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2020 Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie 

The Carnegie Center for Art and History presents the 17th annual Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie, featuring art quilts selected by guest jurors Amethyst Rey Beaver, Luanne Rimel, and Ben Venom. The exhibition opens Saturday, August 15, 2020 and continues through October 31, 2020.

Since its founding in 2004, this exhibition has become one of the premiere exhibitions of contemporary art quilts in the nation. Form, Not Function is juried each year by a rotating panel of fiber artists & art professionals, who consider the originality, design, technique, and craftsmanship of the submitted works. This year, 19 art quilts were selected from 265 quilts submitted by over 110 artists from across the United States.

To ensure the safety of patrons and staff, there will not be an opening reception for Form, Not Function. However, the Carnegie Center is open to the public with limited access to gallery spaces to provide safe social distancing in accordance with CDC recommendations and Floyd County Library policies. In anticipation of your visit, please be aware that masks will be required, and social distancing enforced.



Each year jurors award over $2000 in awards to artists in Form, Not Function. This year’s awards are:

  • Suellen Wilkinson Best in Show Award Presented by Carnegie Center for Art & History, Inc.:  Marty Ornish, She gazed at the carousel through rose-colored glasses
  • Award of Excellence Presented by Schmitt Furniture: Susan Lapham, Playland #3
  • Award of Excellence Presented by Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists: Toni Kersey, Joy and Pain
  • Award of Excellence Presented by River City Fiber Artists: Linda Anderson, Velvet Flowers
  • Inspired by Nature Award Presented by Juanita Yeager: Shannon Conley, 33°20’N, 105°33’W
  • Award for Creative Use of Stitching Presented by the Southern Indiana Quilt Guild: Helen Geglio, Wisdom Cloak: Invisible Visionary

Honorable Mention Awards:

  • Kathy Nida, I Can’t Be Your Superwoman
  • Tracy Taylor, The Distance Between Us
  • Margaret Black, Curb Appeal 7
  • Susan Michael, All That You Dream
  • Visitor’s Choice Award: To Be Determined by you!




2020 Exhibiting Artists:


Margaret Abramshe, St. George, UT

Nan, 2017

Fiber | Machine Quilting

33″ x 29″


Linda Anderson, La Mesa, CA

Velvet Flowers, 2017

Fiber | Machine Quilting

30.5″ x 50.5″


Sue Benner, Dallas, TX

Remains 1: Hers, 2018

Recycled found silk clothing on canvas, stitched | Machine Quilting

69″ x 50″


Margaret Black, Boswell, PA

Curb Appeal 7, 2017

Fiber | Machine Quilting

83.5″ x 63.5″


Ann Cofta, Woodside, NY

Building with Yellow Water Tower, 2019

Fabric, paint with hand quilting | Hand Quilting

30.5″ x 27″


Shannon Conley, Moore, OK

33°20’N, 105°33’W, 2018

Fiber | Machine Quilting

64″ x 34″ x 6″


Shelley Doyal, Geneva, FL

Chain Reaction 1, 2020

Fiber | Machine Quilting

54″ x 37″


Helen Geglio, South Bend, IN

Wisdom Cloak: Invisible Visionary, 2020

Wool, cotton, small objects, hand embroidered and stitched | Hand Quilting

52″ x 58″


Katherine Gibson, Cincinnati, OH

Unwearable Cloak, 2019

Acrylic, Canvas, Felt, Thread, Silver, 6 Sassy Magazines | Hand Quilting

60″ x 84″ x .5″


Betty Hahn, Sun City, AZ

Ragtime Rhapsody, 2017

Fiber | Machine Quilting

48″ x 36″


Rosemary Hoffenberg, Wrentham, MA

Monuments, 2019

Fiber | Machine Quilting

45″ x 50″


Toni Kersey, Springfield, PA

Joy and Pain, 2019

Dye paint textiles | Machine Quilting

51″ x 41″


MJ Kinman, Louisville, KY

Between River and Sky (Bourbon Diamond Series), 2018

Hand-painted cotton sateen, 40-weight rayon thread | Machine Quilting

69″ x 71″


Susan Lapham, Vienna, VA

Playland #3, 2020

Fiber | Machine Quilting

82″ x 85″


Aryana Londir, Phoenix, AZ

What Day is Today?, 2020

Fiber | Machine Quilting

41″ x 24″


Susan Michael, Tulsa, OK

All That You Dream, 2017

Fiber | Machine Quilting

75″ x 64″


Kathy Nida, El Cahon, CA

I Can’t Be Your Superwoman, 2017

Fiber | Machine Quilting

88″ x 52″


Marty Ornish, La Mesa, CA

She gazed at the carousel through rose-colored glasses, 2020

Wearable art | Hand Quilting

79″ x 62″ x 52″


Tracy Taylor, Chicago, IL

The Distance Between Us, 2019

Fabric, thread and beads | Machine Quilting

64″ x 64″


Meet the jurors:

Amethyst Rey Beaver is the Assistant Curator at 21c Museum Hotels where she works closely with Museum Director, Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites on the curatorial programing at all eight, soon to be nine, 21c locations. From 2012-2016 she worked at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin on the Latin American and Modern & Contemporary curatorial teams on exhibitions, publications, and public programming. In 2010, Amethyst lived, worked, and studied in Valparaiso, Chile as a Fulbright Fellow. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her M.A. in Modern & Contemporary Latin American art history from the University of Texas at Austin.


Luanne Rimel creates photographic textile work that has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has traveled with several Quilt National exhibitions. She has exhibited in several Smithsonian Craft Shows in Washington, DC, and her work is included in the book, Art Quilts of the Midwest, published by the University of Iowa Press. She has an MFA in Fibers from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and was the Director of Education and head of Fibers at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, in St. Louis, MO, for 16 years. Her work is represented by Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis and she is currently a full time studio artist and gardener.


Ben Venom graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007 with a Master of Fine Arts degree. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally including the Levi Strauss Museum (Germany), National Folk Museum of Korea, HPGRP Gallery (Tokyo), Fort Wayne Museum, Charlotte Fogh Gallery (Denmark), Taubman Museum of Art, Gregg Museum of Art and Design, and the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. He has been interviewed by NPR: All Things Considered, Playboy, Juxtapoz Magazine, KQED, Maxim, and CBS Sunday Morning. Venom has lectured at the California College of Arts, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Midlands Art Centre, Humboldt State University, Oregon College of Art and Craft, and Adidas. Recently, he was the artist in residence at MASS MoCA and the de Young Museum. Ben Venom is currently Visiting Faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute.






Featured image: Detail of The Distance Between Us, 2019 by Tracy Taylor. Fabric, thread and beads | Machine Quilting | 64″ x 64″


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