The guild was a proud donor to the newly established Wilson/Livingstone Graduate Fellowship this winter. Gail Hodges the initial donor dedicated the fellowship in the name of Anne Wilson and Joan Livingstone, internationally exhibited artists who work in the fiber arts discipline and are current esteemed faculty at the School of the Art Institute. The merit-based fellowship award will be given to one incoming graduate student who works in the fiber and materials studies genre to cover tuition and expenses. Initially a $50,000 challenge grant, the guild's contribution of $500 was the second to last contribution to help meet the matched funds challenge. Because of the success of the fundraising, the donor added an additional $50,000 to the fellowship bringing the endowed funds to a total of $100,000!
The guild raised donated funds from guild membership fees, weekly guild raffles and a fundraising drive of a vintage quilt. The Lakeside Quilting Guild is proud to be a contributor to this special award, which is the first and only one of it's type in the fiber arts department at SAIC. This donation is also a fulfillment of our mission to assist with education of quilting and the folk art traditions of sewing and work in fiber arts. We look forward to learning about the student recipient in the fall of 2015 and are pleased to be a partner with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
SAIC's E+D Magazine article and letter of acknowledgment