2021 Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie
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.
The 2021 exhibition will be on view May 14 – July 17, 2021. Accepted artists will be eligible for cash awards, including a $1,000 Best of Show award.
2021 Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie
- March 20, 2021, 11:59:59 PM Mountain Time Zone: Entry deadline
- March 22 – April 3, 2021: Jurying process
- April 6, 2021: Notification of acceptance
- April 19 – May 1, 2021: Accepted works received at Carnegie Center
- May 14, 2021: Opening reception
- May 14 – July 17, 2021: Exhibition dates
- July 19, 2021: Works available for pickup
- July 19 – 24, 2021: Works shipped on or about
Jurors: The exhibition 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 2021 jury includes:
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 ageing. 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.
Image: Denise Mucci Furnish, Double Pinwheels. Two discarded Pinwheel quilts, cut and re-assembled, canvas, acrylic. 96 x 96 inches.
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.
Image: Valerie Goodwin, Map Abstractions.
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).
Image: Dan Olfe, Color Square #5, 2019. Digitally-printed whole cloth polyester top, polyester batting, cotton canvas back. 59 x 58 inches.
Eligibility: Form, Not Function 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. We reserve the right to reject entries that do not meet this criterion. The exhibit is open to artists, age 18 or older, living in the United States. Collaborative works made by multiple artists are eligible. Works must be ready to hang on the wall, including the hanging rod. Works must be original and completed since January 1, 2018. There is no minimum or maximum size. (Gallery walls are 12 feet high. Works cannot be suspended from the ceiling.) Three-dimensional works (including those mounted on stretchers) are eligible, but must be ready to exhibit on the floor, on a pedestal or include hardware for wall display.
Entry Fee: $35.00 for up to three (3) works (represented by up to 6 images).
Entry Information: Entries will only be accepted online through www.callforentry.org
No more than one work by an artist will be selected. For each work entered, submit only two digital images of the completed work, one full view (showing all edges of the work) and one detail view (showing the stitching and details characteristic of your work). Entries that include more than two images for a single work will not be accepted. Images must be of the actual, completed artwork, rather than digital or other images used in the work. Please label detail images as such. Include title, media, dimensions and price with each image. You must also submit the completed application, correct entry fee, an artist statement and biography (each 3,000 characters maximum). Complete entry materials must be submitted online by March 20, 2021 at 11:59:59 PM Mountain Time Zone. Artists will be notified of acceptance on April 6, 2021.
Digital Images: See media preparation information at: https://artist.callforentry.org/image_prep.phtml
Image quality and color correction is extremely important and we advise that artists seek the services of a professional photographer. Backgrounds should be black, white, gray or earth tones with no text. We reserve the right to reject entries that are not accurately represented by the images. Accepted artists will be asked to email high-resolution images (300 dpi, and at least 5 x 5 inches print size) to Julie Leidner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Images uploaded to CaFE are automatically resized, and are not suitable for printing purposes. We reserve the right to use images of the work for publicity and educational purposes.
Insurance: The Carnegie Center for Art & History will insure all works from the time they arrive on site until they leave our premises. Artists should insure their works while in transit both directions. In the event of loss or damage, it will be the artist’s responsibility to provide documentation concerning the value of the work and the extent of the claim.
Display: All work must be received ready for hanging, including the hanging rod. Three-dimensional works (including works mounted on stretchers) must be ready to exhibit on the floor, on a pedestal or include mounting hardware for wall display.
Sales: We encourage artists to offer their works for sale. The Carnegie Center, Inc. will retain a 40% commission on any work sold during the exhibition at the Carnegie Center for Art & History or any sale that results from mediation by Carnegie Center staff or volunteers.
Shipping & Receiving: Artists are responsible for all shipping costs. The work must be shipped via Fed EX or UPS and a PRE-PAID return-shipping label must be enclosed with the work. Works not including a pre-paid return-shipping label may be excluded from the exhibition. Works should be shipped in a substantial, reusable container. The Carnegie Center will not be responsible for any damage due to incorrect packing or an insufficient container. Any specific packing instructions or requests should be included in writing in the shipping container. All works will be handled with care and returned in the original packing materials. Accepted works should arrive at the Carnegie Center from April 19 – May 1, 2021 between the hours of 10:00 – 5:00. Works will be available for pick up on July 19, 2021 between 10:00 – 5:00 and works will be shipped on or about July 19 – 24, 2021. Please call ahead to 812-944-7336 if you plan to deliver or pick up your work in person.
Terms and conditions: By submitting work to this competition, the artist agrees to all terms and conditions listed in this prospectus.
Mailing address: Carnegie Center for Art & History, 201 East Spring St, New Albany, IN 47150
Questions? Contact Laura Wilkins at 812-944-7336 or email@example.com
Pictured above: Marty Ornish, detail of She gazed at the carousel through rose-colored glasses, 2020 Suellen Wilkinson Best in Show Award Presented by Carnegie Center for Art & History, Inc. winner.