Stitching California: Fiber Artists Interpret the State's People, Life, and Land

This juried exhibition is being organized through a partnership of the Studio Artists Quilt Association, the Grace Hudson Museum, and Exhibit Envoy. Following its premier at the Grace Hudson Museum, the show will be traveled by Exhibit Envoy to museums and cultural institutions throughout California and Nevada. Art selected for Stitching California will feature finely crafted and innovative quilt art in two dimensions and three dimensions. Work will also be selected based on how well submitting artists explore the diversity, illusions, realities, and hopes that define the richness and complexities of the Golden State. Check back this summer for more information

August 17, 2019 to January 5, 2020

Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California's History

From the working-class Tattooed Ladies who performed in circus sideshows to the upper-class inked women who helped popularize the tattoo craze, visitors to our new traveling exhibit will discover the largely unknown history of California women in the tattoo arts.  In addition to photographs, historical objects, and personal histories, Tattooed and Tenacious is supplemented with tattoo-related historic artifacts and a variety of memorabilia and flash from our own and other collections, plus contemporary California Native art with tattoo themes.  This exhibit contains some explicit content. Viewer discretion advised.

Tattooed and Tenacious is a traveling exhibition organized by Exhibit Envoy and supplemented with additional material from the Grace Hudson Museum, Triangle Tattoo and Museum, and the collections of various tattoo artists. The exhibition is made possible through the efforts and generosity of the Sun House Guild.

Exhibition Dates: Saturday, June 8 to Sunday, August 4, 2019

Exhibition Programs:

Friday, June 7, 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Preview Opening and First Friday Artwalk
Get a sneak peek ofTattooed & Tenacious. Live music by the eclectic and supremely danceable Ukeholics. Brief remarks at 6:00 PM. Free.

Saturday, June 8, 2:00 PM
Curator Tour of Tattooed & Tenacious
Exhibition curator and Exhibit Envoy Executive Director, Amy Cohen discusses how she researched and developed Tattooed & Tenacious, and the stories she uncovered of the tattooed women who made it possible. Additionally, Museum staff will be on hand to discuss items that they organized to further support the exhibition. Free with Museum admission, reservations required. Make your reservations at (707) 467-2836 or at

Sunday, June 30, 2:00 PM
California Indian Women and Tattooing, Past and Present
Three California Native artists discuss the practice of tattooing in California Native cultures. Participants will be Lyn Risling (Karuk/Yurok/Hupa), Meyo Marrufo (Pomo), and L. Frank Manriquez (Tongva/Ajachem). The panel will be moderated by the Museum’s own Sherrie Smith-Ferri (Pomo/Coast Miwok). Free with Museum admission.

Saturday, July 27, 2:00 PM
Madame Chinchilla & Mr. G
The inimitable Madame Chinchilla and Mr. G, of the famed Triangle Tattoo Museum in Fort Bragg, discuss their lives in the tattoo arts, including Madame Chinchilla’s pioneering work tattooing women who have had mastectomies. Free with Museum admission.

Stone Gallery

The J. Ralph and Lois Stone Gallery features a long-term exhibition showcasing Pomo baskety masterpieces woven between 1860-2003. The baskets come from the collections of the Grace Hudson Museum, other private institutions with significant ethnographic holdings, and private collections. Informative text panels explain the steps taken in cultivating, harvesting, and processing materials for basketmaking. Panels also discuss the history of Pomo basketweaving, and the forms and functions of various basket types.

Person Gallery

The Norma and Evert Person Gallery features a permanent exhibit of informative text panels, photographs, textiles, and objects that interpret the history, and celebrate the legacy, of the memorable Carpenter-Hudson family. Organized by generations, each section of the gallery introduces the viewer to members of Grace Carpenter Hudson’s illustrious family through descriptions of their lives, and displays of their belongings. Grace’s own section expands upon her personal life, while her professional career is highlighted in the Ivan B. and Elvira Hart Gallery.

The Hart Gallery

The Ivan B. and Elvira Hart Gallery houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to the artistic career of Grace Carpenter Hudson. Accompanied by text and photo panels giving extensive information about each phase and aspect of Grace’s professional development, the gallery features numerous oils, watercolors, pen and ink drawings, charcoal, conte crayon, and graphite drawings, and mixed media works. Hudson’s personal life is documented further in the Norma & Evert Person Gallery.