Two-day Quilting Bee

Join us at A.I.R. for a two-day quilting bee, Friday & Saturday (June 2 & 3), in support of a new project by former Fellowship artist, Rachel Farmer.

In progress, one of the eight ceramic figures for  Ancestors Traversing Quilts , 2017

In progress, one of the eight ceramic figures for Ancestors Traversing Quilts, 2017


Drop-in anytime between 12-6pm and Rachel will teach you the basics of hand-tying a quilt using a needle and yarn. Then apply your new skills to help complete two quilts.

As a 2013-14 Fellow, Rachel created a site-specific work on Governor’s Island, combining her ceramic sculptures (of ancestral pioneer women) with a quilted landscape. She is expanding this idea for a new installation at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (July –early September), which follows two women helping each other climb a mountainous quilted terrain.

Rachel Farmer is a Brooklyn-based artist, originally from Provo, Utah. Her art encompasses a variety of media including sculpture, drawing, photography and video. She was awarded a 2013 – 14 A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship, which culminated in a solo exhibition. Group exhibitions include Torn and Fired: new work in collage and clay, curated by Jason Andrew (Outlet Fine Art, Brooklyn), Illegitimate and Herstorical, curated by Emily Roysdon (A.I.R. Gallery, NY), #throwbackthursday / #flashbackfriday, juried by Scott Chasse and Hrag Vartanian (Calico, NY), and Land + Place + Performance, curated by Laura Allred Hurtado (Granary Art Center, UT). Her work is included in the Feminist Art Base (digital archive, Brooklyn Museum) and in the collection of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Rachel was a resident artist, through the Artist Studios Program, at the Museum of Arts & Design from February – May 2016. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and teaches at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

For more information on the artist, visit