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Form, Not Function Virtual Jurors’ Talk

Thursday, June 10 at 12 p.m. EDT

Join us on Zoom on Thursday, June 10th at 12 PM EDT for this month’s Lunch and Learn program, featuring a virtual jurors’ talk with this year’s Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie jurors! Denise Mucci Furnish (Louisville, KY), Valerie Goodwin (Tallahassee, FL), and Dan Olfe (La Jolla, CA) will talk about their experiences as Form, Not Function jurors and share their thoughts on this year’s entries and the accepted works.

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Denise Mucci Furnish uses discarded quilts and the remains of quilts and paints into them, interacting with their form, pattern, and surface. Her work has evolved from 1980 as a commentary on the quilt itself as a sign of women’s visibility in the arts, later as a sign of the invisibility and deterioration as well as strength and beauty of aging. Her current work examines the relationship of the quilt to the bed, as a witness to birth, dreams, sex, illness, and death, both personal and political.

Furnish was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She has a BA from the University of Kentucky and a BFA and MA from the University of Louisville. She is one of the founding mothers of the Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Association. She has backgrounds in quilt restoration, painting, surface design, and graphic design. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has won awards in national exhibitions. She currently works from her Portland studio in Louisville.

Valerie Goodwin is a mixed media fiber artist and architect whose works of fine art are included in museum and private collections. Most of her work is inspired by a love of aerial views of landscapes and cities. Many of her quilts are based on maps.

Goodwin’s art has moved through various stages from traditional quilting to an interest in abstract expressionism and, currently, it is inspired by real and imaginary landscapes and cities. In some cases, her work shows an architectural sense of space with an archaeological perspective. In others, the network of the city and its built form is more prominent. These compositions work on several levels, from close up and far away as if one was looking at it from above.

She received degrees in architecture from Washington University and Yale University. Her award winning work has been widely published and exhibited. She also lectures and gives workshops nationally and internationally. For over 26 years, she taught architectural design at Florida A & M University.

Dan Olfe creates quilt designs using a variety of 2-D and 3-D software on his computer that get directly printed on fabric prior to quilting, sometimes hand painting on the surfaces for added visual layering. Because of his experience in developing and teaching a computer graphics course, it was natural for him to design on a computer.

Olfe has exhibited in a number of juried and invitational national exhibitions. He has received the Surface Design Award at the Quilt Visions 2008 exhibition, the New Directions Award at Interpretations 2017; the Jill Le Croissette Memorial Award at Quilt Visions 2018, and the Miriam Machell Award for Beauty at Interpretations 2019.

Olfe received a B.S.E. degree from Princeton and a Ph.D. from Caltech. He began making art quilts in 1997, after a career as an engineering professor (primarily at the University of California, San Diego).

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