We are all saddened by the passing of Ardis James on July 7. Ardis was to have been inducted into The Quilters Hall of Fame on Saturday July 16, together with her husband Robert, in Marion, Indiana. Friends and family will still gather in Marion to salute this remarkable woman, bearing witness to all her many accomplishments on behalf of quilts during the traditional open-mic salute of the new Inductee.
The many years of the generous but quiet philanthropy of Ardis and Robert James has helped educate the larger public about quilts and at the same time helped sustain quilt artists, quilt history organizations, and researchers. The Jameses have helped build creditability and recognition for quilts in the largest sense of that word in both academic and art corridors. Truly, the larger international textile world has been touched by their commitment to “the quilt”, not just our nation.