Shelly Zegart is an internationally recognized expert on American quilts and a community leader in Louisville, KY. She collects, curates exhibitions, writes, lectures about, and appraises fine quilts. Shelly continues to serve on community boards and is involved in a number of community projects. Her most recent effort is the Kentucky to the World initiative.
Zegart has curated many exhibits in the U.S. and abroad, and lectures on all aspects of quilt history and aesthetics. She has built private and corporate collections around the world and for more than 25 years she has been a member of the Appraisers Association of America.
Successfully completed a 7-hour course on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), the Congressionally-reorganized set of appraisal standards promulgated by The Appraisal Foundation: completed on October 11, 2013, effective through October 11, 2015.
Do you have a fine quilt that you are thinking about selling? Contact Shelly to discuss how she can help.
News at a Glance
New Antique Quilts - from Collection of Catherine Franconia
These quilts belong to the family of Catherine Franconia, who was born in 1907 in Springfield, KY, and died at the age of 104. Mrs. Franconia was an antique picker. She would pick in Southern Indiana and small towns in Kentucky. She also traded a lot of items and had regulars that would buy her picks sight unseen. Mrs. Franconia was self-taught, and learned about furniture and decorative items of the period by going to the library and The Filson Club to research. These four quilts were part of her collection, and we are delighted to present them for sale! More...
FRESH TO THE MARKET!
New Selection of Historic Gee's Bend quilts! Visit our Gee's Bend Quilt Collection again - more striking quilts have been added, including the quilts made by Leola Pettway, Pearl Washington, Gracie Scott, Lucy Pettway, Mary Maxion, Emestine Warren, and Mozell Benson. More...
Through the Flower Gifts the International Honor Quilt to the University of Louisville's Hite Art Institute
Through the Flower is happy to announce it has gifted the International Honor Quilt to the University of Louisville and its Hite Art Institute. In its new home, the Honor Quilt will be used for educational purposes and be permanently available for active research and study, furthering Judy Chicago's and Through the Flower's goals of teaching through art.
Recognized quilt expert and Kentucky Quilt Project Inc. founder Shelly Zegart of Louisville was instrumental in arranging University of Louisville's acquisition of the collective artwork." I am honored to have been the catalyst to bring the International Honor Quilt to Kentucky, a state well known for its quilt making traditions and activities. The University of Louisville's Hite Art Institute was privy to a good splash of serendipity, many long-term relationships and most importantly the incredible generosity of Judy Chicago, Donald Woodman and Through the Flower," Zegart said.
The Zegart Fund for the Alliance for American Quilts is established.
The Alliance for American Quilts recently published a press release about The Zegart Fund for The Alliance for American Quilts.
Catalogue now available
«Shelly Zegart: Passionate About Quilts» catalogue beautifully documents the retrospective exhibition of her more than thirty years work with quilts held at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville, Kentucky (Sep 4 – Oct 26, 2008).
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New articles added to Publications Collection
"Old Maid, New Woman": In times of high interest in politics in general and womens' roles and choices in specific, it is more than time for Shelly Zegart's «Old Maid, New Woman» article to be publicly available for the first time since it was originally publsihed in Quilt Digest in 1986. Susan Elizabeth Daggett, for whom the quilt was made to celebrate her 30th birthday, chose to remain single in the 1870's, as did a surprising number of her friends. Their work with the Young ladies Aid society in Canandaigua, NY, and their enduring friendship through the years was a force for women's activism and choices. Read article...
"Myth and Methodology": Just released and available to download - Shelly Zegart's groundbreaking article unpicks African American Quilt Scholarship, published in January 08-Selvedge, an international textile magazine. This article is a benchmark in understanding the problems with myth and methodology in this highly charged arena beginning in the late 1970's. Read article...