Form Not Function

“Seared Mother” by Eden Quispe is part of the Carnegie Center for Art and History’s “Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie” exhibit that opens May 24. 

The Carnegie Center for Art and History’s annual “Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie” exhibit opens Friday, May 24, with a members-only gallery talk at 5:30 p.m., followed by a public opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit continues through July 20.

Since its founding in 2004, the show has become one of the premiere exhibitions of contemporary art quilts in the nation. The exhibition is juried each year by a rotating panel of fiber artists and experts, who consider the originality, design, technique, and craftsmanship of the submitted works. This year, 18 art quilts were selected from hundreds of submissions by artists from across the United States.

The exhibiting artists for 2019 are:

• Andrea Alonge, Seattle

• Emily Bellinger, Rochester, N.Y.

• Jeanne Bieri, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

• Margaret Black, Boswell, Pa.

• Jen Broemel, Indianapolis

• Jinn Bug and Ron Whitehead, Clarksville

• Maggy Rozycki Hiltner, Red Lodge, Mont.

• Deborah Hyde, West Bloomfield, Mich.

• Dong Kyu Kim, Fort Lee, N.J.

• Judy Kirpich, Takoma Park, Md.

• Paulette Landers, Rainier, Ore.

• Susan Michael, Tulsa, Okla.

• Kathy Nida, El Cajon, Calif.

• Eden Quispe, Newton, Kansas

• Frauke Palmer, Columbus, Ohio

• Judith Plotner, Gloversville, N.Y.

• Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, Lexington, Ky.

• Vickie Wheatley, Louisville

The jurors for 2019 are Terry Jarrard-Dimond, Carolyn Mazloomi and Colleen Merrill.


Terry Jarrard-Dimond is an artist who lives and works in Seneca, S.C. She earned a BA from Winthrop University in Rock Hill and an MFA from Clemson University. After completion of her MFA she continued her studio work while teaching at a number of colleges and universities including Clemson University and The South Carolina Governor’s School for Art. Her work is represented in collections including Coca-Cola International, Atlanta, Georgia, The Federal Reserve Bank, Charlotte, North Carolina, and The State Museum of South Carolina, among others. Jarrard-Dimond’s work has been included in numerous major competitive exhibitions including Color Improvisations, which toured across Europe for two years.

Carolyn Mazloomi is an artist, author, curator, and historian. She was a founder of the African-American Quilt Guild of Los Angles in 1981 and the Women of Color Quilters Network (WCQN) in 1985. These groups educate the public about the diversity of interpretation, styles, and techniques among African American quilters and teach younger generations of African Americans about their own history through the quilts. Mazloomi creates quilts based on themes of family life, women’s rights, political freedom, and musical legacy. Her work has been exhibited at the Mint Museum, American Folk Art Museum in New York City, National Civil Rights Museum, Museum of Art and Design, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

Mazloomi has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including an Ohio Heritage Fellowship Award and a Distinguished Scholar & Celebrated Artist Lifetime Achievement Award by Faith Ringgold’s Anyone Can Fly Foundation. She was named a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts, and, in 2016, she was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame Museum.

Colleen Merrill examines notions of motherhood, relationships, and sexuality through the reconfiguration of domestic textiles. Merrill obtained her MFA from the University of Kentucky and BFA from the University of Cincinnati. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at Institute 193 in Lexington, Zephyr Gallery in Louisville, Arc Gallery in San Francisco, The Pittsburg Center for the Arts and at the International Textile Biennial in Haact, Belgium.

Merrill was recently awarded an Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Federation for Women. She has received fellowships for attending artist residencies such as the Byrdcliffe Artist Residency in New York and the Pentaculum Textiles Residency at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Tennessee. Her work has been published most recently in the Australian book, The Craft Companion by Ramona Barry and in Textiel Plus Magazine printed in The Netherlands. She currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where she teaches art and fiber at Bluegrass Community and Technical College and at the University of Kentucky.

— Submitted

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