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2021 Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie

Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie is an annual juried exhibit of contemporary quilt art held at the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, Indiana. All works must be quilted (two or more distinct layers held together with stitches). The layers may include fiber and textile materials, but this is not required and other techniques and mediums are acceptable as long as the work is quilted, as defined above. The exhibit is open to artists, age 18 or older, living in the United States.

The 2021 exhibition will be on view May 14 – July 17, 2021. An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 14.
Accepted artists will be eligible for cash awards, including a $1,000 Best of Show award. See annual entry information here.

2021 Jurors

The exhibition is juried each year by a rotating panel of fiber artists & experts, who consider the originality, design, technique, and craftsmanship of the submitted works. The 2021 jury is below.

Denise Mucci Furnish uses discarded quilts and the remains of quilts and paints into them, interacting with their form, pattern, and surface. Her work has evolved from 1980 as a commentary on the quilt itself as a sign of women’s visibility in the arts, later as a sign of the invisibility and deterioration as well as strength and beauty of ageing. Her current work examines the relationship of the quilt to the bed, as a witness to birth, dreams, sex, illness, and death, both personal and political.

Furnish was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She has a BA from the University of Kentucky and a BFA and MA from the University of Louisville. She is one of the founding mothers of the Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Association. She has backgrounds in quilt restoration, painting, surface design, and graphic design. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has won awards in national exhibitions. She currently works from her Portland studio in Louisville.

Image: Denise Mucci Furnish, Double Pinwheels. Two discarded Pinwheel quilts, cut and re-assembled, canvas, acrylic. 96 x 96 inches. 

Valerie Goodwin is a mixed media fiber artist and architect whose works of fine art are included in museum and private collections. Most of her work is inspired by a love of aerial views of landscapes and cities. Many of her quilts are based on maps.

Goodwin’s art has moved through various stages from traditional quilting to an interest in abstract expressionism and, currently it is inspired by real and imaginary landscapes and cities. In some cases, her work shows an architectural sense of space with an archaeological perspective.  In others, the network of the city and its built form is more prominent.  These compositions work on several levels, from close up and far away as if one was looking at it from above.

She received degrees in architecture from Washington University and Yale University. Her award winning work has been widely published and exhibited. She also lectures and gives workshops nationally and internationally. For over 26 years, she taught architectural design at Florida A & M University.

Image: Valerie Goodwin, Map Abstractions.

Dan Olfe creates quilt designs using a variety of 2-D and 3-D software on his computer that get directly printed on fabric prior to quilting, sometimes hand painting on the surfaces for added visual layering. Because of his experience in developing and teaching a computer graphics course, it was natural for him to design on a computer.

Olfe has exhibited in a number of juried and invitational national exhibitions. He has received the Surface Design Award at the Quilt Visions 2008 exhibition, the New Directions Award at Interpretations 2017, the Jill Le Croissette Memorial Award at Quilt Visions 2018, and the Miriam Machell Award for Beauty at Interpretations 2019.

Olfe received a B.S.E. degree from Princeton and a Ph.D. from Caltech. He began making art quilts in 1997, after a career as an engineering professor (primarily at the University of California, San Diego).

Image: Dan Olfe, Color Square #5, 2019. Digitally-printed whole cloth polyester top, polyester batting, cotton canvas back. 59 x 58 inches.

2021 Artists

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Mary Alexander | Hubbard, OH
Growth #3; 2019
37″ x 32″ x 3”
*Honorable Mention*

Linda Anderson | La Mesa, CA
Remembering; 2020
51″ x 55″ x 0″
*Award of Excellence*
Presented by Schmitt Furniture

Margaret Black | Boswell, PA
Curb Appeal 20; 2010
Fiber/Textile/Mixed Media
94″ x 64″ x 1″

Emily Bellinger | Rochester, NY
Cry Baby; 2019
Fiber Art Installation
70″ x 38″ x 1″

Peggy Brown | Nashville, IN
Clouds; 2021
Fiber Art
43.5″ x 37″ x 0″

Betty Busby | Albuquerque, NM
Echo; 2020
Fiber-Mixed Media
64″ x 49″ x 1″

Shin-hee Chin | McPherson, KS
The Evening Hour of a Hermit; 2018
Perle Cotton, Synthetic Thread,
Wool, Cotton, Recycled Cloth
50″ x 72″ x .25″

Holly Cole | Triangle, VA
Come and Go; 2021
Quilted Fabric Collage of Cotton,
Silk, Linen, Fusible Web
43.5″ x 53.5″ x 0″

Sue Cortese | Holland, MI
Kumo II – Relationship; 2020
Fiber Art/Shibori/Quilt
52″ x 53″ x 0″
*Award of Excellence*
Presented by Louisville Area Fiber
and Textile Artists

Jayne Gaskins | Reston, VA
Sensory Perceptions; 2018
Mixed: Fiber and Found Objects
33″ x 11″ x 5″

Kerri Green | Dallas, TX
Graded Discourse; 2021
Cotton Fabric Hand-Dyed by
the Artist, Cotton Batting
58″ x 58.5″ x .375″
*Award of Excellence*
Presented by River City Fiber Artists

Deborah Hyde | West Bloomfield, MI
Monkeys In My Hair (Evie); 2021
48″ x 41″ x .25″
*Viewers’ Choice Award Winner*

Deborah Kuster | Hot Springs
Village, AR

Strengthened; 2020
Handwoven Textiles, Beads,
Terracotta Clay
23″ x 7″ x 7″

Pamela Mick | Greenfield, IN
Riders on the Storm; 2021
Textile Art, Drawn, Dye Painted, and Quilted
24″ x 22″ x .25″

Elizabeth Morisette | Fort Collins, CO
Beak Mask; 2021
Sewn Zippers
8″ x 6″ x 4″
*Honorable Mention*

Clara Nartey | West Haven, CT
The Gele Skyscraper; 2021
Digital/Thread Painting
40″ x 30″ x 0.5″
*Award for Creative Use
of Stitching*

Presented by The Southern Indiana
Quilt Guild

Bobbe Nolan | Eagle Lake, TX
Flyover 10– Dancing in the
Rainbow Mountains
; 2021
48″ x 36″ x 3″

Fabienne Peter-Contesse | Auke Bay, AK
Glacier Series III; 2021
Artist-Dyed Cotton Sateen,
Textile Pens, Rayon Thread
19.25″ x 23.25″ x .25″

Daren Redman | Nashville, IN
Feel Like Dancing; 2020
Textile Art
63″ x 90″ x 2″
*Honorable Mention*

Denise Roberts | Albright, WV
MITOTE #12; 2021
89.75″ x 38.75″ x 0″

Karen Schulz | Silver Spring, MD
Objects in this Mirror; 2018
67″ x 70″ x 0″
*Suellen Wilkinson
Best in Show Award Winner*

Presented by Carnegie Center
for Art & History, Inc.

Rebecca Siemering | Pawtucket, RI
America (Electric); 2018
Found Lottery Tickets, Dental Floss,
Cotton, Glass Beads
6’ x 28″ x 4″

Lee Sproull | Leeds, MA
Archilinea; 2021
51″ x 63″ x 0″

Questions?  Contact Laura Wilkins at 812-944-7336 or

Pictured above: Marty Ornish, detail of She gazed at the carousel through rose-colored glasses, 2020 Suellen Wilkinson Best in Show Award Presented by Carnegie Center for Art & History, Inc. winner.


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