Each of my handwoven, pieced, formed, and embellished vessels has “feet” of clay. These are tenderly created to suggest our human experience—one of brokenness and weakness, yet beloved and redeemed by God.
Art Criticism, Art History, Arts Ministry, Arts Organization, Education, Fiber Arts, Museum/Gallery, Theology
Artist / Personal Statement
I began weaving in the mid-1990s, but created my first artwork from cutting, piecing, and quilting my hand-woven textiles in 2006. All of my art includes my hand-woven textiles and I make both two- and three- dimensional works. This is a time and labor-intensive process that combines all that I love doing—visualizing, designing, assembling, weaving, sewing, embellishing… My work is diversely influenced by weaving traditions such as the Kente cloth by the Ashanti of West Africa and the Mayan textiles of the Americas along with later American artists Anni Albers and Faith Ringgold. My quilted weavings are my interpretations of the lingual into visual imagery. I have created my art in response to Scripture, favorite authors, and even my grandchildren. Each work holds layers of labor, challenge, memory, meditation, and reflection.
Accomplishments / CV
I have been involved in the field of art education for forty years, with experience in teaching all ages in schools, museums, and community centers. I completed my PhD degree in Art Education from the University of North Texas and began my tenure at the University of Central Arkansas in the fall of 2003. I have had the honor of preparing future art teachers until my recent retirement in May 2019.
My work has been featured in the national magazine Art Quilting Studio, Stampington & Company in the Winter 2019 issue "A Hairy Tail Tale" on pages 116-119; Autumn 2018 issue "Dance, Dance, Dance" on pages 102-105; Summer 2018 issue "Feelings of Loss" in the "Quilting the Odd and Unusual, pp. 106-109; Winter 2018 issue "Layers of Labor, Language & Love" on pages 116-119; Summer 2017 issue "Quotable Quilts" on pages 114-117; and the Winter 2017 issue "Wait Unit I'm Four" on page 130. My work Life with a Little Spice-er was included in Art Quilt Quarterly, Issue No. 11-page 70 and What Does 3:00 Mean Anyway was included in the 2016 Portfolio 23: The Art Quilt Sourcebook-page 125, published by Studio Art Quilts Associates, Inc.
Exhibitions include: The Makings of a Teacher: Textile Art by Deborah Kuster, UCA Downtown Gallery, Conway, AR (2018); Form, Not Function, Carnegie Center for Art and History, New Albany, IN (2018); Springfield Liturgical and Sacred art Festival, M.G. Nelson Gallery at the Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL (2018); Fiber Arts Exhibition, Wm. F Laman Library in North Little Rock (2018, 2017); Form in Fiber, Argenta Branch Library, North Little Rock (2016); Treasures Within,Treasures Without: A SAQA Regional (LA/MS/AR/AL) Exhibition of Contemporary Art Quilt, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Little Rock, AR (2016);
Annual Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center (2014, 2010, 2008); Women to Watch Exhibition 2013, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Little Rock, Fine Arts Gallery, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, The Stephans Gallery, University of the Ozarks, Clarksville, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, Fort Smith Regional Arts Museum, Arts and Science Center for Southeastern Arkansas, Pine Bluff; Art and the Farm, The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs (2013); Southern Voices: A SAQA Regional (LA/MS/AR/AL) Exhibition of Contemporary Art Quilt, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Little Rock and Gadsden Museum of Art and History, Gadsden, AL (2014); Connecting Threads: A SAQA Regional (LA/MS/AR/AL) Exhibition of Contemporary Art Quilt, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Little Rock (2012; National Small Art Quilt Exhibition, Main Street Gallery, Groton, NY (2010).