Kay Koeper Sorensen honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from the Anderson Arts Center

  • Internationally known quilter Kay Sorensen is receiving the Anderson Arts Center Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, August 7.

    Internationally known quilter Kay Sorensen is receiving the Anderson Arts Center Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, August 7.

Updated 7/29/2021 4:25 PM

The Anderson Arts Center is thrilled to announce internationally known quilter Kay Sorensen as the recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented at an event on Saturday, August 7 starting at 4:00 p.m.

Kay Sorensen's career has spanned more than 50 years. A prolific artist, mainly in quilting and polymer clay jewelry, her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S., in Europe, and in Japan.


Sorensen has been involved with the Anderson Arts Center since it was known as Gallery 124 and located in a house across the street from its current location. Over the last 30 years, she has had three large solo shows at the Arts Center, contributed to numerous group shows over the years, and helped facilitate two national art shows at the Anderson Arts Center. Her solo show "Quilts & Color" was one of the Arts Center's best attended shows.

Kay started out making traditional block quilts before she began making the stunning creations she is known for: one-of-a-kind quilts made with dyed fabrics. "When I first started quilting my goal was to make one of every quilt block there ever was! How little I knew," said Sorensen. "My quilting preferences have varied over the years. I love all types of quilts from the most primitive antique quilts to the most cutting-edge contemporary quilts."

For 50 years, Sorensen taught thousands of students locally, regionally, and nationally and she considers it an important part of her life. "I believe one of the reasons quilting has remained so popular is because there is a place for everyone from beginners to accomplished quilters to collectors."

The Lifetime Achievement Award has been given annually since 2002 and honors the hardworking, dedicated citizens that advance the promotion of the arts in Kenosha County. The Anderson Arts Center is proud to honor Kay Sorensen for her dedication and support for the arts community in Kenosha County and beyond.

The Lifetime Achievement Award event on August 7 will include hors d'oeuvres, dessert, coffee, and a cash bar. Tickets are $30.00 per person and are available online at kempercenter.com and by calling (262) 653-0481. All proceeds from the event benefit children's art classes and summer art camp at the Anderson Arts Center. Donations to the Anderson Arts Center in Kay Sorensen's name are also gratefully accepted.

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