Combining Japanese Culture with Quiltmaking, This Exhibit Offers a Unique Way to Spend Your Saturday

Step into the International Quilt Museum and discover their newest exhibit, Studio Champloo, this Saturday, December 28th!

In one Japanese dialect, champloo is a culinary term meaning “mixed up” or “blended together,” but colloquially, it refers to improvising or making things up as you go along. This is what the two heroes of the popular Japanese animated television series Samurai Champloo must do to reconcile their substantial differences as they battle corruption and defend the innocent.

When artist and professor Byron Anway discovered that Samurai Champloo was a shared interest and cultural touchstone between himself and his students, he was inspired to consider art-making in a new way. To Anway, champloo was an apt metaphor for an idea he had been incubating: How can artists mix up their own work by exploring other mediums?

For Studio Champloo, Anway asked regional artists to engage specifically with quiltmaking themes and values to challenge and expand their own studio practices. As Anway describes in each exhibit label, some do this in formal ways by referencing and incorporating quilt-related techniques and materials. Others address the conceptual issues surrounding quilts, including domesticity, tradition, and gender.

The nine artists—ambitious, vibrant, contemporary, and socially engaged—all have Nebraska connections. Studio Champloo presents their blended, boundary-pushing work and hints at possibilities for further mixing of mediums in the future. This exhibit will be available until June 21, 2020.

Guest Curator Byron Anway is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the School of Art, Art History, and Design. Before coming to the university, Anway taught art abroad at the International School of Brussels in Belgium and American Academy Casablanca in Morocco. His work has been exhibited at the Joslyn Art Museum and the Union for Contemporary Art in Omaha, and the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis.

Don’t miss this intriguing exhibit on Saturday, December 28th! Admission to the International Quilt Museum starts at $4. For more information, please contact the museum at (402) 472-6549 or visit

Sure, at Fairways at Lincoln Apartments in Lincoln, Nebraska, you’ll find all the on-site amenities and services you desire, but we know your lifestyle demands more than perks that are close-to-home. By informing you of this upcoming event, we hope to inspire you to interact with your neighbors on a deeper level and just have an all-around good time.

Event Time/Date:
Saturday, December 28, 2019—10:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
International Quilt Museum
1523 North 33rd Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68583

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