The Women’s Studies Program in West Virginia University’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences has received a gift of an award-winning quilt from Elizabeth Brown of Triadelphia. Made by Morgantown artist and WVU alumna Cynthia Myerberg, the quilt shows”Women Consuming, Women Consumed”and is hanging in the Center for Women’s Studies lounge in Eiesland Hall.
“The Center for Women’s Studies is very grateful to Elizabeth Brown for donating the beautiful quilt wall hanging that we are now proudly displaying in our lounge,”Director Barbara Howe said.”It is especially appropriate that this award-winning quilt is the work of Cynthia Myerberg, a Morgantown artist.”
Myerberg is an award-winning contemporary artist whose medium combines painting and quilting, uses fabric, dye, paint and photographic imagery to make art quilts. Many of her works reflect the role of women in society. She has been making quilts since 1985 and dyeing her own fabrics since 1990.
Myerberg received her M.A. in studio art from WVU in 1999 and has taught in WVU ’s Clothing and Textile Department. She also teaches workshops in fabric dyeing, color theory and surface design.
She is co-author of two books on fabrics and quilting,”Dye It! Paint It! Quilt It!”and”Dyeing to Quilt.”Her art quilts have been featured in Art Quilt Magazine, Popular Patchwork (UK), Fiberarts Design Books, Visions and numerous national and international juried shows.
As an interdisciplinary field, Women’s Studies courses embrace the arts, humanities, social sciences and physical sciences. Women’s Studies courses cover a broad range of subjects with sensitivity to gender, race, sexual orientation and class. Women and men are involved in the program both as professors and students. The program now offers a major in women’s studies.
The gift was made to the WVU Foundation in conjunction with the $250 million Building Greatness Campaign, which has generated more than $300 million and concludes Dec. 31. The WVU Foundation is a private non-profit corporation that generates and provides support for West Virginia University.