Interpretations: Conversations is an international juried exhibition presented by Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles, October 21, 2017 through January 7, 2018. Visions Art Museum is a program of Quilt San Diego, a non-profit organization, established in 1985 to promote contemporary quilts and quilt artists. The jurors will select work that exemplifies innovation in quilting and surface design techniques as well as excellence in composition and craftsmanship. Cash awards will be presented at the Opening Reception, October 21, 2017. A full color publication will accompany the exhibition.
Pamela Allen is an award winning, contemporary quilter and fiber artist whose quilts are exhibited regularly in Canada, the United States and abroad. “I arrived on the scene having worked for more than twenty years as a full time artist,” says Pamela. “First exclusively as a painter, but moving over time to printmaking, assemblage art and paper collage. It was that last adventure with paper that made me question why I couldn’t do the same in a more permanent medium like fabric.”
Residing in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, Pamela has taught as an adjunct instructor in the Fine Art department at Queens University, Kingston, as well as teaching workshops about fabric art in Canada and the U.S.
Eszter Bornemisza of Budapest, Hungary, began quilting in the late ’90s after nearly 20 years as a researcher. She has a Ph.D in mathematics. Her quilts reflect traces and settlements of past cultures. “As the urban structure develops, widens, thickens, clots and creates subsystems in history,” states Eszter, “the cities that live within undergo an endless and continuous evolution.” That exploration appears in much of her work and also determines her process: part research of civilizations and part experimentation to find the right techniques for her expressions.
Eszter’s work has been widely exhibited and published, and is the subject of a 132-page catalog. She has recently been working on large scale transparent textiles while keeping her sources of inspiration in patterns of urban living, moving to three dimensional objects and installations.
Rosalie Dace is an award winning South African quilt maker whose work reflects her passion for color, pattern and texture. Her lifelong interest in textiles and embroidery include degrees in Art and English and she has been teaching quilt making and embroidery in South African since 1983. While she values the traditions of quilt making, Rosalie believes a quilt should say something about its time and place in history. This and her awareness of being a South African artist give her work its particular character.
Apart from her art and teaching commitments, Rosalie teaches Zulu women embroidery skills for the Durban Manufacturing Advisory Centre and for a trust operating in rural KwaZulu-Natal. She also teaches patchwork and quilting to seniors in Durban.
- Visions Art Museum 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, 2015. 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, Not for Sale (NFS) works may be entered.
- The maximum width of finished quilts may not exceed 72″. There is no minimum size.
- High quality professional photographs are recommended.
- 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 1800 pixels on the longest side.
- Each quilt must have a 3″ 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 October 1, 2017 through January 21, 2018. Images of quilts selected will be retained by Visions Art Museum for publicity and promotional purposes. Acknowledgement of the artist will be made in all such uses. The artist retains copyright of the work at all times.
Shipping & Insurance
Selected artists are responsible for packing, shipping and insurance in transit both ways. 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 in Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles. The annual membership levels and benefits are listed on the museum website, www.visionsartmuseum.org. As an artist member you may enter up to 3 entries. Artist member benefits also include opportunities to link your website or blog to the museum website and to have your work juried into the 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 – January 31, 2017: online entries will be accepted.
March 15, 2017: notification sent to artists, selected and non-selected.
October 1, 2017: art work from selected artists must be received by Visions Art Museum.
October 21, 2017: Opening Reception at Visions Art Museum, San Diego, California.
January 7, 2018: Exhibition closes.
By January 21, 2018: Art work returned to artists.