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Yvonne Porcella

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Yvonne Porcella (May 12, 1936 – February 12, 2016) was an American art quilter.


Yvonne Bechis was born in Watsonville, California, United States on May 12, 1936. She graduated in 1958 with a BS in Public Health and an RN from the University of San Francisco, and worked as an operating room nurse.[1] That same year, she married Robert S. Porcella, a general practice physician.[2]

Porcella was a self taught quilter.[1] Her works included paintings, weaving, pieced clothing, and art quilts. Her quilts were known for bold colors, and black and white checkerboards or stripes, and unusual titles such as It's About Beets & Perfume and Non Fat, Low Cholesterol, Chemically Enhanced Frozen Dairy Dessert.[2]

Porcella founded Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. in 1989[3] and served as its president for 11 years.[4]

Porcella's work can be found in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art,[5] Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco,[6] the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, [7] the National Quilt Museum, and the Museum of Arts and Design.[8] Her quilt Keep Both Feet on the Floor, was exhibited in a major review of 20th century quilts.[9]

Porcella was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame (Marion, Indiana) in 1998 and was awarded a Silver Star by the International Quilt Association.[2] In 2012, she had a retrospective as Distinguished Artist, at the Carnegie Arts Center.

Porcella died on February 12, 2016, in Modesto. She and her husband had four children.[10]

Published works[edit]

  • Yvonne Porcella: a colorful book, Porcella Studios, 1986, ISBN 978-0-93658-900-8
  • Colors changing hue, C&T Publishing, 1994, ISBN 978-0-91488-186-5
  • Six Color World: Color, Cloth, Quilts & Wearables, C&T Publishing, 1997, ISBN 978-1-57120-035-8
  • Art & Inspirations, C&T Publishing, 1998, ISBN 978-1-57120-050-1
  • Magical Four-Patch And Nine-Patch Quilts, C&T Publishing, 2010, ISBN 978-1-57120-878-1



  1. ^ a b Kirkham, Pat, ed. (2000). Women designers in the USA, 1900-2000 : diversity and difference. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. ISBN 0300093314. OCLC 45486311.
  2. ^ a b c "Yvonne Porcella – The Quilters Hall of Fame". quiltershalloffame.net. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "SAQA - Our History". www.saqa.com. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  4. ^ Martha Sielman (2008). "Yvonne Porcella". Masters: Art Quilts : Major Works by Leading Artists. Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. pp. 170–. ISBN 978-1-60059-107-5.
  5. ^ "Quilted Kimono 'When All the Colors Come Dancing'". LACMA Collections. 23 January 2018. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  6. ^ "Dress with mola sleeve - Yvonne Porcella". FAMSF Explore the Art. 22 April 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  7. ^ "Takoage". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  8. ^ "Snow on Mount Fuji – Works – eMuseum". collections.madmuseum.org. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  9. ^ Leman Austin, Mary (1999). The Twentieth Century's Best American Quilts, Celebrating 100 Years of Quiltmaking. Concord: C&T Publ. OCLC 757821207.
  10. ^ "Internationally renown quilt artist and author dies". Calaveras Enterprise. February 18, 2016.
  11. ^ "Art Quilts from Around the World on Display in New Exhibit at American Textile History Museum | American Textile History Museum". www.athm.org. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  12. ^ "Yvonne Porcella: 50 Years an Artist – Visions Art Museum". www.visionsartmuseum.org. Retrieved November 23, 2018.

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