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MIX & MINGLE: Last day of the exhibition

Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM

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 artists who submitted hundreds of quilts for consideration into the 2018 Form, Not Function competitive juried exhibition. Congratulations to all whose work was selected for inclusion. Our gratitude also goes out to the three guest jurors for selecting this exhibition. Please join us on Saturday, July 21st from 1:00 – 3:00 PM for the Mix & Mingle and cast your ballot for the Viewer’s Choice Award.

2018 Exhibiting Artists:

Coco Hall, Joshua Tree, CA

Judith PlotnerGloversville, NY

Helen Geglio, South Bend, IN

Lisa DodsonMartinsville, IN

Arturo SandovalLexington, KY

Vickie WheatleyLouisville, KY

Patricia MinkJohnson City, TN

Valerie Maser-FlanaganCarlisle, MA

Susan Fletcher ConawayZionsville, IN

Viviana LombrozoSan Diego, CA

Jill KerttulaCharlottesville, VA

Betty BusbyAlbuquerque, NM

Deborah KusterConway, AR

Jess JonesAvondale Estates, GA

Carolyn SkeiMcKinney, TX

Niraja LorenzEugene, OR

Susan LeonardWynnewood, PA

Dong Kyu KimFort Lee, NJ

Susan LenzColumbia, SC

Connie GrinerBurlington, NC

Pat Budge, Garden Valley, ID

Denise Roberts, Albright, WV


Meet the 2018 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 2018 jury includes:


Rachael L. Baar is the new staff curator at The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.  She is one of the leaders for a team that is responsible for the art content of the museum.  In addition, she directs the installation for all incoming exhibits, manages the current exhibits, and maintains and preserves the permanent collection of over 600 quilts. Previously, Rachael was the director of the Preston Arts Center in Henderson, Kentucky and after 21 years, retired last spring to relocate to Paducah.


Paula Kovarik received her Bachelor of Arts in graphic design from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. After a successful career as owner and creative director of a graphic design firm, Paula has returned to her art. Her work has been recognized by professional associations such as Quilt National, Studio Art Quilt Associates, the Schweinfurth Art Center. Paula lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee. Her work has been published in a number of magazines including American Craft, Art Quilting Studio and Fiber Art Now.


Aaron McIntosh grew up in Kingsport, TN, a factory town in the Appalachian foothills of East Tennessee. A fourth-generation quilter, his family’s working class environment and domestic life figure large in his visual vocabulary. In his work McIntosh explores the intersections of material culture, family tradition, identity-shaping, sexuality and desire in a range of works including quilts, collage, drawing, sculpture and furniture. His areas of research include identity politics, Appalachian history, queer theory, material culture studies, and critical craft theory.

McIntosh’s education includes a BFA from the Appalachian Center for Craft and a MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. His exhibition record includes numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Quilt National ’09, Queer Threads: Crafting Identity & Community at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art in New York, Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, and most recently Queering the Bibliobject at the Center for Book Arts in New York. His personal essays and critical reviews have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic and the Journal of Modern Craft. McIntosh holds numerous awards, including two Windgate Fellowships (2006 & 2015), a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant (2013), and a Richmond-based CultureWorks community engagement grant (2017).

McIntosh currently lives in Richmond, VA, where he teaches Fiber/Textiles in the Craft/Material Studies Department at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Each year, as part of the Form, Not Function exhibition, the judges award a variety of prizes to the accepted artists and their quilts.

  • Suellen Wilkinson Best in Show Award Presented by Carnegie Center for Art & History, Inc.: Patricia Mink, Johnson City, TN, Crazy
  • Award of Excellence Presented by Schmitt Furniture: Valerie Maser-Flanagan, Carlisle, MA, The Energy Between the Spaces
  • Award of Excellence Presented by Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists: Jill Kerttula, Charlottesville, VA, Sidewalk 2
  • Award of Excellence Presented by River City Fiber Artists & Award for Political & Social Commentary Presented by Kathleen Loomis: Judith Plotner, Gloversville, NY, America Interrupted
  • Inspired by Nature Award Presented by Juanita Yeager: Carolyn Skei, McKinney, TX, Texas Boy with Fish
  • Honorable Mention &  Award for Creative Use of Stitching Presented by the Southern Indiana Quilt Guild: Susan Fletcher Conaway, Zionsville, IN, Dearest Spring
  • Honorable Mention: Denise Roberts, Albright, WV, Finding Connections #1
  • Viewer’s Choice Award: Arturo Sandoval, Covert Affairs: Bright Future








Lisa Dodson, Dusky Forest Serendipity, Cotton, silk, gauze and linen fabric, beads and embroidery thread. Hand & Machine Quilting.



Coco Hall, The Never Realized Question, Polyester fleece, polyfill. Hand & Machine Quilting.



Helen Geglio, Territorial Road: Crosses and Losses, Linen, cotton, hand embroidered and stitched. Machine Quilting.












Judith Plotner, America Interrupted, Mixed media fiber. Machine Quilting.











Arturo Sandoval, Covert Affairs: Bright Future, Mixed media art quilt. Machine Quilting.









Patricia Mink, Crazy,  Fiber. Hand & Machine Quilting.










Vickie Wheatley, Anxieties #1: Imperfections, Fiber art quilt. Machine Quilting.












Valerie Maser-Flanagan, The Energy Between the Spaces, Fiber. Machine Quilting.












Susan Fletcher Conaway, Dearest Spring, Fabric and thread. Hand & Machine Quilting.



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