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Iowa woman wins award for quilt at MacNider Museum

This news story was published on November 12, 2018.
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Joanne Alberda, Time Space and Motion (purple/yellow), framed fabric collage.

MASON CITY – Joanne Alberda, of Sioux Center, was given the Best in Show award during the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s Iowa Crafts: 43 (2017) exhibition for her fiber piece, Improvisations on a Square. This award granted Alberda a solo exhibition at the Museum beginning in 2018. Alberda’s exhibition, Blue Marbles, is currently on display in the Museum’s Center Space Gallery.

On her website,, the artist states: “My introduction to the quilt world was through the doors of a traditional quilt guild. Although I have moved into the world of art quilts, my experience there opened my eyes to the lasting power and beauty of rhythm and repetition, or as I like to think of it…visual music. It remains an essential element in my work.”

Blue Marbles will be on display through Saturday, January 19, 2019. Admission to the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum is free. Museum hours are Tuesday, Thursday = 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday = 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sunday, Monday.

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