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 Best of Show Award $500 Prize for Creative Artistry – exceptional artistic expression and craftsmanship $500 Prize for Creative Innovation – exceptional integration of new materials, techniques and design
To be celebrating the 38th year of this annual exhibit is quite remarkable. The first quilt exhibit focusing on traditional quilts at the Lincoln Center opened in 1981, only three years after the original opening of the Center (we took two years off: one for building renovations in 2010 and one at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020). Exhibit advisors, Vicki Carlson and Louisa Smith, both nationally recognized artists in their own careers, were instrumental in guiding the exhibit toward contemporary art quilts, embracing the changes they were seeing in the field. Artists were responding to new fibers, surface design techniques and new capabilities of sewing machines and other tools.
The exhibit took on its new name in 2011 to link the legacy of traditional quilting to the new approaches that art quilters were taking. New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts now serves as a catalyst and showcase for the art form, seeking artists who are working to innovate and advance the field of art quilting with new techniques, technology, and materials. Advancements in surface design techniques, textile innovations and machine quilting technology have changed the face of quilting. Most of the 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. Surface design now easily incorporates a variety of digital media and printing, and artists are adept at taking on the third dimension in their interpretation of the art form. All of the quilts have in common the basic structure of three layers of fabrics held together by stitching—the only requirement for pieces entered into the show.
Artist are expanding the vision of contemporary art quilts. Artists engage in formal explorations of color, shape, rhythm, and line alongside examinations of social and political issues. Art quilters have embraced the medium and its endless possibilities to express their ideas about beauty, humanity and the world around them in ever changing and inspiring ways. The Lincoln Center is proud to present this nationally recognized exhibition that features contemporary art quilts, and encourages the advancement of the art form.
Image: 36th Annual New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts Exhibit