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STATEMENT

 
 

I have been asked numerous times why I don’t paint instead of making quilts, since my work seems far from its traditional roots. My answer is that the work would not be the same; there are qualities inherent in art made of fabric and thread: the particular depth of the colors, the layers, and the texture of the stitches, that can’t be duplicated in another medium.  Handling and placing the fabric to create a composition is a totally different process than working with brush and canvas or paper. I don’t wish to emulate or compete with painting, but rather to make good quilts, which reflect these special characteristics.

I construct collage-like art quilts using fabrics which I have patterned with a variety of surface design processes, including immersion dyeing, painting with dyes and pigments, screen-, mono- and Inko-printing, chemical resist, and discharge. The surface is layered with dyed organza, which can enhance or change the color beneath it, and with machine stitching and embroidery.

 
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I am a full-time studio art quilter, primarily self-taught. First in my home studio and later in spaces in artists’ coops (currently in Washington DC), I have spent the past 20 years learning and practicing my art.

After a brief career in social work, I discovered the textile arts in the late 1960s and began to explore as many techniques and materials as I could.

 I felt I had finally found a kind of work, which would be fulfilling over the long haul. At the beginning I concentrated on weaving and dyeing, making a few quilts now and then; the number kept increasing until I realized that this was my medium. I gradually developed my own way of doing things and a personal style, which involved finding a way to do the types of designs I envisioned without using the precise techniques of traditional quiltmaking. Hence, a sort of overlapping appliqué, leaving the edges raw, was my solution. Since I didn’t know the rules, I was free to break them and to achieve the kind of spontaneity I was seeking.
 
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EXHIBITIONS - SOLO AND SMALL GROUP

2015

Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City MD (2-person)

Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely MD (solo)

Textures in Wax and Fiber, Crossroads Gallery, Falls Church VA (2-person)

Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg PA

2014

Art Maryland 2014, Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City MD
Cornell Museum of Art, Delray Beach FL
Focus Fiber, Erie Art Museum, Erie PA
Ross Art Museum, Delaware OH
Coast to Coast, Visions Art Museum, San Diego CA

2013

Innovations in Fiber Art VI, Sebastopol Art Center, CA

2012

Solo exhibit, Delaplaine Art Center, Frederick MD

Solo exhibit, Black Rock Center for the Aarts, Germantown MD

Art Quilt Invitational, Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery County campus, Baltimore MD

Assembled, Kramer Gallery, Silver Spring MD

Synchronicity, High Wire Gallery, Phildelphia PA

2011

Visions Art Quilt Museum (2-person exhibit), San Diego, CA

Hands All Around, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX

2010

Elusive Beauty (2-person exhibit) Festival Of Quilts, Birmingham UK,August

2007

Solo Exhibition, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington VA

2005

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose CA

2003

Rockville Arts Place, Rockville MD

2001

Glenview Mansion Gallery, Rockville, MD

2000

The Landmark at Eastview, Tarrytown, NY

1998

Glenview Mansion Gallery, Rockville, MD

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EXHIBITIONS - JURIED AND INVITATIONAL

2012

High Fiber Under Five, SJMQT, San Jose CA

Art Quilt Elements, Wayne Art Center, Wayne PA

The Natural World, International Quilt Festival, Houston TX and travelling

Craft Forms, Wayne Art Center, Wayne PA

Art Quilt Invitational, Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery County campus

2011

Quilt National 11, Athens, Ohio, May-September 2011 and travelling

Celebrate, National Quilt Museum, Paducah, KY

2010

Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn NY

Creative Force 2010, International Quilt Festival, Houston ,Octoer 2010 and travelling

Hands All Around, International Quilt Festival, Houston, October 2010 and travelling

