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Chris Wolf Edmonds


University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

B.S. 1965

Solo and Small Group Exhibitions

Symphony in the Flinthills Field Journal Show, Cottonwood Falls, KS 2017

Seasons of the Grass, Pioneer Bluffs Gallery, Matfield Green, KS 2016

Earth Elements, Fiber Gallery, Wichita, KS 2015 [2 person]

Tall Grass / Deep Water, Lawrence Arts Center, KS 2014 [2 person]

Studio Quilts drawn from Nature, Corridor Art Space at Gould Evans, Kansas City, MO 2011

Seasonal Shifts, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS 2010

Nature’s Imprints, Silver Works Gallery, Lawrence, KS 2008

Children’s Book Illustrators, Haydon Art Center, Lincoln NE 2008

Trails, Silver Works Gallery, Lawrence, KS, 2004

Color Fields, The Source Fine Arts Gallery KS 2003

Art Quilts, Wichita Center for the Arts, KS, 2002

Kansas Governor’s office, Topeka, Jan-March 2001

Earth Tones, Abilene, KS, 2001

Portraits of Trees, Lawrence Arts Center, KS 2000

Altered Tradition, The Columbian Gallery, Wamego, KS 1999  [five person]

Color Studies from a Nature Journal, Silver Works Gallery, Lawrence, KS 1997

Connections, Wyandotte Library Gallery, Kansas City, KS 1994

Missouri Western University Fine Arts Gallery, St. Joseph, MO 1993

American Craft Museum, NY 1993 [12 person]

Shwayder Art Gallery, University of Denver, CO 1992 [featured artist]

Calico Cupboard Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI 1987

Recent Work, Bartlesville Art Center, OK 1985

Beyond Patchwork, Kansas City Artists Coalition Gallery, MO 1985 [six person]

Departures, Gayle Wilson Gallery, South Hampton, NY 1984 [2 person]

Quiltworks, South Miami, FL 1984

1st National Bank Gallery, Hutchinson, KS 1984

Remember the Night Rainbow, Lawrence Arts Center, KS 1983

Independence Arts Council Gallery, KS 1983

Salina Arts Center, KS 1982 [2 person]

I Quilt, Avila College, K.C., MO 1981 [8 person]

Library Gallery, Lawrence, KS 1981, 1977

Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1981 [6 person]

Kansas Threads, Wichita Art Association, KS 1980 [3 person]

Lawrence Arts Center, KS 1979 [2 person]

Selected Group Exhibitions [juried or invitational]

Art Kansas, McPherson College, KS 2018

New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA 2018

Lawrence Arts Center [art show & auction], KS 1982, 1990-99, 2000-2018,

Mark Arts Kansas Invitational, Wichita, KS 2018

Symphony in the Flint Hills Field Journal Show, Cottonwood Falls, KS 2017

Quilt National Retrospective, 2014

Vermont Quilt Festival, VT, 2014

Kansas Masters Invitational Art Show, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan & Wichita Center for the Arts, KS 2011

Personal Icons, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS 2011

Perspectives: Art, Craft, Design & the Studio Quilt, International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Lincoln NE 2010

Kansas Masters Invitational Art Show, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS 2009, 2007

Happy Birthday America, New England Quilt Museum, MA and Museum of the American Quilter’s Society, KY 2006

Pioneers: Teaching the World to Quilt, New England Quilt Museum, MA 2003

30 Distinguished Quilt Artists of the World, Tokyo, Japan 2002

Women of Taste, SITES tour 1998-2002

Quilt Festival 2001, Berlin, Germany

Chosen with Care: Adopted Quilts from the Ardis and Robert James Collection, Lincoln, NE 2001

Alegre Retreat Gallery Show, Santa Fe, NM, 2001, 1996, 1995, 1994

Threads Through Time, A Century of Quilts, Wichita, KS 2000

The 100 Best American Quilts of the Twentieth Century, Houston, Texas and Stasbourg, France 2000

The World Quilt ‘98, Tokyo, Japan 1998

Full Deck, SITES tour, opening at Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC 1995

Kansas Chooses Kansas II, Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, Topeka, KS 1993

