2011 Inductees

The many years of the generous but quiet philanthropy of Ardis and Robert James have educated the larger public about quilts, and at the same time, have helped sustain quilt artists, quilt history organizations, and researchers. The Jameses have built credibility and recognition for quilts in both academic and art corridors. Truly, not only our nation, but the larger international textile world has
been touched by their commitment to “the quilt.”


The James’ philanthropic activities led to the establishment of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1997, the creation of an endowed chair (Ardis James Professorship in Textile, Clothing and Design at the university), and the donation of nearly 1,000 antique and contemporary quilts, the centerpiece of what is now the largest publicly held quilt collection
in the world. In addition, they have provided significant support
to both the American Quilt Study Group and the Studio Art Quilt Associates.
Due to their continued support of all aspects of this significant collection and its endowment, the collection is now available to serious scholars and researchers from all across the world. Ardis and Robert James are dedicated quilt lovers with unique talents and commitment. The Quilters Hall of Fame is proud to extend to them the recognition they justly deserve for the contributions they have made to the international quilt world.


By Karen B. Alexander, Quilt Historian

"Of course there are always favorites, but these... are frequently chosen for reasons other than beauty or color or workmanship."

Ardis and Robert James

interview with Jonathan Holstein