Saturday, April 17, 2010

Quilt National ’11

Deadline: September 10, 2010 (RECEIVE)

Quilt National ’11

An international juried exhibition of innovative contemporary art
Dairy Barn Arts Center
Athens, OH
May 27 - September 5, 2011

The seventeenth 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, 2008) that provides the viewer with an appreciation of the variety of techniques and innovative trends in the medium of layered and stitched fabric. The jurors will select works that represent unique approaches to the medium and demonstrate the breadth and diversity of contemporary expressions. Visitors to Quilt National ’11 will see that the time-honored traditions are thriving and are being expressed in new forms as today’s artists rise to meet the challenges of new techniques and materials.


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.

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.

All entries must be NEW work – completed after September 1, 2008. The recent modification of an older or previously dated work DOES NOT make the work eligible unless the artist can document significant differences between the original and revised versions of the piece.

ENTRY FEE: A non-refundable entry fee of $35.00 (U.S funds) must accompany the entry submission.

Eleanor McCain (FL): Eleanor McCain is a practicing physician in the state of Florida. Although her career has been in science, she has always sought a creative outlet, focusing on the art quilt after 1994. Her works can be seen in numerous public and private collections including the Mint Museum. She lectures frequently on the art quilt. She has served on the board of Florida Craftsmen Inc., and been featured in numerous publications.

Pauline Verbeeck-Cowart (MO): MFA in textile design (University of Kansas) is a studio artist and associate professor at the Kansas City Art Institute. She is the recipient of numerous awards and her work has been exhibited extensively in both national and international venues.

Nelda Warkentin (AK): Nelda Warkentin is an artist who has been creating art quilts since 1997. Her work, which has been in Quilt National numerous times, has received international recognition. She is Treasurer of Studio Art Quilt Associates.

Download: Quilt National '11 Entry Form

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