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Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie is an annual, juried exhibition of contemporary art quilts art held at the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, Indiana.  Since it’s founding in 2004, the show has become one of the premiere exhibitions of contemporary art quilts in the nation. The Carnegie Center would like to thank the 284 quilts which were  entered into the 2017 Form, Not Function competitive juried exhibition. Congratulations to all whose work was selected for inclusion. Our gratitude also gots out to our three jurors for selecting this exhibition. Please join us on Friday, July 21 from 6:00-8:00PM as we honor the prize-winning artists and their quilts.


2017 Accepted Artists

Tracy Bader, Anchorage, AK

Emily Bogard, Bloomington, IN

Peggy Brown, Nashville, IN

Betty Busby, Albuquerque, NM

Erika Carter, Renton, WA

Sandra Palmer Ciolino, Cincinnati, OH

Deborah Fell, Urbana, IL

Michele Hardy, Silverthorne, CO

Ruby Horansky, Brooklyn, NY

Deborah Hyde, West Bloomfield, MI

Patricia Kennedy-Zafred, Murrysville, PA

Naida Koraly, Cape Carteret, NC

Liz Kuny, Morristown, NJ

Percy Lam, Honolulu, HI

Paulette Landers, Rainier, OR

Susan Lenz, Columbia, SC

Niraja Lorenz, Eugene, OR

Susie Monday, Pipe Creek, TX

Barbara Nepom, Lopez Island, WA

Marty Ornish, La Mesa, CA

Anne Parker, Portland, OR

Judith Plotner, Gloversville, NY

Jennifer Reis, Morehead, KY

Beth Schnellenberger, Jasper, IN

Joan Sowada, Gilette, WY

Laraine Wade, Olympia, WA


Meet the 2017 Jurors

Form, Not Function 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 2017 jury includes:

Françoise Barnes lives and creates in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She discovered a love for creating art quilts after moving to the United States from France and attending classes at Ohio University. She then spent 20 years exhibiting, teaching, jurying, and sharing her passion of art quilts throughout the United States and abroad. Barnes was also one of three artists that co-founded the prestigious “Quilt National” biennial exhibition at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio in 1979. Her work can be found in the collections of Aetna, Delaware Art Museum, and General Electric, among others.

Ramona Lindsey is a self-taught fiber artist and the Director of Education at the Kentucky Museum of Art + Craft in Louisville, Kentucky. Lindsey uses her background in education and art for social activism and community building through a number of projects in both Louisville and Chicago, such as the “Stop the Violence” traveling quilts exhibit created with her fourth grade students to raise awareness and promote peace in Chicago.

Shawn Quinlan lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has been an art quilter since 1995.  Over the years, Quinlan has been able to incorporate various aspects of many different art mediums with which he’s worked with to create his sometimes edgy, always humorous, quilts that often comment on contemporary politics and culture. He has shown his work throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia, including multiple times in “Form, Not Function” at the Carnegie Center and “Quilt National” at Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio. Quinlan was also a part of the touring exhibition “Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters” over 2015 and 2016.


Each year, as part of the Form, Not Function exhibition, the judges award a variety of prizes to the accepted artists and their quilts.  This year’s awards go to:

  • Suellen Wilkinson Best of Show sponsored by Carnegie Center Inc. — Niraja Lorenz, Strange Attractor # 20
  • Award of Excellence In Memory of Textile Artist Alma Lesch sponsored by the DELvelopment Foundation — Emily Bogard, Layla the Layered Layer
  • Award of Excellence presented by the Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists — Paulette Landers, The Ups And Downs Of Uncertainty
  • Award of Excellence presented by River City Fiber Artists — Sandra Palmer Ciolino, Precaria #8: Crucible
  • Award for Creative Use of Stitching presented by the Southern Indiana Quilt Guild — Michele Hardy, Geoforms Fractures #6
  • Award for Political and Social Commentary Presented by Kathleen Loomis — Jennifer Reis, Portrait of a Young Man: Trump in Drag
  • Inspired by Nature Award Presented by Juanita Yeager — Beth Schnellenberger, Scorched Earth
  • Honorable Mention — Erika Carter, Refresh IV
  • Honorable Mention — Liz Kuny, A440
  • Honorable Mention — Peggy Brown, Alike But Not the Same II
  • Honorable Mention — Anne Parker, Chichi
  • Visitors’ Choice Award — To be determined by you and all our visitors to “Form, Not Function!”


Image Credit: Niraja Lorenz, Strange Attractor # 20, 2016. Art Quilt.


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