Friday, June 22, 2012

Quilt National 2013

Deadline: September 14, 2012 (ONLINE)

Quilt National ’13
The Dairy Barn Arts Center

Athens, OH
May 24 - September 2, 2013

Quilt National is a biennial international juried exhibition of contemporary innovative quilts. The first Quilt National was shown in 1979. The eighteenth in the series of international juried competitions dedicated to promoting the contemporary quilt by serving as a showcase for NEW work (completed after September 1, 2010). The jurors will select works that represent unique approaches to the medium and demonstrate the breadth and diversity of contemporary expressions.


Artist must be 18 years or older. All work must be the result of independent effort. Work cannot be created for or the product of an instructional setting in which another artist or teacher has provided guidance and/or suggestions. The work must be an original design, not a copy or a variation on the original design of another artist working in any medium.

The work must possess the basic structural characteristics of a quilt. It must be predominately fabric or fabric-like material and MUST be composed of at least two full and distinct layers – a face layer and a backing layer. The face layer may be described by any or a combination of the following terms: pieced, appliquéd, whole cloth, stitched/fused to a foundation. The face and backing layers must be held together by hand- or machine made functional quilting stitches or other elements that pierce all layers and are distributed throughout the surface of the work. At least some of these stitches or elements should be visible on the back of the work. As an alternative, the work may be a modular construction (an assemblage of smaller quilts). Each individual module, however, must meet the above structural criteria.

A non-refundable entry fee of $35.00 (thirtyfive US dollars) will accompany the entry submission. This fee includes the entry fee and the online submission of the full view and detail image of one quilt. Entrants may submit up to two (2) additional works for an additional fee of $5 (five dollars) per work.

Work will be judged on originality, design, technique, and craftsmanship. Jurors will select no more that one work by an artist. Preliminary acceptance will be granted on the basis of the digital image submission. Final acceptance will be granted after a jurors’ representative has examined the work itself. Approximately 85 works will be selected.


Linda Colsh (Belgium), Judith Content (CA), Penny McMorris (OH)

Monetary awards for Quilt National works exceed $6,000:

$1,500 Best of Show
In-kind Quilts Japan Prize
$1,200 Award of Excellence
$ 850 Most Innovative Use of the Medium
$ 700 Young Emerging Artist Award
$ 500 Persistence Pays Award
$ 500 McCarthy Memorial Award
$ 500 Cathy Rasmussen Emerging Artist Memorial Award
$ 350 Lynn Goodwin Borgman Award for Surface Design
$ 350 Quilt Surface Design Symposium Award of Excellence
$ 250 Heartland Prize
$ 150 People’s Choice Award

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Quilt National '13 entries will be submitted ONLINE ONLY.

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Kathleen Dawson
Quilt National Director
Telephone: (740)592-4981