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Quilt Visions 2018: Connections
Call for Entries January 1 – January 31, 2018
Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles
October 20, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Quilt Visions 2018: Connections is the 15th international juried exhibition produced by the Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles (VAM). The exhibition will be presented at Visions Art Museum in San Diego, California. The jurors will select work that exemplifies innovation in quilting and surface design techniques as well as excellence in composition and craftsmanship. A full color exhibition catalog will be published.
Alice Beasley began making portraits of people and objects thirty years ago while working as an attorney during the day. Since retiring 10 years ago she now devotes her skills solely to art. Beasley’s subject matter is primarily the human figure and the intricate web that plays out living in a major metropolitan area where diversity isn’t the exception, but the rule. This provides opportunities to see people of every age, race and status act out their lowest and highest emotions on street corners, at bus stops, in cafes and on playgrounds. She distills what she sees without patterns or templates, gradually building a composition cutting all pieces free-hand and then using machine appliqué for portraits of a multicultural world.
Beasley has exhibited throughout the United States including the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., the American Folk Art Museum in New York and the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum as well as abroad in Madrid, France, Croatia, Namibia and Japan. Her work appears in many public and private collections and publications. She has served on the selection committee for Alameda County’s purchase of artwork, a member of the Juried Artist Review Panel of Studio Art Quilt Associates, and on the board of directors for Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California.
A lifelong New Yorker and a graduate of Cooper Union College of Arts and Sciences, Marilyn Henrion is represented in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, and her works are included in museum, corporate, and private collections worldwide, including the Museum of Arts & Design, NYC; the Newark Museum, Newark, NJ; the Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI; the Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz, Poland; and the International Quilt Museum, Lincoln, NE among others. She has had over twenty solo exhibitions in the past thirty years, most recently in December, 2017 at Noho-M55 Gallery in New York City. At age 85, she is still actively creating new works for exhibition and commissions. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Textile Study Group of New York where she also serves as Exhibition Coordinator. Over the past four years she has organized three exhibitions for the Textile Study Group of New York as well as designing and producing print catalogs for each. Previous curating experience includes Urban Landscapes for Visions Art Museum, 2011, Fibrations: SAQA Artists, Noho Gallery, 2003; Three Perspectives: Russian Fiber Art, Tokyo, Japan, 1998; Five Perspectives: American Quilt Artists, Museum of Decorative Arts, Moscow, Russia, 1996.
Michael F. Rohde
Michael Rohde is currently the Co-Director of the American Tapestry Alliance, and serves on the boards of several art organizations. He has been a studio artist since the 1970s, starting with rugs and for the last couple of decades working in tapestry. He has always dyed the yarns he uses. His work is often abstract, but grounded in designs from many sources: other textiles, connections between text and textiles, a series of pixelated faces, and occasional pure geometric challenges. Though abstract, some pieces have addressed political and wider human concerns. His art has been included in the United States Department of State Art in Embassies Program, exhibits at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, the American Craft Museum in New York, the invitational Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland, and from Lausanne to Beijing (twice), Houses for Nomads (a solo exhibit) at the Janina Monkute-Marks Museum in Lithuania, and an exhibition at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park in San Diego. His work is in the permanent collections of the Mingei Museum, the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, the Ventura County Museum of Art, the Racine Art Museum, and The Art Institute of Chicago.
There are numerous cash awards.
Visions Art Museum Artist Members may submit up to three (3) entries of high quality contemporary art quilts in any medium for a juried exhibition.
- Entries must have been completed on or after January 1, 2016.
- Only one (1) quilt by each artist can be selected.
- An entry is considered to be a quilt if it is composed of at least two layers that are stitched or fastened together.
- Quilts for sale are strongly encouraged and preferred; however, NFS (Not for Sale) works may be entered.
- The maximum width of finished quilts may not exceed 72”. There is no minimum size.
- Due to the hanging system at the Museum and limited floor space, framed or stretched work and 3D work cannot be accommodated in this exhibition.
- Submit one overall digital image and one detail digital image for each piece of artwork.
- Digital images must be saved as a high quality JPEG file (No TIFF files).
- Finished images should be 2000 pixels on the longest side.
Each quilt must have a 3 inch sleeve securely attached to the back of the quilt. Quilts 60 inches or wider must have a center opening in the sleeve to allow for the hanging system VAM uses. A second sleeve at the bottom of the work is recommended.
Quilts must be available from April 13, 2018 through January 18, 2019. Images of selected quilts will be retained by Visions Art Museum to promote the exhibition and the museum. Acknowledgement of the artist will be made in all such uses. The artist retains copyright of the work at all times.
Shipping and Insurance
Selected artists are responsible for packing, shipping and insurance in transit both ways. A prepaid FedEx or UPS shipping label or account number is required for return shipping. FedEx and UPS accounts are free and can be obtained through their websites. Selected quilts by non-US residents may be subject to additional customs duty. Visions Art Museum does not assume responsibility for customs or brokerage charges. Artists will reimburse Visions Art Museum for any charges incurred.
All quilts will be handled with extreme care and, when possible, returned in their original packing materials. Visions Art Museum insures accepted work while in its possession at 50% of the retail price or the declared insurance value of not for sale (NFS) works. Artists may be asked to justify the insurance value if required.
Please note: The decision of the jurors is final. Visions Art Museum reserves the right to refuse to exhibit or to remove from the exhibition any quilt which is of poor quality, contains hazardous material or which has been misrepresented in the entry form or digital images. Selected quilts will be compared with the jury images before final selection is completed.
You must be an Artist Member of Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles. The annual membership levels and benefits are listed on the museum website, http://www.visionsartmuseum.org/join/. As an artist member you may enter up to 3 entries. Artist Member benefits also include the opportunity to link your website or blog to the Museum website and the opportunity to have your work juried into the Visions Online Exhibitions. Current members can add artist member benefits for $20 using the Museum’s secure online form, mailing a check or calling the museum, 619-546-4872.
January 1 – 31, 2018: online entries will be accepted
March 23, 2018: notification sent to artists, selected and non-selected
April 13, 2018: art work from selected artists must be received by Visions Art Museum
October 20, 2018: Exhibition opens with a Gala Opening Reception at Visions Art Museum, San Diego, California
October 21, 2018: Walk & Talk with the Artists and other activities TBA
January 6, 2019: Exhibition closes
By January 18, 2019: Art work returned to artists
How to Enter
Registration will open at midnight CDT on January 1, 2018.
Preview of the Registration Forms »
*Please note that this is NOT the form to enter. It is just a preview so that you may see what is required to get organized.