New Wave Quilt Collection, touring US and Japan 1992, 1991

Museum of American Folk Art, NY 1991, 1989, 1986

Quilt National, touring US and Japan 1991, 1989, 1987, 1985,1983, 1979

Scholss Nordkirchen, Germany 1990

The Definitive Contemporary American Quilt, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, NY, touring US and Japan 1990-1991

Fabric Gardens, Expo 90, Osaka, Japan, touring Japan and US 1990

Breaking New Ground, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA 1989

Americana Enshrined, Connell Gallery, Atlanta, GA 1989

Quilts Today, Grace Chosy Gallery, Madison, WI 1989

Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS 1989

DAR Museum, Washington, DC 1989, 1986, 1979

Quilts Not to Sleep With, Wilson Art Center, Rochester, NY 1988

Through the Eye of the Beholder, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Denver, CO 1988

Fabric Palettes, Phillips University Art Gallery, Enid, OK 1988

The Power of Cloth, Political Quilts 1845-1986, Euphrat Gallery, Cupertino, CA 1987

Gensler & Associates Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1986

Milwaukee Art Museum, WI 1986

Long Island Craft Festival, NY 1986

Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, MT 1986

Rochester Museum, NY 1986

Salina Arts Center, KS 1986, 1985

New Images from an Old Tradition, Gallery at Hastings on Hudson, NY 1985

State of the Art Quilt, Nassau County, NY, touring US 1985

The Contemporary Quilt, Japan, touring 1984-85

Hissing Goose Gallery,  Ketchum, ID 1985, 1984

Colorado Gallery of the Arts, Littleton, CO 1984

Arts Chateau, Butte, MT 1984

Silk Works, Gayle Willson Gallery, South Hampton,  NY 1984

Watkins Museum, Lawrence, KS 1984

Concept Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA 1984

Influences, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 1983

Pieced Alternatives, Bethesda, MD 1983

Contemporary Quilts, Kentucky Horse Park 1983

The Artist and the Quilt, touring US 1983-86

McClung Museum, Knoxville, TN 1982

Old Amherst Colony Museum, NY 1982

Shwayder Art Gallery, University of Denver, CO 1982

Woodlawn Plantation, Mt. Vernon, VA 1982, 1981

Dane G. Hansen Museum, Logan, KS 1981

Columbia Basin College, Pasco WA 1979

Kansas Quilts, Capitol Rotunda, Topeka, KS 1979

America’s Treasures, Milwaukee, WI 1977

Kansas Artist Craftsman Show, Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, Topeka, KS 1976

Work in 130 additional shows between 1969-2014

Major Awards and Honors

Kansans of Distinction Award for Visual Arts 2003

Lawrence Arts Commission Phoenix Award for Exceptional Artistic Achievement 2003

Cherokee Trail of Tears recognized as one of the 100 best American quilts of the 20th century 1999

Between 1976 and 1999 works were awarded: six Best of Show awards, two Judges Choice awards,

     and were selected for twelve magazine covers.

Permanent Collections:


Museum of the American Quilter’s Society, Paducah, KY

University of Nebraska, James Collection, Lincoln, NE


Curtis Publishing Co., Indianapolis, IN

Emprise Financial Corp., Wichita, KS

Franklin Mint, Franklin Center, PA

Good Housekeeping Magazine, New York, NY

Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, MO

Lladro Corp., Spain

McDonalds Corp., Oak Brook, IL

Philip Morris, Inc., New York, NY

Truman Medical Center, Kansas City, MO

U S Sprint [17 pieces in 5 regional offices]


City of Lawrence, Kansas


Over 100 collections

Selected Bibliography

Work in over 300 publications, including:

Symphony in the Flint Hills Field Journal Volume IX, 2017, p 16, 22, 36

Symphony in the Flint Hills Field Journal Volume VIII, 2016, p 6, 57, 98-99

Quilt National Retrospective, 2014, exh. cat.

