Two More Opportunities to Contribute Your Blanket & Story for DAM Permanent Collection

Note: You can donate a blanket for Marie Watt's installation on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27. Read below to learn about some of the fascinating blankets and stories we've received so far.

Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Marie Watt is creating a blanket installation at the DAM with special blankets donated by the community. The first blanket drop off took place on July 19. It was incredible to see the blankets and hear the heartfelt stories that members of the community contributed. We received everything from an army blanket to a 30-year-old quilt. The daughter of the owner of the army blanket mentioned that her dad was also a potter and would have gotten a kick out of the fact that this old blanket would become part of an artwork to be permanently housed in the Denver Art Museum. Stories were not only shared at the blanket collection outside, but were continued up in Marie’s studio while visitors sewed together. Look at the photos of the owners, their blankets, and read their stories on the tags.

Eric K. Berkemeyer of Denver, CO with blanket.

Full story reads "I grew up in a working class family in rural Arkansas. My father worked in a factory and we lived next door to my maternal grandfather's beef and sheep farm. My dad worked hard both in the factory and around the house and farm. My mother made this blanket/quilt from denim squares reclaimed from my dad's old work jeans, and to a lesser extent those of me and my brother. She made it for me when I was in high school in the late 1990s. So, all of my immediate family are represented in this blanket."

Blanket contributed by Eric K. Berkemeyer, Denver CO.

John P. Lukavic of Denver, CO with blanket.

Full story reads "I was given this blanket by an uncle of mine named Tom Leonard. Following a Ponca custom, he gave it to me the first time I visited his home. This blanket was with me the first time Tom brought me to a Peyote meeting at the home of Josetta Rush (Ponca) and I used it again in a prayer service/Peyote meeting at the home of Oliver Littlecook (Ponca) in honor of my uncle Tom who had cancer. Tom passed away a few months later and was buried in the Ponca tribal cemetery in White Eagle, OK, next to his mom and dad, Josetta and Joe Rush."

This blanket was contributed by John P. Lukavic, Denver CO.

Nancy Baughman Csuti of Denver, CO with blanket.

Full story reads "I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal in the late 1970s. At that time Nepal has seen very few tourists. I was the first foreigner many people had seen. This blanket was made by hand in a remote village a two week walk from the road. The fiber was handcombed from yaks, hand spun and woven on a loom in the village. It was not made to be a special blanket, it was just an ordinary blanket used to cover the handmade wood and straw bed. The blanket was carried by yak train (yaks tied together) to the road head and then to Kathmandu and eventually to CO."

This blanket was contributed by Nancy Baughman Csuti, Denver CO.

Cassandra Ewert-Lamutt of Denver, CO with blanket.

This story reads "This was my grandmother's blanket. She gave it to me as I was going to college. She told me it was hers growing up in a small town in Kansas. When it was cold, this extra long blanket was put under the bottom sheet on the mattress and then folded over the feet and the sleeper for added warmth. My grandmother, Thelma Ewert, was a quilter (I have a number of her quilts) and loved art. She would be almost 102 and would love knowing her blanket was used for art!"

This blanket was contributed by Cassandra Ewert-Lamutt, Denver CO.

Katherine Elizabeth Goff of Northglenn, CO with blanket.

This story reads "I made this quilt when I was pregnant 30 years ago. I now have three grown sons and could not choose who to give it to, so I decided to share it with the artist. It feels like giving and receiving a gift simultaneously. I can feel like my handiwork is being viewed by so many others."

This blanket was contributed by Katherine Elizabeth Goff, Northglenn Colorado.

Sara Alt of Westminster, CO with blanket.

The full story reads "This was my father's WWII army blanket. Then, it spent 40 years in Iowa going to camp and picnic, etc. It came to Colorado in 1985."

This blanket was contributed by Sara Alt, Westminster CO.

Jodie Gorochow is a special projects assistant for family and community programs in the education department at the Denver Art Museum. Jodie has been at the DAM since 2011 and her favorite artwork that has been on view here is Rain Has No Father by El Anatsui. She says the best part of her job at the museum is the opportunity to work with artists.