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2017 Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie

The Call for Entries for the 2017 Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie is now open!

Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie is an annual juried exhibit of contemporary quilt art held at the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, Indiana. All works must be quilted (two or more distinct layers held together with stitches). The layers may include fiber and textile materials, but this is not required and other techniques and mediums are acceptable as long as the work is quilted, as defined above. The exhibit is open to artists, age 18 or older, living in the United States.

For more information and to submit your art, please visit You will need to create a CaFÉ profile to submit, which you can do by clicking on the “How to Apply” tab at the top of the Call page.

The 2017 exhibition will be on view July 21 – September 16, 2017. Accepted artists will be eligible for cash awards equaling over $2,650, including a $1,000 Best of Show award.

2017 Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie


  • April 21, 2017, 11:59:59 PM Mountain Time Zone: Entry deadline
  • April 28 – May 26, 2017:       Jurying process
  • May 31, 2017: Notification of acceptance
  • June 17 – July 1, 2017: Accepted works received at Carnegie Center
  • July 21, 2017: Opening reception
  • July 21 – September 16, 2017: Exhibition dates
  • September 18, 2017: Works available for pickup
  • September 25, 2017: Works shipped on or about

Cash Awards:

  • $1,000 Suellen Wilkinson Best of Show sponsored by Carnegie Center Inc.
  • $500 Award in memory of textile artist Alma Lesch sponsored by the DELvelopment Foundation
  • $500 Award of Excellence presented by the Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists
  • $300 Award of Excellence presented by River City Fiber Artists
  • $100 Award for Creative Use of Stitching presented by the Southern Indiana Quilt Guild
  • $100 Award for Political and Social Commentary
  • $100 Inspired by Nature Award
  •  $50 Visitors’ Choice Award
  •  Plus additional cash Awards of Merit

Jurors: The exhibit is juried each year by a rotating panel of fiber artists & experts, who consider the originality, design, technique, and craftsmanship of the submitted works. The 2017 jury includes:

Françoise Barnes lives and creates in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She discovered a love for creating art quilts after moving to the United States from France and attending classes at Ohio University. She then spent 20 years exhibiting, teaching, jurying, and sharing her passion of art quilts throughout the United States and abroad. Barnes was also one of three artists that co-founded the prestigious “Quilt National” biennial exhibition at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio in 1979. Her work can be found in the collections of Aetna, Delaware Art Museum, and General Electric, among others.

Ramona Lindsey is a self-taught fiber artist and the Director of Education at the Kentucky Museum of Art + Craft in Louisville, Kentucky. Lindsey uses her background in education and art for social activism and community building through a number of projects in both Louisville and Chicago, such as the “Stop the Violence” traveling quilts exhibit created with her fourth grade students to raise awareness and promote peace in Chicago.

Shawn Quinlan lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has been an art quilter since 1995.  Over the years, Quinlan has been able to incorporate various aspects of many different art mediums with which he’s worked with to create his sometimes edgy, always humorous, quilts that often comment on contemporary politics and culture. He has shown his work throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia, including multiple times in “Form, Not Function” at the Carnegie Center and “Quilt National” at Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio. Quinlan was also a part of the touring exhibition “Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters” over 2015 and 2016.