Textile Artist Kris Khan is Artist-in-Residence at Homestead National Monument of America

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Date: July 30, 2015

Kris Khan will be the sixth artist of the 2015 Artist- in-Residence program at Homestead National Monument of America. She will be presenting a program based on her work at the monument on August 9, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Education Center. This is the seventh year of the monument's Artist-in-Residence program.

Kris Khan is an award-winning quilter and textile artist who works from her studio at Hot Shops in Omaha, Nebraska. She moved to Omaha from Atlanta, Georgia in 2014, where she taught free quilting classes as a monthly outreach activity for the Friends of the Embry Hills Library. Her work has been shown at a number of juried shows throughout the Southeast, and is currently on display in her Omaha studio. She is a member of the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild and the Studio Art Quilt Association, and teaches numerous classes at her studio and through the Omaha Creative Institute. 

For her residency at Homestead National Monument of America, Kris plans to create –with the help of monument visitors –a quilt made from scraps of fabric, which will demonstrate an important survival skill practiced by pioneer women. She will bring herspare sewing machine so visitors can join in the sewing. "Scrap quilts were a way of utilizing meager resources at hand to create blankets that would keep homesteading families warm during harsh winters" said Superintendent Mark Engler. 

Kris will draw inspiration from the monument's natural environment and its wealth of historical documents to interpret the experiences of homesteaders and Native Americans in Nebraska during the late 19thcentury in a series of art quilts. She will be working throughout the area of Homestead National Monument of America August 3-15. She enjoys talking with visitors, and welcomes sharing her creative abilities with all visitors.  

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America hasan exciting schedule of events planned for 2015. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM), Facebook (HomesteadNM), and Instagram (HomesteadNPS).

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska and 45 miles south of Lincoln. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit https://www.nps.gov/home/.

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Last updated: July 31, 2015

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