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Patricia Crews

Willa Cather Professor of Textiles & Founding Director Emeritus of the International Quilt Museum

1984 Ph.D., Textile Science and Conservation, Kansas State University
1973 M.S., Textile Science, Florida State University
1971 B.S., Fashion Design and Merchandising, Virginia Tech

My research interests are focused in two areas: expanding knowledge about American textile history particularly through the study of quilts and quiltmaking traditions; and textile conservation and conservation science.   I have published more than seventy papers concerning the history, conservation and performance of textiles.

My books include Nebraska Quilts and Quiltmakers, which won the Smithsonian’s Frost Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Crafts in 1993; American Quilts in the Modern Age, 1870-1940  (University of Nebraska Press, 2009) and  Wild by Design:  Two Hundred Years of Innovation and Artistry in American Quilts (University of Nebraska Press, 2003).  Wild by Design won the 2004 Textile Society of America’s R. L. Shep Award for best book in the field. 

Currently, I am working on a book entitled American Quilts in the Industrial Age, 1750-1870.  It is the prequel to American Quilts in the Modern Age and will feature the earliest American quilts in the International Quilt Museum’s collections. 

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2006, Inductee in Nebraska State Quilt Guild Hall of Fame2005, International Textile and Apparel Association Distinguished Scholar2005, Florida State University Centennial Laureate2004, Textile Society of America Shep Award for Best Book in the Field for "Wild by Design: Two Hundred Years of Innovation and Artistry in American Quilts" (University of Washington Press, 2003)1998, IANR Extended Education Team Award1994, Asian Cultural Council Summer Fellowship to study textile traditions in Indonesia1993, Frost Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Crafts sponsored by Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution1992, Charman Outstanding Professor Award, College of Home Economics, University of Nebraska1991, Manufactured Fibers Research Award, American Fiber Manufacturers Association and AHEA1991, University of Nebraska, College of Home Economics. Award for Distinguished Scholarly Activity1988, University of Nebraska Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching1983, Founders Fellowship, Phi Upsilon Omicron1982, Kansas State University Excellence in Teaching Award
1984 to present, Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln1996 to present, Acting Chair, Textiles, Clothing and Design Dept., University of Nebraska-Lincoln2000, Founding Director, International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Lincoln, NE1997-2013, Chair, Interdisciplinary Museum Studies Program, Lincoln, NE1995-1997, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln1989-1996, Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln1982, Summer Internship, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History-Division of Textiles1977-84, Instructor of Textiles, Kansas State University 1976-77, Instructor of Textiles and Weaving, Bluefield State College1975, Instructor of Textiles and Weaving, Virginia Western Community College1973-74, Instructor of Textiles, Oregon State University
American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, Senior MemberAmerican Quilt Study GroupAmerican Association of MuseumsAmerican Institute for ConservationAmerican Society for Testing and MaterialsInternational Textile and Apparel AssociationNebraska Museums AssociationNebraska State Historical SocietyNebraska State Quilt GuildTextile Society of America