliance – South)


… and also thanks to:

Kathy York,

Lisa Ellis,


A Better World – Accepted Work

Natalya Khorover Aikens – School Strike

Alex Anderson – Anchor Aweigh

Loris Bogue – Alexander Von Humboldt: Biogeographer

Deborah Boschert – Grass Made It Possible

Earamichia Brown – The Advocate

Sandra Bruce – Yayoi

Kimberley Cartwright – The Opulent Injustice of Fannie Lou Hamer

Cindy Cooksey – My Inner Carl Sagan

Lauretta Crites – Luther Burbank

Maggie Dillon – Through Her Voice

Suzan Engler – Grandmother Wore White Shoes

Frances Holmes – Yellow Bird Woman

Barb Ingersoll  – Build – Make a Difference

Lola Jenkins  – Aretha Franklin

Susanne Jones  – A Transformational Life

Jill Kerttula  – I am a Divisive Issue

Lyric Montgomery Kinard –  The Light Keepers

Susan Brubaker Knapp  – Net of Wonder

Karol Kusmaul  – Magnificent

Jana Lankford  – Fairy Grandmother

Susan Lenz  – We Had a Dream: Equality

Lea McComas  – Malala

Lorie McCown  – Legacy

Susie Monday  – Judy Chicago

Kathy Nida  – Bill! Bill! Bill!

Valerie Paterson  – Hell and Hope

Cindy Pryor  – Drops of Love: A Life Woven with God

Leo Ransom  – The Explosives Inventor

Luana Rubin  – A Mission of Love – Kathy Price

Terri Shinn  – K-9 Search & Rescue

Sarah Ann Smith  – Coach’s Clipboard: Win by Fall

Ana Sumner  – The Coral World

Denny Webster  – Sojourner Truth & Charles White

Enid Weichselbaum  – Brave “Enemies”

Maggie Weiss  – Turning the Tide

Leni Wiener  – Harriet Tubman

Libby Williamson  – Listen to the Leaves

Hope Wilmarth  – Mr. Rogers: Child Advocate

Sabrina Zarco  – Our Lady of Humanitarian Aid

Vivien Zepf  – Wonder and Humility


For more information

Contact the curators by e-mailing Susan and Lyric at

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