American Craft, April/May, NY 2010, p 32-33

Perspectives, exh. cat., International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Nebraska, Lincoln 2010, p 20, 26-27

Kansas Masters Invitational Art Show, 2007, exh. cat., p 33

Deb Rowden, Quilters’ Stories, Collecting History in the Heart of America, Kansas City Star Books, MO 2005, p frontis, 38-47

Eleanor Levie, American Quiltmaking 1970-2000, American Quilter’s Society, KY 2004, p 74-75, 125

30 Distinguished Quilt Artists of the World, Japan 2002

MAQS Quilts: The Founders Collection,  American Quilter’s Society, Paducah, KY 200l, p 20, 102, 126

One Quilt One Moment, Primedia, CO 2000, p 54-55, 112

Rick Mitchell, “Portraits of Trees,” The Arts in Action, Vol. VII, No.2, 2000, cover, p 3

Jan Biles, “Edmonds Pieces Together Beauty,” Arts and Living, Lawrence Journal World, Oct. 29, 2000, p 4D

Women of Taste, C&T Publishing, CA 1999, p 38-39

The Twentieth Century’s Best American Quilts, Primedia, CO 1999, p 23

“Gallery,” American Craft, Aug/Sept, NY 1997, p 70

Robert Shaw, The Art Quilt, Hugh Lauter Levin  Associates, Inc. 1997, p 63, 173

Marie Salazar, A Gallery of Quilts, Michael Friedman Publishing Group, Inc., NY 1996, p 94

A Quilters Journal, Museum Quilt Publications, London 1996

The American Nation: Beginnings to 1877, text book, Prentice Hall, NJ 1996

Bunny Smith, “Piece by piece: a quilter’s art,” The Mag, Lawrence Journal World, May 9, 1996

Verna Suit, “Playing with a Full Deck,” Fiberarts, Mar/Apr, 1995, p 52-56

Deanne Pearson, “Connections: Fibers by Chris Wolf Edmonds,” Forum, Sept 1994

88 Leaders in the Quilt World Today, Nihon Vogue Co, Ltd., Japan 1994, p 68+

Sue Pierce and Verna Suit, Art Quilts: Playing With A Full Deck, Pomegranate Artbooks, C, 1994, p 72+

Kansas Chooses Kansas II, exh. cat. Mulvane Museum of Art, Topeka, KS 1993, p 4, 12

Chris Wolf Edmonds, “Collecting, Interpreting & Preserving Color,” American Quilter, Vol. IX, No. 4, Winter 1993, p 30-35+

The International Contemporary Quilt-Art Exhibition, exh. cat., Japan 1992, p 25

New Wave Quilt Collections II, exh. cat., Mitsumura Suiko Shoin Pub. Co., Kyoto, Japan 1992, p 30+

New Wave American Quilt, ex. cat., Mitsumura Suiko Shoin Pub. Co., Ltd., Kyoto, Japan 1991, p 70+

The New Quilt 1, exh. cat., The Taunton Press, Newtown, CT 1991, p 16

Vivian Howell Ritter, Family Keepsake Quilts, Leman Pub., Wheatridge, CO 1991, p 22

America’s Quilts, Publications International, Ltd.,Lincolnwood, IL 1990, p 52+

Carter Houck, “Trend Setters”, Art Quilts, Lopez Publications, No. 15, 1990, p 18+

Textile Diaries, Kansas State Historical Society 1990, p 54

The Definitive Contemporary American Quilt, exh. cat., Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, NY 1990, p 28

Fabric Gardens, exh. cat., Asahi Shimbun, Tokyo, Japan 1990, plate 32

Judy Martin, Scraps, Blocks & Quilts, Crosley-Griffith, Inc. Denver, CO 1990, p 191

Americana Enshrined, exh. cat. Great American Gallery, Atlanta GA 1989, p 18+

Penny McMorris, “Quilts at the End of the ‘80’s,” Fiberarts, Nov/Dec 1989, p 36+

Better Homes and Gardens Creative American Quilting, Meredith Corp., IA 1989, p 240+

New Quilts: Interpretations and Impressions, exh. cat., Schiffer Pub., PA 1989, p 6, 70, 85

“Five American Quilters,” Quilters Newsletter Magazine, March, 1988

International Contemporary Quilt-Art Exhibition exh cat., Asahi Shimbun, Tokyo, Japan, 1988, plate 10