Quilt Art 25 and Slice of Quilt Art, travelling in Europe through 2012

Quilt Art:International Expressions, travelling in the US through 2011

2009

Hands All Around XXV, International Quilt Festival and travelling, Houston TX

Wichita National All Media Craft Exhibition, Wichita KS

New Image: New Work, Suffolk Museum, Suffolk VA

Earth in the Balance, Union Of Concerned Sceintists, Washington DC

Transformations 09, Birmingham UK and travelling

Quilt National 09, Athens OH and travellling

30th Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa AZ

Mixed Media Fiber Art, Danforth Museum, Framingham MA

Spring in Fiber, Blue Hour Gallery, Marshall MI

Craft Forms, Wayne Art Center, Wayne PA

New Focus and Transformations 08, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay OR

2008

Visions Art Quilt Gallery, San Diego CA

Earth in the Balance, Union Of Concerned Sceintists, Washington DC

Craft Forms, Wayne Art Center, Wayne PA

New Focus and Transformations 08, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay OR

Art Quilts Elements, Wayne PA

Merit Award, Southworks, OCAF, Watkinsville GA

Four Visions, Eight Hands, Ratner Museum, Bethesda MD

Transformations 08, Birmingham UK and travelling

Columbus Museum of Art, Material Matters

New Focus, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay OR

2007

Creative Force, International Quilt Festival, Houston TX

Quilt Art 22, Minerva Art Center, Llanidloes Wales

Sum of the Parts, Surface Design Conference, Kansas City MO

Fiber artists Collective, American Academy for the Advancement of Science, Washington DC

Cooper Cary Architectural Firm, Alexandria VA

Subject:Object, Blue Spiral Gallery

Mid-Atlantic Art Exhibition, D’Art Center, Norfolk VA

9x10, WWP Gallery, Washington DC

Markings, Page-Walker Arts Center,Cary NC

2006

Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn NY

Surface Tension, Kean University, Union NJ

Quilts for Art's Sake 5, Gallery 214 Art Space, Montclair NJ

The Creative Force, Houston TX

Fiber's Finest, Gilchrist Museum,Cumberland MD

Crafts National, Lancaster Museum of Art, PA

Gallery DePaul, Lancaster PAArt Quilts at the Sedgwick, Philadelphia, PA

Tied Together: Textile Art in the 21st Century, Vision Gallery, Chandler, AZ

On the Wall, Colorado Springs CO

Deja Vu, Arlington Arts Center VA

Textile Arts Today, Mountain View CA

2005

Quilt Art 20, Collins Gallery, Glasgow Scotland, July 3 - August 21 2005, and travelling in Europe and Japan through 2007 (catalog available

Hardware, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, October  26 - December 4, 2005, and travelling, (catalog available)

Fiber Feast, Fiber Art Center, Amherst, MA

Rooted in Tradition:Art Quilts from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO,

Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center,Auburn NY, Nov 2005-Jan 2006

Permanent Collection Galleries, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, June, 2005

Fiber Directions, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS, May 6 - June 19, 2005

The Summer Quilt Show, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, OH, July 16 - September 18, 2005

Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England, August 2005

On the Soft Edge:Adventures in Contemporary Textiles, Dorchester Arts Center, Cambridge, MD, July, 2005

Tribute to Fiber Art, ApexGallery, Washington, DC, May 6 - June 18, 2005

Layers of Meaning
, Contemporary Crafts Museum and Gallery,Portland OR (Poster illustration)                       
2004
Quilted Surface II, Riffe Gallery,Columbus, OH

Art Quilts at the Sedgwick
, Philadelphia, PA

Re-Interpretations
, Frankfort, Germany

American Craft Gallery
, Cleveland, OH

Materials Hard and Soft
, Denton, TX (also 2005)
2003
Quilt National, Athens, OH
2002
Quilt 21, Lowell, MA
2001
Craft Forms, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA                       
2000
Thirteen Moons Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1999
  • Quilt National 99, Athens, OH

    Hanging by a Thread,
    Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
1998
12th Biennial of Miniature Textiles International, Szombathely, Hungary

Abstracted/FIgured/Exposed
, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD

4th Contemporary Quilt Exhibition
, Gross McCLeaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1995
Quilt National, Dairy Barn, Athens, OH

Full Deck Art Quilts
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Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC
1994
Art Quilt International, Penny Nii Quilt Art, Mountain View, CA
1993
Quilt National, Dairy Barn Art Center, Athens, OH

