Quilts=Art=Quilts 2019

Oct 26, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020

Quilts = Art = Quilts is an annual juried quilt exhibition that has been held since the Art Center's opening in 1981. Each year the exhibit attracts competitive entries from some of the world's leading quilt makers and fiber artists.

Juried by Claire Benn and Petra Fallaux, Quilts= Art = Quilts 2019 features 73 quilts from 64 national and international artists. The exhibit opens on Saturday Oct. 26th and closes Jan. 5th, 2020.

Prizes winners for QAQ are: 

Best in Show: Shadow Jungle by Connie Carrington

First Prize: Franklin Gothic Heavy by Leah Higgins

Second Prize: Hedgerow by Gerri Spilka

Schweinfurth Award for Excellence: Listen Louder than You Sing by Shannon Conley

Finger Lakes Fiber Artist's Award for Surface Design: Crickets by Linda Waddle

Catherine Hastedt Award for Hand Workmanship: Line Dried by Helen Geglio 

The Shirley Hastedt Award: when all is said by Melissa Matson

Juror's Choice: The Ground is Shifting by Valerie Masar-Flanagan 

Juror's Choice: Precipice by Jan Tetzlaff


Trunk Shows and events: 


Claire Benn: Claire Benn is one of the UK's leading mixed media and textile artists. Claire lives and works in a converted barn in Surrey, UK. She is an author, curator, and educator in art textiles. Her work has been exhibited in galleries on an international scale, including: USA: 'Material Pulses; Eight Viewpoints' Ohio (2016), Europe: The Florence Biennale (2007) European Art Quilt-touring Europe and the USA (2004, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2017), UK: 'Lines, Rows, Rhythm & Repetition Birmingham (2016) and with ViewSeven at the Menier Gallery, London (2013, 2015, 2017)- among many more. Claire's book publishing includes publications via the teaching studio of Committed to Cloth, which she co-founded and partnered until 2015. There are six publications, including Making Your Mark and Finding Your Own Visual Language. In addition to teaching at the Committed to Cloth studios, her teaching work has brought her to the Crow Timber-Framed Barn in Ohio, USA, the Masseria della Zingara in Puglia, Italy, The Textile Centre in Minneapolis USA, The Surface Design Association Conference, Kansas City, USA and Textile Studio in Speyer, Germany. Claire has also curated exhibitions and served as a juror for European Art Quilt 2010, 2012 and 2014, and Fine Art Quilt Masters in 2013.

Petra Fallaux: Dutch native Petra Fallaux is a writer, curator, and artist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She co-directs an award winning architectural firm, Springboard Design, whose work includes museum, exhibition, and public interest design. After receiving degrees in psychology and film studies in the Netherlands, Petra moved to the United States where she earned a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Upon graduation, the university hired Petra to direct its art galleries. She curated well over one hundred exhibitions in a variety of media ranging from quilts, paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, video, architecture, and design, to multimedia and site specific installations.

Learn more about the jurors


Q=A=Q 2019 and Ellen M. Blalock from stephen achimore on Vimeo.


The 2019 Quilts=Art=Quilts Artists are:

  • Linda Anderson: La Mesa, CA
  • Deb Berkebile: Conneaut, OH
  • Margaret Black: Boswell, PA
  • Pat Budge: Garden Valley, ID
  • Susan Callahan: Silver Spring, MD
  • Connie Carrington: Huntsville, AL
  • Erika Carter: Renton, WA
  • Sandra Palmer Ciolino: Cincinnati, OH
  • Shannon Conley: Moore, OK
  • Cheryl Costley: Marco Island, FL
  • Nancy Crasco: Brighton, MA
  • Suzan Engler: Panorama Village, TX
  • Diane Franklin: Jamaica Plain, MA
  • Judith Quinn Garnett: Portland, OR
  • Helen Geglio: South Bend, IN
  • Sandy Gregg: Cambridge, MA
  • Anne Hammond: Silver Spring, MD
  • Leah Higgins: Eccles, United Kingdom
  • Ruby Horansky: Warminster, PA
  • Patricia Kennedy-Zafred: Murrysville, PA
  • Elke Klein: Beckingen, Germany
  • Denise Kooperman: Trumansburg, NY
  • Paulette Landers: Rainier, OR
  • Eunhee Lee: Seoul, Korea
  • Susan Leonard: Wynnewood, PA
  • Russ Little: College Park, MD
  • Pamela Loewen: Williamston, MI
  • Viviana Lombrozo: San Diego, CA
  • Aryana Londir: Phoenix, AZ
  • Niraja Lorenz: Eugene, OR
  • Jeanne Marklin: Williamstown, MA
  • Joyce Martelli: Rochester, NY
  • Valerie Maser-Flanagan: Carlisle, MA
  • Melissa Matson: Honeoye Falls, NY
  • Mary Mattimoe: Newmarket, England
  • Sherri Lipman McCauley: Lakeway, TX
  • Susan Michael: Tulsa, OK
  • Amanda Miller: Eugene, OR
  • Patricia Mink: Johnson City, TN
  • Frances Murphy: Surprise, AZ
  • Frauke Palmer: Columbus, OH
  • Pat Pauly: Rochester, NY
  • Sandra Poteet: Grass Valley, CA
  • Heather Pregger: Fort Worth, TX
  • Wen Redmond: Strafford, NH
  • Denise Roberts: Albright, WV
  • Sandy Shelenberger: Conneaut, OH
  • Maria Shell: Anchorage, AK
  • Stephanie Shore: Lexington, MA
  • Brenda Gael Smith: Copacabana, Australia
  • Priscilla Smith: Chatham, MA
  • Gerri Spilka: Philadelphia, PA
  • Lee Sproull: Leeds, MA
  • Christine Staver: Boalsburg, PA
  • Andrew Steinbrecher: Cincinnati, OH
  • Jan Tetzlaff: Bend, OR
  • Daniela Tiger: Toronto, Canada
  • Jeanne Treleaven: Adelaide, Australia
  • Naomi Velasquez: Pocatello, ID
  • Kit Vincent: Ottawa, Canada
  • Linda Waddle: Auburn, CA
  • Vickie Wheatley: Louisville, KY
  • Hope Wilmarth: Spring, TX
  • Kathy York: Austin, TX