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Biennial Exhibitions

October 3, 2014—January 4, 2015Quilt Visions 2014: The Sky's the Limit

Quilt Visions Biennial 2014: The Sky's the Limit is the 13th international juried exhibition produced by the Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles (VAM).  The exhibition will be presented at Visions Art Museum in San Diego, California. The jurors will select work that exemplifies innovation in quilting and surface design techniques as well as excellence in composition and craftsmanship.  A full color exhibition catalog will be published. [more]

The Stars Motel by Lisa Kijak

October 20, 2012—February 17, 2013Quilt Visions Biennial 2012: Brainstorms

Artists from around the globe will be at Visions Art Museum on October 20th for the premier of Quilt Visions 2012: Brainstorms the latest edition of he international biennial competition that has drawn crowds since 1987.

Three esteemed jurors were challenged to select an exhibition that represents outstanding design and technique from 394 entries. They have selected 40 outstanding works of art from 17 states and five foreign countries created in the last two years. The knowledgeable jurors were Kate Lenkowsky, author of the award-winning book, Contemporary Quilt Art: An Introduction and Guide; Jane Przybysz, former executive director of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, currently executive director of the McKissick Museum of the University of South Carolina, Columbia; and Kent Williams an award winning contemporary quilter whose work has appeared in numerous juried exhibitions including previous Quilt Visions biennials. [more]

Ordered Cacophony V by Susan K. Willen

October 24, 2010—March 13, 2011Quilt Visions Biennial 2010: No Boundaries

The Quilt Visions museum exhibition features the best of contemporary quilting every two years and broke all attendance records during the last exhibition. Over 11,000 visitors viewed the 2008 exhibition. This year we were fortunate to again have three jurors who are at the top of their fields: Jason Busch, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh; Linda Colsh, award-winning professional quilt artist and Studio Art Quilt Associates board member; and Penny McMorris, art curator and co-author of The Art Quilt, the first book on quilt design development. She has also curated quilts for John Walsh III, and for the Ardis and Robert James collection now part of the International Quilt Study Group. These jurors have selected 39 spectacular art quilts from 601 entries for a truly stunning show. [more]

Stripes of Different Colors by Nancy Cordry, 49 x 46 inches

November 9, 2008—March 1, 2009Quilt Visions Biennial 2008: Contemporary Expressions

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

The vision of Quilt Visions 2008: Contemporary Expressions is that art quilting is and should be treated as a fine art, like painting or sculpture.

Artistic expression is universal, and the criteria for judging it should vary only as techniques of execution and inherent aesthetics of media necessarily vary with the materials of the art. [more]

In a Different Vein by Elia Woods, 36 x 28 inches

November 12, 2006—January 21, 2007Quilt Visions Biennial 2006

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

The vision of Quilt Visions 2006 is that art quilting is and should be treated as a fine art, just as painting and sculpture. Artistic expression is universal, and the criteria for judging it should vary only as techniques of execution and inherent aesthetics of medium necessarily vary with the materials of the art. Specific goals for our jurors, as scholarly art critics, are to select work for this show that reflects the universality of artistic expression and to report in their comments on how this show displays art quilting in the broader contemporary art context.

The Language Police by Jette Clover, 40 x 55 inches

November 7, 2004—January 16, 2005Quilt Visions Biennial 2004

JURYING PHILOSOPHY

We define a work of art as a work that is in some way extraordinary. It is expressive and invites us to see ourselves and the world anew, or inspires us in a new way.

We want the best in quiltmaking today. It is certainly not our intention to shock the public. While it is important to represent the range of today's quiltmaking, it is equally important that each quilt possess a vitality of its own and be able to stand alone as well as work with the other quilts to provide an exhibition that somehow "gels" together. [more]

Color Squares by Carol Schepps, 56 x 56 inches

November 2, 2002—January 5, 2003Quilt Visions Biennial 2002

JURYING PHILOSOPHY

We define a work of art as a work that is in some way extraordinary. It is expressive and invites us to see ourselves and the world anew, or inspires us in a new way.

We want the best in quiltmaking today. It is certainly not our intention to shock the public. While it is important to represent the range of today's quiltmaking, it is equally important that each quilt possess a vitality of its own and be able to stand alone as well as work with the other quilts to provide an exhibition that somehow "gels" together. [more]