Quilt art entries wanted for ‘Pathfinders: New Territories’ exhibit

Foreground: Composite needles, thread; Background: "The Ancient Beginning of the New World" silk art quilt by Valya Simpson was the featured image from a 2012 exhibition at Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah, 2012 | Photo by Valya Simpson courtesy of Southern Utah Museum of Art; composite image St. George News, Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY – The new Southern Utah Museum of Art at Southern Utah University in Cedar City has announced a call for artists for its inaugural 2017 biennial, national, juried art quilt exhibition with the theme of “Pathfinders: New Territories.” Artists from anywhere in the United States and its territories are invited to submit work for consideration by jurors Marilyn Badger and Sandra Hoefner.

"My Favorite Things" is an impressionistic landscape art quilt with happy flowers blooming around a white picket fence.  This art quilt is created with batik and printed cotton fabrics cut and layered under polyester tulle.  Antique doilies represent the weed queen anns lace.  Seed beads and Swarovski crystals add shimmer and shine.  Free-motion machine stitching, with various colored  embroidery threads, add highlights and texture. Art quilt by Ann Loveless, for illustrative purposes | Photo of quilt courtesy of Loveless, St. George News
“My Favorite Things” is an impressionistic landscape art quilt with happy flowers blooming around a white picket fence. This art quilt is created with batik and printed cotton fabrics cut and layered under polyester tulle. Antique doilies represent the weed queen anns lace. Seed beads and Swarovski crystals add shimmer and shine. Free-motion machine stitching, with various colored embroidery threads, add highlights and texture. Art quilt by Ann Loveless, for illustrative purposes | Photo of quilt courtesy of Loveless, St. George News

While there is a strong tradition in Southern Utah for traditional quilt making, artists are increasingly involved in art quilting.

Deborah Snider was curator of the highly acclaimed 2012 international invitational art quilt exhibition at Southern Utah University. She said visitors were surprised by the exhibit.

“Visitors to the gallery in 2012 were astonished at the wide variety of art quilts, fabric collages, and embroidered artwork on display and had no idea of the sophisticated vision of today’s artists working in fibers and fabrics,” she said.

A 17-member advisory board of art quilters from Colorado, Nevada and Utah are steering the 2017 exhibition. The theme of “Pathfinders: New Territories” is defined as any person, group or idea that is visionary in nature and blazes new ground.

Pathfinders invent myriad life-saving and life-enhancing amenities all over the world. They discover new truths that add to humanity’s understanding of both the constructed and natural world. Pathfinders are found in every age group and in every country throughout history.

The common denominator of pathfinders may be their curiosity, courage, wanderlust, sense of adventure, willingness to take risks and the unwillingness to live life as it has always been lived without asking “What If?” and “Why Not?”

This exhibition will be held from June 30-Aug. 26, 2017, at the Southern Utah Museum of Art, a state-of-the-art facility with 600 linear feet of exhibition space in a 6,000-square-foot gallery.

The online entry site will open on Nov. 1, with a deadline for submissions of Feb. 1, 2017. Accepted artists will be notified by March 15, 2017.

A catalog will be produced for the exhibition, which will include commentary by the jurors, who will also award monetary prizes.

About Juror Marilyn Badger

Badger has produced award-winning quilts since 1991, including numerous awards around the country for Best of Show. She also won Best Longarm Quilting awards at all three American Quilter’s Society shows held in: Paducah, Kentucky; Nashville, Tennessee; and Des Moines, Iowa.

Badger and her professional quilting techniques have been featured on over 60 PBS quilting shows with Fons and Porter and Kaye Wood as well as “Quilt Central” with Donna Wilder and Janie Donaldson and HGTV’s “Simply Quilts” with Alex Andersen. Her work has also been featured in many national and international quilting books and magazines.

"Autumn Whitetail" is an impressionistic landscape art quilt depicting a deer hidden among the fall foliage. This art quilt is created with batik and printed cotton fabrics cut and layered under  polyester tulle. Free-motion machine stitching, with various colored embroidery threads, add highlights and texture. Art quilt by Ann Loveless, for illustrative purposes | Photo of quilt courtesy of Loveless, St. George News
“Autumn Whitetail” is an impressionistic landscape art quilt depicting a deer hidden among the fall foliage. This art quilt is created with batik and printed cotton fabrics cut and layered under polyester tulle. Free-motion machine stitching, with various colored embroidery threads, add highlights and texture. Art quilt by Ann Loveless, for illustrative purposes | Photo of quilt courtesy of Loveless, St. George News

After teaching longarm quilting classes for 11 years in her studio, as well as in the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan, Badger now serves as a consultant to American Professional Quilting Systems and has been an active participant on their behalf at major national and international quilt shows. 

About Juror Sandra Hoefner

Hoefner currently lives in Grand Junction, Colorado, after 19 moves as a military spouse. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and ceramics from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and a Master of Fine Arts in drawing, painting and mixed media — which includes fiber and assemblage — from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Hoefner has shown her art quilts internationally and nationally in popular juried exhibitions such as the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas; the American Quilter’s Society show in Paducah, Kentucky; “Earth, Fire and Fibre,” in Anchorage, Alaska; and “Interior Artisans” in Fairbanks, Alaska. Her work is in the collections of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks Museum and the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank.

Hoefner is a juried artist member of Studio Art Quilt Associates, a national art quilt organization. She is also a member of the Art Quilt Association of Western Colorado, Front Range Contemporary Quilters-Colorado, Fabric Arts Studio-Connecticut and the Surface Design Association. Hoefner’s artwork is included in over 10 national art quilt and fiber publications.

The Beverley’s July ribbon-cutting

The opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, encompassing both the all new Southern Utah Museum of Art and and the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s two new theaters and facilities, will be held July 7 at 10 a.m.

The Southern Utah Museum of Art’s inaugural “First Peek” will be held June 25, exhibiting 37 selected pieces of art as the cornerstone of the event.

Resources

  • A prospectus for this exhibition is available at the Southern Utah Museum of Art website.

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