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PUBLICATIONS

2015

1000 Quilt Inspirations, Sandra Sider, 2015

2014

Visual Guide to Working in a Series, Elizabeth Barton, 2014

2013

Connected Cloth, Cas Holmes and Anne Kelly, 2013

2012

Textiles:The Art of Mankind, Mary Schoeser, 2012

2010

Pioneering Quilt Artists, 1960-1980, Sandra Sider, 2010

500 Art Quilts, Lark Books, 2010

2009

Connecting Art to Stitch, Sandra Meech, Batsford, 2009

Quilting Art, Spike Gillespie, Voyageur Press, Fall 2009

2008

Quilting Arts magazine, Aug-Sept 2008

Textiel Plus (Netherlands textile magazine), Winter 2008

Surface Design Journal, Spring 2008

Quilters Newsletter Magazine, April 2008

Contemporary Quilt Art,Kate Lenkowsky, Indiana University Press, 2008

2007

Arts in Embassies Exhibition Catalog,  La Paz, Bolivia, 2007

American Craft, Gallery section, April/May 07

University of Chicago Magazine, July/Aug 07

Montgomery County Insight, December 2007

Food,Glorious Food:Just Desserts (calendar), Zenith Community Arts Foundation, Washington DC

2006

Creative Quilts:Inspiration, Texture and Stitch, Sandra Meech,

Surface Design Journal, Gallery Issue, September 2006

Popular Patchwork, (England), Feb 06

Collage Sourcebook, Jennifer Atkinson, Paula Grasdal, Holly Harrison

2005

Surface Design Journal, Fall 2005

Embroidery Magazine, Sept/Oct 05

Tulane Review, Spring, 2005 (Cover illustration)

Color and Composition for the Creative Quilter, Katie Pasquini Masopust and Brett Barker, Fall, 2005

Art In Embassies Program/United States Embassy Vilnius, 2005, (Cover illustration)

2004

Fiberarts Design Book 7

Fiberarts Magazine
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November/December

1999

  • Fiberarts Design Book 6

1998

Art/ Quilt Magazine, Issue #8

1997

The Art Quilt, Robert Shaw, Hugh Lauter Levin Associates

Imagery on Fabric
(revised edition), Jean Ray Laury, C & T Publishing

1996

Fiberarts Magazine, January/February, September/October

Collage Art
,
Jennifer Atkinson, Rockport Publishers

1995

Fiberarts Design Book 5

1992

Fiberarts Design Book 4

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AWARDS

2014

DC Commission on Arts and Humanities Art Bank, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014

2013

Potomac Fiber Arts Guild Award, Creative Crafts Council Biennial, Rockville MD

2012

2012 Iindividual Artist Award, Maryland State Arts Council

Honorable Mention, American Craft Today, Bascom Art Center, Highlands NC

2011

Award of Excellence, SDA Member exhibition, Minneapolis MN

Best in Show, A Tribute to Fiber Art, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown MD

2010

Surface Design award, Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Art Center, NY

Merit Award, Images 09, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, State College PA

FY10 Creative Projects Grant, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD

2009

Merit Award, Images 09, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, State College PA

FY10 Creative Projects Grant, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD

Juror’s Award, 30th Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition, Mesa Contemporary Arts

2007

Merit award, Southworks, Oconnee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville GA.

Best Innovative Design, Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn NY.

2006

DC Commission on Arts and Humanities purchase award

2001

Individual Artist Award, Maryland State Arts Council

1996

Juror’s Award, Crafts National 30, juror Michael Monroe

1994

Juror’s Award, Mesa Art Center, jurors: Claire Verstegen and Carol Shinn

1991

Montgomery County Arts Council Artists Fellowship

1990

Third Prize, Artists Equity Members Exhibit, juror Willem deLooper

1986

Best in Show, New Art Center Juried Crafts Exhibit, juror Sherley Koteen

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COLLECTIONS

Visa International, San Mateo, CA

Braintree District Museum, England

Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC.

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO

Kaiser Permanente, Folsom CA, Roseville CA

Carolinas Medical Center, Mercy, NC

 
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