Ann Miller Titus has been stitching since she was a little girl, when her grandmother gave her a printed cross stitch sampler to embroider. In the mid 1980’s, she began making wall quilts. While each consisted of three layers hand stitched together, they differed significantly from traditional quilt designs. Nearly twenty years later, Titus began to experiment with a wide variety of surface design techniques to alter textiles, still honoring her quilt making roots by continuing to stitch layers of fabric together.
Ann Miller Titus uses a variety of surface design and fiber techniques, including fabric dying and discharge, transfer with disperse dyes, appliqué and embroidery. The most challenging part of her process is the creation of highly textured surfaces with extensive machine quilting.
Fabric has proven to be a familiar and comfortable medium. So many people have stories and fond memories about loved ones who made quilts. Ann uses this familiarity to invite the viewer into her abstract world: a place where color, shape, line and texture suggest the ongoing tension between the cyclic and the linear, between chaos and organization. She balances this tension with a bit of humor, whimsy, and nostalgia. This tension serves as the playground for exploring relevant topics and concepts. Her most current work centers around the concept of Connection, exploring the many ways that we intersect with others.
Ann is a member and the general manager of the Alliance Art Gallery in Hannibal, Missouri. She is also a member of Art Saint Louis and the Quincy Art Center, where she currently serves in an advisory position to the Board of Directors. Her work has been exhibited throughout the region and won numerous awards, including the 2012 City of Quincy Arts Award and the 2022 City of Quincy Purchase Award at QFest and First Place in the 2022 Mary S. Oakley/Lee Lindsay Artist Showcase in Quincy, Illinois.
This show will run from July 7 through August 27. Her reception is Sunday, July 9 at 12:30.