Nancy Clegg, “Through the Eye of the Beholder,” Westword: Denver’s News & Arts Weekly, February 3, 1988, p 28

“The Newest Quilt Fad Seems To Be Going Like Crazy, ”Smithsonian, May, 1987

Robert Bishop, Karey Bresenhan, and Bonnie Leman, Hands All Around, E P Dutton, NY, 1987, p 87

Fiber Expressions: The Contemporary Quilt, exh. cat. Schiffer Pub., PA, 1987, p 72

Donald Hoffmann, “Works are poetry in motion,” Kansas City Star Art Journal, Sunday, May 12, 1985, 7E

Sallie Turcott, “Art Quilts Blanket Bartlesville Center,” Tulsa World, Sunday, Feb. 10, 1985, H

Caron L. Mosey, America’s Pictorial Quilts, AQS, Paducah, KY, 1985, p 6+

Barbara Brackman, “Quilts Grandma Never Made,” Forum Magazine, Sept/Oct, 1985, p 15

“Design Focus: Quilts,” House Beautiful, Jan. 1985, p 81

“Gallery,” American Craft, Feb/Mar, 1985, p 81

The State of the Art Quilt, exh. cat., Nassau Co. Quilt Expo, NY, 1985, p 71, 79

Quilts: The State of an Art, exh. cat. Schiffer Pub., PA, 1985, p 53

Barbara Brackman, “Chris Wolf Edmonds,” Fiberarts, Sept/Oct, 1984, p 72+

Dimetra Makris, First Prize Quilts, Simon & Schuster, NY,  1984, p 74+

The Contemporary Quilt, exh. cat. Japan, 1984, p 46

Menninger Perspective, Topeka, KS, 1984, back cover

Mary Elizabeth Johnson, A Garden of Quilts, Oxmoor House, Birmingham, AL, 1984, p 58, 138+

The Quilt Digest, Kiracofe and Kile, San Francisco, CA, 1984, p 50; 1983,p 42

The Quilt, New Directions for an American Tradition, exh. cat., Schiffer Pub., PA, 1983, p 62

Influences: Traditional and Contemporary Quilts, exh. cat., Leman Publications, Wheatridge, CO, 1983, p 9, 22+

Charlotte Robinson, The Artist and the Quilt, Alfred A Knopf, NY, 1983

World of Quilts, exh. cat. Paul Zimmer, Ferndale, MI, 1983, p 48

Quiltmakers, 1983 Calendar, Leone Publications, El Cerrito, CA, August

Jean Ray Laury, Quilted Clothing, Oxmoor House, Birmingham, AL, 1982, p 103+

Chris Wolf Edmonds, A Quilt For All Seasons, Yours Truly, Inc., Atlanta, GA, 1982

The New American Quilt, exh. cat. Lark Communications, Asheville, NC, 1981, p 87

Chris Wolf Edmonds, Hearts and Tulips, Yours Truly, Inc.,  Atlanta, GA, 1980

Jeffrey Gutcheon, Diamond Patchwork, Alchemy Press, NY, 1980, p 37,62

Bonnie Leman and Judy Martin, Log Cabin Quilts, Moon Over the Mountain Pub. Co., Wheatridge, CO, 1980, p 17

Jean Dubois, Bye Baby Bunting, La Plata Press, Evans, CO, 1979, cover

Erica Wilson, Quilts of America, Oxmoor House, Birmingham, AL, 1979, p 78+

Dorothy Frager, The Quilting Primer, Chilton, Radnor, PA, 1979, p 151, 154, color plate

Virginia Avery, The Big Book of Applique, Charles Scribner’s Sons, NY, 1978, p 93

Quilters Choice: Quilts from the Collection, exh. cat., Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, 1978, catalogue notes

Kansas Quilt Symposium, exh. cat., Kaw Valley Quilters Guild, KS, 1978, p 11, 23, 25, 33, 39, 61, 73, 75

The Saturday Evening Post Norman Rockwell Book, Curtis Pub. Co., IN, 1977, p 100-105

Jonathan Wesley Bell, The Kansas Art Reader, University of Kansas Press, 1976, p 90+