Exhibit ‘Joyful’ by Etsuko Tamaki, one of the 100 quilts in the ‘Contemporary Japanese Quilts’ exhibition opening Oct. 16 at the Indiana State Museum; 232-1637. The Indiana State Museum will open Contemporary Japanese Quilts Oct. 16. Explore the exotic world of Japanese quilts in this colorful special exhibit that features 100 new works by internationally recognized Japanese textile artists.

Presented by the Indiana State Museum and the Japan-America Society of Indiana, Contemporary Japanese Quilts makes Indianapolis its only Midwest stop. Juried by the Japan Handicrafts Instructors’ Association, this exhibition represents the very best in an ongoing synthesis of Western expressionism with traditional Japanese aesthetics.

Contemporary Japanese Quilts was organized by the Asian Art Coordinating Council in conjunction with Japanese collaborator Kokusai Art and is touring major cities in Japan, Australia, Europe and the United States. The Indiana State Museum presents the quilts in two of its galleries: the Wilbur E. and Florence Jeup Ford Gallery and the NiSource Gallery of Indiana Art.

The exhibit will remain on view through Jan. 2, 2005. For information: www.IN.gov/ism/ or call 232-1637. The museum is located at 650 W. Washington St.

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