Quilt National '13 is the 18th biennial juried exhibition of innovative art quilts and is produced by the Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center with sponsorship from the Ohio University Inn & Conference Center; Quilts Japan Magazine/Nihon Vogue Co., Ltd.; the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau; Friends of Fiber Art International; the James Foundation; Nelsonville Quilt Company; Honeyfork Fabrics; the Ohio Arts Council; Studio Art Quilt Associates, eQuilter.com; Fairfield Processing; and many generous individuals.
Jurors Linda Colsh (Everberg, Belgium), Judith Content (Palo Alto, CA) and Penny McMorris (Bowling Green, OH) selected artworks from over 850 submissions by artists from around the world. Quilt National '17 at the OAC Riffe Gallery showcases Collection C.
Featured artists include Brooke Atherton (Billings, MT), Susan Brooks (Louisville, CO), Peggy Brown (Nashville, IN), Rachel Brumer (Seattle, WA), Marianne Burr (Coupeville, WA), Christine Chester (Great Britain), Sue Cunningham (Australia), Sheila Frampton-Cooper (Van Nuys, CA), Kate Gorman (Westerville, OH), Sandy Gregg (Cambridge, MA), Leslie A. Hall (Longboat Key, FL), Judy Hooworth (Morisset, Australia), Lisa Kijak (Irvine, CA), Paula Kovarik (Memphis, TN), Denise Linet (Brunswick, ME), Susan Lenz (Columbia, SC), Linda Levin (Wayland, MA), Eleanor McCain (Shalimar, FL), Miriam Nathan-Roberts (Berkeley, CA), Katie Pasquini Masopust (Santa Fe, NM), Mary Rowan Quinn (Albuquerque, NM), Luanne Rimel (Saint Louis, MO), Pam RuBert (Springfield, MO), Dinah Sargeant (Newhall, CA), Anne Smith (Great Britain), Lura Schwarz Smith (Coarsegold, CA), Kate Themel (Cheshire, CT), Martha Warshaw (Cincinnati, OH), Carol Watkins (Lafayette, CO), Kathy Weaver (Highland Park, IL), Marianne Williamson (Miami, FL), Kevin Womack (Forest, VA), and Marian Zielinski (Macon, GA).
The quilts in the collection reflect the artists' interest in using their medium to give voice to a concern for either the world at large, the environment, and/or political issues addressed by the works or to express feelings relevant to the particular quilt maker's inner world. For many of today's quilt makers, the graphic and technical elements are the foundations which support the primary concern of the quilt's message.