Expanded Dimensions: The Quilt & Surface Design Symposium 2020

April 30 - July 11, 2020

The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery presents Expanded Dimensions: The Quilt & Surface Design Symposium 2020, April 30 – July 11, 2020. The Quilt & Surface Design Symposium strives to present one of the most comprehensive art quilt conferences in the world, offering a wide variety of fiber arts classes and highly qualified instructors. The exhibition was curated by Tracy Rieger.

Featured artists include Sue Benner, Susan Callahan, Sue Cavanaugh, Jiyoung Chung, Deborah Griffing, Diane Herbort, Amanda McCavour, Andrea Myers, Diane Nunez, Judy Rush, and Mary Ann Tipple.



Painting of a crowd of people


Curator’s Tour with Tracy Rieger | Saturday, May 2, 1 – 2 p.m.

Tracy Rieger, director of the Quilt and Surface Design Symposium, will lead guests through a tour of the exhibition and will share her curatorial process.



Abstract, colorful artwork

Opening Reception | Saturday, May 2, 2 - 4 p.m.

Experience the gorgeous fiber work featured in the gallery's newest exhibition while mingling with artists from around the state. Guests will enjoy live music by Derek DiCenzo.


Abstract fiber artwork hanging from ceiling




Friends and Family Workshop with Sue Cavanaugh | Saturday, June 20, 1 – 3 p.m.
Participants will create secret messages with Morse code dots and dashes from repurposed materials arranged into mobiles. Register at



Sculpture made of mixed media



Creative Writing Workshop with Susann Moeller | Thursday, June 25, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Participants will explore poetic expansion in this educational workshop inspired by the colors, textures, and shapes of the work in the exhibition. Register at




ARTIST TALKS | Registration is suggested.

Learn about the artists’ creative journeys, processes, and inspirations during their educational artist talks.

Judy Rush | Thursday, May 21, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Andrea Myers | Thursday, June 4, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Mary Ann Tipple | Thursday, June 11, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Deborah Griffing | Thursday, July 2, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Title image credit: Andrea Myers, "Under the Hill, Over the Moon"


LOBBY EXHIBITION: Art Possible Ohio 

June 1 - July 11, 2020


The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery showcases the work of Ohio's artists and the collections of the state's museums and galleries.

The OAC Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215.

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