Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece

"Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece" was an exhibit of 52 extraordinary art quilts about Alzheimer's disease that traveled throughout the United States from August 2006 to October 2010.

The exhibit included the work of 54 quilt artists from 30 states, plus one artist from New Zealand. The artists, many internationally renowned, offered poignant interpretations of the Alzheimer's experience in fiber. Themes included imaginings of an existence stripped of memory and learning; gritty illustrations of the anger, frustration, and stress of care-giving; beautiful tributes to loved ones taken by Alzheimer's; and the anticipation of a future cure. Each artist statement was paired with a fact about Alzheimer's.

A computer CD with photographs of all the quilts in the exhibit narrated by the artists is still available. The 112-page full color book has been sold out.

More than 300,000 people have had the opportunity to see these quilts at 49 venues in 31 states.

The quilts have either been returned to the artists who loaned them for the exhibit, or donated to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.

Forty-four of the artists whose quilts travel in the exhibit "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece" have been featured in "Quilters’ S.O.S. - Save Our Stories," an oral history project of The Alliance for American Quilts. Learn about the stories behind these amazing quilts and the women who made them.