The 17th Biennial The Artist as Quiltmaker Exhibition of Contemporary Quilts opens Sunday, May 15 in Oberlin.
The opening will run from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and will be on view through 5 p.m. on July 31 at the FAVA gallery at the New Union Center for the Arts, 39 South Main St. It is free and open to the public.
Presented by the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, AQM has brought the best current art quilts to Lorain County since 1982.
The 2016 juror is Mark Newport, artist-in-residence and head of fibers at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Selected from a pool of more than 300 entries from 35 states and three Canadian provinces, 32 exhibiting artists hail from 23 states. Twelve entered AQM for the first time and 14 are repeat exhibitors.
FAVA deliberately chooses not to define “quilt,” encouraging both established and emerging artists to submit artwork that pushes boundaries and challenges expectations.
Newport’s selection process was based on his belief that an artist should share distinctive experiences with the viewer by combining materials, format, and content in a visually compelling fashion.
This year’s AQM is dedicated to its founder, quilt historian Ricky Clark, who died Feb. 21, 2014. An early leader in the national quilt revival, Clark spent much of her professional life documenting Ohio’s traditional quilts. She also recognized the value of looking forward to see where quilt making could go.
Noting the success of Quilt National — the first and longest-running art-quilt exhibition, which takes place in Athens, Ohio — Clark wanted to guarantee an outstanding exhibition of art quilts takes place in Ohio every year. Quilt National shows are held in odd-numbered years and AQM in even-numbered years.
In Clark’s honor, FAVA’s board of directors has approved a Founder’s Award to be allocated to an artist whose work is firmly grounded in the history of quilt making but which also pushes the boundaries in fresh, compelling ways.
Jessica Blaustein is the 2016 Founder’s Award recipient, for “Remembering 1209,” which uses machine stitching to depict GPS tracings of the artist’s daily travels through her New York City neighborhood.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. on Sundays, and closed Mondays and July 4. There will be extended hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 20-22 for Oberlin College commencement weekend.
Concurrently on view is the FAVA Folding Festival, which runs from May 11 to July 27 with the same hours.
Kendal Creates, featuring quilters from Kendal at Oberlin, will be on display from May 17 to Aug. 15 at the Heiser Community Center. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily.
Courtesy photo A large-scale public art project with a quilt and fiber “bombing” is on view at the New Union Center for the Arts in conjunction with the Artist as Quiltmaker exhibition.