Opening Reception: Saturday, July 9, 5 – 7 p.m.
Awards Presentation at 6 p.m.
This juried exhibition features the current work of the finest national and international contemporary quilt artists. Art quilts accepted for exhibition will exemplify innovation in quilting and surface design techniques as well as excellence in artistic composition and craftsmanship. The goal of the exhibition is to recognize the world’s finest contemporary quilt artists and to advance the art form.
Exhibition Jurors: Denise Labadie, Vicki Carlson, and Ellen Martin
Awards Judge: Denise Labadie
$1,000 Grand Prize Award Komorebiby Shinhee Chin
$500 Prize for Creative Artistry – exceptional artistic expression and craftsmanship American Warrior 2 by Jane Dodge
$500 Prize for Creative Innovation – exceptional integration of new materials, techniques and design If a Block Should Tumble by Bob Mosier
Honorable Mentions Night Owl by Diane DiMaria
The Crossing Times 17 by Chiaki Dosho
Beyond the Abbey Window by Wen Redmond
Forest Floor: Nurse Log by Barbara Schneider
St. George, UT
Santa Fe, NM
Jamaica Plain, MA
South Bend, IN
El Cajon, CA
Port Hueneme, CA
Mountain Brook, AL
Denise Labadie, of Lafayette, CO, creates contemporary art quilt portraits of Celtic megalithic (Bronze Age) stones and monoliths, and more recent (but still centuries old) monastic ruins. Her quilts are known for their strong thematic focus; their assertive textures, perspective, and shadowing; their use of color subtlety and contrast; and their craftsmanship and precision.
Denise has been a featured (solo) exhibiting artist at national exhibitions in both the U.S.—including solo shows at The National Quilt Museum, Paducah, KY (2021), San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, CA (2019), and, upcoming, Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, La Conner, WA (2024)—and internationally in China, South Korea, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Germany, The Netherlands, and Spain. She is a multiple Quilt National (Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH) award winner (both People’s Choice and the McCarthy Memorial Award for Craftsmanship).
Welcome to The Lincoln Center’s 38th exhibit of New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts. We are continually amazed by the imaginative and innovative approaches that artists bring to the field of fiber arts, and specifically to contemporary art quilting. As always, we are impressed with the evolution of surface design techniques, diversity of compositional arrangements, and the expressions of artist’s personal stories that are submitted. With a nod to the legacy that the tradition of quilting offers to today’s artists, New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts looks forward to the innovations and advancements in the field of art quilting.
The exhibition opened in 1981 as the Fabric of Legacies, only three years after the original opening of the Lincoln Center. In early years, the exhibition consisted mainly of traditional family heirlooms and historic quilts. Over the years the exhibition has taken a more contemporary direction, seeking artists from across the county and internationally, who are working to innovate and advance the field of art quilting with new techniques, technology, and materials.
Employing various techniques, the quilts on display offer a range of expression from representational images to abstract designs and three-dimensional objects. Quilts feature original surface design through hand-dyeing, painting, or printing on the fabric as the basis for the overall quilt design, embellishing with hand or machine stitching, and sometimes beads and found objects worked into the quilt. All the quilts have in common the basic structure of three layers of fabrics held together by stitching.
The award-winning quilts were selected for their outstanding craftsmanship, innovation, and creativity. Taking in the “whole picture,” the Awards Judge, Denise Labadie, selected works that excel in their originality and set a standard for the advancement of the art of quilting. The Lincoln Center is proud to present an exhibition that stands out nationally, features the work of exceptional artists, and encourages the advancement of the art form.