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Frequently Asked Questions About Quilt National

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What is Quilt National?

Quilt National is a biennial international juried exhibition of contemporary innovative quilts. The first Quilt National was shown in 1979. Quilt National ’17 is the twentieth in the series of these exhibitions and Quilt National ’19 will be the twenty-first in the series.

Why is Quilt National at the Dairy Barn?

Quilt National is the brainchild of three fiber artists Françoise Barnes, Nancy Crow, and Virginia Randles who were living in Athens in the late 1970s. These artists were making quilted objects that featured unfamiliar patterns. These contemporary quilts, needed an exhibition that would showcase the contemporary quilt.

Why are these objects called quilts?

The definition of quilt is contained in the rules and requirements, noted on the entry form. It has evolved over the years. The current definition is: The work must possess the basic structural characteristics of a quilt. It must be predominantly fabric or fabric-like material and must be composed of at least two full and distinct layers — a face layer and a backing layer — that are held together by hand- or machine-made functional quilting stitches or other elements that pierce all layers and are distributed throughout the surface of the work.

How are the works selected for the exhibitions?

The works are selected by a jury. The jury includes three individuals: two internationally recognized fiber artists and one person whose area of expertise is somewhat broader. They select the quilts from digital images (full view and detail being shown simultaneously). The jurors have no idea whose work is being viewed; they only know the dimensions and title of the work. Until the very end of the process, the scoring is done in silence. Because of the scoring system, it is impossible for one juror to either include or exclude a particular work.

What happens to the quilts when the exhibition closes at the Dairy Barn?

At the conclusion of the exhibition at the Barn, approximately 80 of the quilts begin a two-year tour to galleries and museums throughout the country. Nearly all the host venues will have less than 30 of the works on display. Those who see Quilt National at the Dairy Barn are the only ones who see the entire collection.

How can I get enter the next Quilt National [QN ’19]?

You may enter through the online entry process.  The deadline for QN ’19 will be in late August 2018. If you want to be sure that you are on the mailing list for QN ’19, please contact the Dairy Barn Arts Center at 740-592-4981 or email qn@dairybarn.org

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What were the eligibility requirements for QN ’17?

The work must possess the basic structural characteristics of a quilt. It must be predominantly fabric or fabric-like material and must be composed of at least two full and distinct layers (a face layer and a backing layer). The face layer may be described by any or a combination of the following terms: pieced, appliquéd, whole cloth, stitch/fused to a foundation. The face and backing layers must be held together by hand- or machine-made functional quilting stitches or other elements that pierce all layers and are distributed throughout the surface of the work. At least some of these stitches or elements should be visible on the back of the work. As an alternative, the work may be a modular construction (an assemblage of smaller quilts). Each individual module, however, must meet the above structural criteria.

All work must be the result of independent effort. Work must not be the product of an instructional setting in which another artist has provided guidance and/or suggestions.

The work must be an original design, not a copy nor a variation on the original design of another artist working in another medium.

All entries must be NEW work completed after September 1st, 2014. The recent modification of an older work DOES NOT make the work eligible unless the artist can document significant differences between the original and revised versions of the piece. The following works are NOT eligible:

      • Any work that was completed prior to September 2014
      • Any work that does not meet the structural requirements of a quilt as stated in the entry form.
      • Any work that exceeds 100 inches in either the horizontal or the vertical dimension.
      • Any work will have appeared in a fiber arts exhibition
      • Any work that will have appeared in a publication

Are group quilts eligible for Quilt National?

Works that have been created through the combined creative efforts of more than one person are eligible for Quilt National. Artists who are members of a creative team of three or more may also enter as many as three additional works that they themselves have created.

Will there be a QN ’18?

No. As a complete exhibit, Quilt National occurs only in odd numbered years.

What is the criterion for the Cathy Rasmussen Emerging Artist Memorial Award?

Granted to a first-time Quilt National exhibitor, this award has been funded by Studio Art Quilt Associates as a way of providing encouragement to an emerging quilt artist.

What is the criterion for the Persistence Pays Award?

Created to honor the memory of Quilt National’s longtime director, Hilary Fletcher, this award is granted to the first-time exhibitor who has entered Quilt National the most times before gaining acceptance.

What is the criteria for the Young Emerging Artist Award?

First presented in 2011, Katie (Pasquini) and Bobby Masopust established this award to be presented to a Quilt National artist under the age of 30 to encourage participation by a new generation of quilt artists.

Explain the new Social Media Rule Change

After many months of discussions and a review of our social media policy, The Dairy Barn Arts Center has lifted the ban on sharing Quilt National submission pieces on social media, blogs and similar platforms.  We encourage you to share your process and works on social media and you will not be eliminated from the jurying process.  Please note that these other rules, as listed below, will still be enforced.

QUILTS NOT ELIGIBLE

The following works are NOT ELIGIBLE:

  • any work that will have appeared in an International or American fiber arts exhibition;
  • any work that will have appeared in an American publication that has national or international distribution; this restriction includes SAQA publications;
  • The vertical or the horizontal dimension of any single piece or group of pieces must not exceed 100 inches (254 centimeters).

The work must possess the basic structural characteristics of a quilt. It must be predominantly fabric or fabric-like material and must be composed of at least two full and distinct layers (a face layer and a backing layer). The face layer may be described by any or a combination of the following terms: pieced, appliquéd, whole cloth, stitch/fused to a foundation. The face and backing layers must be held together by hand- or machine-made functional quilting stitches or other elements that pierce all layers and are distributed throughout the surface of the work. At least some of these stitches or elements should be visible on the back of the work. As an alternative, the work may be a modular construction (an assemblage of smaller quilts). Each individual module, however, must meet the above structural criteria.

All work must be the result of independent effort. Work must not be the product of an instructional setting in which another artist has provided guidance and/or suggestions.

The work must be an original design, not a copy nor a variation on the original design of another artist working in another medium.

All entries must be NEW work completed after September 1st, 2014. The recent modification of an older work DOES NOT make the work eligible unless the artist can document significant differences between the original and revised versions of the piece.

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