About Ellie Kreneck


3209 45th St., Lubbock, Tx;  Phone 806-792-7930;  E-mail: Lyntellie@yahoo  Web site: www.Kreneckstudios.com

Artist’s Statement

I believe that harnessing  passions in the service of one’s art increases artistic power in the resulting piece.  In my case, for example, I have always loved silhouettes.  I am very conscious of  and informed by the landscape surrounding me.  West Texas with its raw rugged landscapes and immense skies  invokes a mystic response in me.   My art is narrative.  I see this area  populated with a cast of saints and assorted Biblical figures driving pick-ups and outboard motor boats,  using computers or enjoying wading pools.  – I also envision animals (rabbits, bison, wolves) wandering the skies as spirits or prowling the land  pursuing their livings on Earth… .My job is to record all this activity as fast as I can.

Occasionally (because of spending a month in China)  glimpses of  Chinese imagery are visible.

Materials used in my quilts are commercial fabric, hand painted fabric, resists, fiber reactive dyes, cotton/poly batting and cotton thread.

Techniques employed include the use of paper templates, hand painting using dyes and resists, machine piecing and stitching, hand stitching and appliqués.

Biographical Information

Born 1936, Manhatten, NY
Married 1959, Lynwood Kreneck, 3 children, 2 grandchildren
Resident of Lubbock since 1965


1957-58, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
B.F.A. University of Texas 1959
5 summer sessions – Penland School of Crafts, N.C. 1977,1979, 1980,1983, 1991

Selected Professional Activities

1966-69, part-time instructor in Design for Non-majors, Art Dept.Texas Tech University
1974-1990, Fall of 2001; part-time instructor in Art History, Texas Tech University
1985-1990, Numerous art history lectures, Museum of Texas Tech University
1985-2003, part-time employee, Charles Adams Gallery
1996, co-curator, Pieces , Parts and Passion, National Invitational Quilt Show, Lubbock Fine Arts Center
2006 – 2008,  Public Programs committee chair for the Museum Association of Texas Tech University (organized 2 fiber arts workshops)
2007,  organization  (with two other artists) of Caprock Art Quilters group
2007,  Juried into Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) as a Professional Artist Member (PAM) now referred to as Juried Artist Member (JAM)

