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Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie 2023

May 11 – July 22, 2023

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 2023 exhibition will be on view May 11 – July 22, 2023. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2023. Accepted artists will be eligible for cash awards, including a $1,000 Best of Show award. Be sure to come visit during our new extended hours Monday – Thursday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. or Friday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

See the 2022 Exhibit


2023 Judges


Kathleen Loomis has been making quilts since high school, well before they became popular as an art form. About 30 years ago she switched her focus from functional quilts to those intended as art. Since her retirement from a career in newspaper journalism and corporate communications for an international consulting firm, she has worked fulltime on her art. She studied improvisational composition extensively with Nancy Crow and other teachers. Her work has been seen in major competitions and exhibits in the US, Europe, Asia and South America including four times in Quilt National, where she won the Quilts Japan Prize in 2009.

In recent years she has branched out from quilts to mixed media, including collage, 3-D assemblage and hand stitching. She is a member of the artist co-op PYRO Gallery in Louisville.


For 35 years, Kate Lydon was Director of Exhibitions at Contemporary Craft (CC) and oversaw the installation of exhibitions at CC’s main Strip District galleries and at the BNY Mellon satellite gallery in downtown Pittsburgh. She participated in all decisions regarding exhibition development, selection of work, touring of exhibitions and development of public programming. Lydon received dual degrees in Art History and French at Denison University in OH and a master’s degree from the Archival, Museum and Editing Program at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. With her years of experience in arts management she offers a strong working knowledge of the contemporary craft field, artist and process, and public education about craft. Prior to joining CC, Lydon served as registrar for The Frick Art & Historical Center in Pittsburgh and as exhibitions coordinator at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

She has been an adjudicator for Best of 2016, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH (2016); Tranquility and Turmoil Exhibitions, Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc., Hebron, CT (2016); Craft Art Festival, Florida CraftArt, St. Petersburg, FL (2014) and the Tennessee Arts Commission, Individual Artist Fellowship in Craft (2010).

Lydon served on the Board of Governors of Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN from 2006-16 and the Board of Directors of The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) as 2018 On-site Liaison-Pittsburgh, PA. She is currently a Presidential Appointee for Special Projects on the NCECA Board of Directors.






Clara Nartey is a self-taught mixed media artist, born in Ghana, now living and working in West Haven, Connecticut. Using influences from her African heritage, she tells stories of the Black experience in the United States, in Africa, and in the diaspora at large. Hair, being a major marker of Black identity, features prominently in her works. Bold and colorful African fabric prints, patterns, and symbols are other significant sources of influence.

Nartey has been featured in multiple publications including a 2020 Art Forum critic’s pick. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Joan Coderre Painting Award for Excellence in Color. In 2019, she collaborated with the residents of the city of Milford, CT to create a community art project. Her work has been in traveling exhibitions, group exhibitions and solo shows.

Nartey is an educator, because she believes teaching is her “generosity engine”. It allows her to exponentially share her skills with a lot of people. She’s the creator of training programs like Clarity to Create and Consistent Studio Time.

2023 Artists

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Linda Anderson | Eugene, OR
The March for Love; 2020
Fabric, stitched painting
38″ x 57.5″ x .25″


Deborah Boschert | Lewisville, TX
Boundless and Bare, 2020
40″ x 40″ x .5″

Pixeladies (Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki) | Cameron Park, CA
The Fragility of Home; 2021

103″ x 102.5″ x .5″

Shin-hee Chin | McPherson, KS
Trees in Late Autumn; 2020
Random weave and stitch on recycled wool blanket
59.5″ x 54″ x .3″

*Award for Creative Use of Stitching Presented by the Southern Indiana Quilt Guild*

Sandra Palmer Ciolino | Cincinnati, OH
Precaria #20: Intruder; 2022
61″ x 39″


Linda Colsh | Middletown, MD
Body of Work; 2022
Fiber, textile, surface design, mixed media, book art
6″ x 24″ x 12″


Linda Doucette | Millville, PA
Moon Shadows; 2023
Fiber art, yarn, thread, silk, paper pulp
48″ x 48″ x 2.5″

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry | Port Townsend, WA
Zigzags & Circles #9; 2022
64″ x 64″ x .15″


Jayne Gaskins | Reston, VA
Reflections of Home; 2022
Digital fiber
24″ x 24″ x 1″


Kerri Green | Dallas, TX
Saturn Speaking; 2021
Commercial and hand-dyed cotton
34″ x 34″ x .25″


Jean Howard | Auxvasse, MO
Botanicals 13: Pods; 2022
Textile art
78″ x 78.5″ x .25″


Patty Kennedy-Zafred | Murrysville, PA
American Portraits: Harvesting Hope; 2021
Fiber, art quilt
69″ x 55″

Niraja Lorenz | Eugene, OR
Spontaneous Order; 2022
58″ x 76″

*Honorable Mention*

Valerie Maser-Flanagan | Carlisle, MA
Up the Rabbit Hole #6; 2020
50.5″ x 49.5″ x .25″

*Honorable Mention*

Susie Monday | San Antonio, TX
Eating Tomatoes with Neruda; 2022
Textile collage
40″ x 35″


Lori Murphy | San Francisco, CA
Illuminated Street Papers; 2023
Found street paper, art history book pages, gold thread
19″ x 13″ x .25″

Kathy Nida | El Cajon, CA
The Way Out; 2022
51.25″ x 80.5″ x .5″

*Honorable Mention*

Pat Pauly | Rochester, NY
Oregon Rain; 2021
74″ x 102″

*Suellen Wilkinson Best in Show Award Presented by Carnegie Center for Art & History, Inc.*

Eden Quispe | Newton, KS
The Dream; 2021
Stitched, printed, and painted textiles
70″ x 74″

*Award of Excellence Presented by River City Fiber Artists*

Irene Roderick | Austin, TX
Conversation; 2022
88″ x 78″ x .5″


Karen Schulz | Silver Spring, MD
Pat, Jasper, and Me; 2022
43″ x 36.5″


Victoria Seals | Alpharetta, GA
The Water is COLD!!!; 2022
Recycled denim/jeans, tulle, cotton fabric, cotton batting
30″ x 35″ x .5″


Terri Shinn | Snohomish, WA
Smooth Arizona Cypress; 2022
17.75″ x 7.5″ x 7.5″


Candace Hackett Shively | Fayetteville, GA
Build Up; 2023
Fiber art/Art quilt
23″ x 28.5″ x 1″

Kelly Spell | Hixson, TN
Mandarin Swirl; 2022
Cotton fabric, polyester batting, polyester thread
28″ x 38″ x .25″

Shari Werner | New York, NY
Connected: Vessels; 2019
47″ x 77″ x .25″


Kevin Womack | Lynchburg, VA
Equilibrium; 2020
Quilt (Diptych)
61″ x 79″ x .25″

*Award of Excellence Presented by Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists*


Chandra Wu | Seattle, WA
Pink Moon Volcano, 2021
Silk and cotton: embroidered and kantha stitched
17″ x 31″ x .25″


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

Pictured above: Kelly Spell, Mandarin Swirl (detail), 2022. Cotton fabric, polyester batting, polyester thread. 28″ x 38″ x .25″.


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