For over thirty years, Laurel Horton has worked with museums—art and historical, local and national—to select and interpret quilts and related artifacts for exhibition and publication. She is recognized for her broad experience and knowledge of historic quiltmaking traditions, her connections with other researchers and collections, and her ability to communicate fresh ideas in clear, engaging language.
“American Quilts in the Modern Age, 1870–1940,” International Quilts Study Center, Lincoln, Nebraska, May 23–November 15, 2009. Consultant/essayist.
“Mosaic Quilts: Paper Template Piecing in South Carolina,” The Charleston Museum, Fall, 2002. Consultant/essayist/lecturer.
“Needles & Pens: A Family Legacy,” Museum of York County, Rock Hill, SC, September 1999–January 2000. Consultant/lecturer.
“Remember Me When I am Gone: Kentucky Friendship and Memory Quilts,” Kentucky Museum, Bowling Green, April–July 1995. Consultant/lecturer.
“Material Histories, Continuous Threads: Quilts of the Shenandoah Valley,” Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Museum, Staunton, VA, March–May 1995. Consultant/lecturer.
“Needle, Cloth, and Time: A Celebration of Traditional Quiltmakers,” Texarkana Regional Art and Humanities Council, August–September 1993. Field researcher/curator/essayist.
“Quilts and Communities,” McKissick Museum, Columbia SC, February–March 1993. Guest curator.
“Fans, Stars, and Wedding Rings: Quilts from Two Tumultuous Decades, 1930–1950,” McKissick Museum, April–May1992. Guest curator.
“Stitching Memories: African-American Story Quilts,” Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA, April–October 1989. Consultant/lecturer.
“Glorified Patchwork: South Carolina Crazy Quilts,” McKissick Museum, May–August 1989. Guest curator.
“Patterns in History: Nineteenth Century Quilts,” Charleston Museum, Charleston SC, August 1987–January 1988. Guest curator/essayist/lecturer.
“Comfort and Joy: South Carolina Quilts,” Traveling from McKissick Museum, 1986–1987. Guest curator.
“Social Fabric: South Carolina’s Traditional Quilts,” McKissick Museum (and other venues), 1986–1987. Guest curator/essayist, lecturer.
“Quilt Close-up: Five Southern Views,” Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN, April 1983. Guest curator/essayist.
“Appalachian Quilts,” Folk Art Program, Warren Wilson College, February 1982. Guest curator.
“Quilts: Fans, Stars, and Flower Gardens,” Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina University, April–May 1981. Guest curator.
“North Carolina Country Quilts,” Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC, December 1978–January 1979. Consultant.