Selected Exhibitions

1981, Hill Country Foundation Competition, Ingalls, Tx
1982, Two-person  Show, Museum of Texas Tech University
1983, Bluebonnets and Other Flora Invitational Group Show, Cultural Activities Center, Temple Texas
1984, First Prize Medal, Great Buffalo Art Show , Cameron University, Lawton, OK
1985, Invitational Group Show, Wearables and Fiber Arts, Fine Art Center, Lubbock, Tx
1985, Texas Designer Craftsman Juried Exhibition, Museum of Texas Tech University
1985, Contemporary Spiritual Art Show,, juried competition, Biblical Arts Center, Dallas, Tx
1986, New Quilting, national Invitational Exhibition, Artlink Contemporary Artspace, Fort Wayne, IN
1993-1998, Celebrations, Holiday Markets, Local  Color Gallery, College Station, Tx
1993, White House Christmas Tree Ornament Project, Invitational Show; Washington, DC (ornament in permanent collection of White House)
1999, Common Threads ,  two-person show, Arts Alliance Gallery Lubbock, Tx
1999, Retrospection 15,   Opening of the Buddy Holly Fine Art Galleries, Lubbock, Tx
2004, Seven Trains of Thought , Group Show, Center for Contemporary Art, Abilene, Tx
2007,  Pieced and Printed, two-person show, Underwood Art Center, Lubbock, Tx
2008, Quilted History II  Invitational Exhibition, National Ranching Heritage Center, Lubbock Tx  (recognition of St. Francis Cruising West Texas   as an art quilt of excellence) 
2009,  SAQA’ 20th Anniversary Trunk Show
2009. A Sense of Humor, Studio Art Quilt Associates national  juried exhibition, debut at the International Quilt Festival and Market ,Houston, Tx ;  2010 – IQF, Chicago, Ill, and Long Beach, CA
2010, work included in SAQA’s virtual mini-gallery exhibition of figural art.
2010, Group Show, South Plains College, Levelland, Tx
2010, Group Show; Museum of Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock, Tx
2010 , Group Show,  Underwood Arts Center, Lubbock, Tx
2010,   Still We Rise Again: Quilts for New Orleans, national  juried exhibition organized by A Quilters Garden for the International Quilt festival, Houston Tx
2011,  Group Invitational Exhibition, Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, Tx
2011  Sacred Threads, national juried exhibition, Church of the Epiphany;  Herndon, Va (July)
2011, West Texas, A Mystic Journey  solo exhibition, Semmes Gallery, University of the Incarnate Word; San Antonio, Texas (October – November)
2011,  Lone Stars III; Statewide Juried Exhibition representing the book, Lone Stars III, Texas Quilts Today,    19862011, International Quilt Festival;  Houston, Tx
2012 – Lone Stars III,  Group Exhibition at the Texas Quilt museum, La Grange Texas
2012 – Free Range Stitching,  Group exhibition of Caprock art Quilters at South Plains College Art Center, Levelland, TX
2012 – group exhibition of Caprock Art Quilters, Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the arts, Lubbock, Tx
2012 – Featured artist – Dharma Trading Post Web Site
2012 – La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum’s national juried exhibition at 2012 Quilt Festival; Honorable Mention; La Conner Wa.
2012 – Celebrating the Evolution of Quilts,  invitational  group exhibition; National Ranching Heritage, Lubbock, Tx
2012 – Portales Quilt Festival, featured artist, Portales, NM
2012 –  Reflections of ChinaTwo Person Show,  Carlsbad Art Museum, Carlsbad NM
2013 –  A Reunion of the 2011 Sacred Threads Exhibit,  ( national invitational show) First Presbyterian Church; Flint MI
2013  Quilt=Art = Quilts, National juried exhibition; Schweinfurth Art Center; Auburn, NY
2014 – Reflections of China,  Two Person Show, Brookhaven Community College, Farmer’s Branch, TX
2014 – 2016 – Celebration Silver, Studio Art Quilt Associates Anniversary Exhibition, Houston International Quilt Festival; Chicago International Quilt Festival; Quilt,Knit,Stitch – Portland OR;  St. George Art Museum, St. George UT;  Sewing and Quilt Expo, Atlanta, GA; Sewing and Quilting Expo, Lakeland FL;  Sewing and Quilt Expo, Cleveland, OH;  Sewing and quilting Expo, Worchester, MA,  American Quilts Expo, Des Moines, OA;  Festival of Quilts, Birmingham UK
2015 – Very Punny, SAQA online juried gallery show
2015 – Group Exhibition, Caprock Art Quilters, Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, Texas
2015 –  Semi-arid Landscape Group Exhibition, Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, TX
2015 Art Quilts,  national invitational art quilt exhibition; Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown, TX
2015 – Sacred Threads, national juried exhibition, Herndon, VA
2016 – Two Person Show, Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, Tx
2016 – My Corner of the World,  International Juried Exhibition;  Stratford Perth Museum;  Stratford, Ontario, Canada
2016 – National invitational Quilt Show; First Presbyterian Church,  Flint MI


2008, work included in Studio Art Quilt Assoc. Portfolio 15  book
2008, Fall SAQA Journal , Members Gallery: Spiritual Artwork;  reproduction of quilt, Exiting Eden With Eve Warming Up the Pick-up
2009 –  A Sense of Humor, Catalogue of Exhibition published by Studio Art Quilt Associates
2009, work included in book, Studio Art Quilt Associates Portfolio 16
2010, work included  in book, 500 Art Quilts, published by Lark Publications
2011,  work included in book, Lone Stars III, Texas Quilts Today, 1986 – 2011, published by the University of Texas Press
2011,    work included in book, Studio Art Quilt Associates Portfolio 18
2012,   work included in book, Studio Art Quilt Associates Portfolio 19
2013,    work included in book ,Art Quilt Portfolio:  People and Portraits,  Lark Publications
2013 –  work included in book, Studio art Quilt Associates, Portfolio 20
2014 – Work included in book, Studio art Quilt Associates, Portfolio 21,
2014 – Fall SAQA Journal , Celebration Silver exhibition
2015 – work included in book,  The Contemporary Art of Nature – Mammals, by Ashley Rooney; Schiffer Publications:  to be published in Spring 2015
2016 – Work included in book, Quirky to Modern Art Quilts, Hippy at Heart  by Judy Steiger HowardDorcas Publishing
2016 –Catalog of Exhibition Legacy of a Thousand Stitches by Marian Ann Montgomery Ph.D. -from the Collection of the Museum of Texas Tech University


White House Ornament collection; Washington D.C.
Museum of Texas Tech University Museum,  Lubbock, Tex