Alumni Center Art Gallery


Debbie Nichols Poulos quilt exhibition: “Where the Sun Shines”

March 5 – April 27, 2018

About the artist:

Debbie Nichols Poulos attended UC Davis from the fall of 1963 through graduation in 1967 when she received a BA degree in English.  She then received an Elementary Teaching Credential through the UCD Internship Program in June 1968.  She taught for 27 years, 24 of which were in Davis. 

She retired in 2000 due to being diagnosed with a progressive degenerative neuromuscular illness that was later determined to be ALS.  Her quilting began in 1999 when a fellow Patwin Elementary School teacher started a group.  During her first years of quilting she followed traditional designs to make quilts with hundreds of pieces.  In recent years, as her illness progressed, she started using half square triangles to make simpler quilts of her own design like the quilts in this show.

Today, Debbie relies on friends to assist with the tasks she can no longer perform.  However, she directs every aspect of the creation of the work, has an amazing eye for color and is a keen designer. 

The quilts displayed in Debbie’s solo exhibition, “Where the Sun Shines,” will indeed delight and surprise; but, they will equally move you once you know the life journey that led to their creation. If you want to contact Debbie send an email to her at

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