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2017 Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie
201 E Spring St
New Albany, IN 47150

Event Dates: 7/21/17 - 9/16/17
Entry Deadline: 4/21/17
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6

Entry Fee (Carnegie Center for Art & History): $35.00

2017 Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie


  • April 21, 2017, 11:59:59 PM Mountain Time Zone: Entry deadline
  • April 28 – May 26, 2017:  Jurying process
  • May 31, 2017: Notification of acceptance
  • June 17 – July 1, 2017: Accepted works received at Carnegie Center
  • July 21, 2017: Opening reception
  • July 21 – September 16, 2017: Exhibition dates
  • September 18, 2017: Works available for pickup
  • September 25, 2017: Works shipped on or about

Cash Awards:

  • $1,000 Suellen Wilkinson Best of Show sponsored by Carnegie Center Inc.
  • $500 Award in memory of textile artist Alma Lesch sponsored by the DELvelopment Foundation
  • $500 Award of Excellence presented by the Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists
  • $300 Award of Excellence presented by River City Fiber Artists
  • $100 Award for Creative Use of Stitching presented by the Southern Indiana Quilt Guild
  • $100 Award for Political and Social Commentary
  • $100 Inspired by Nature Award
  •  $50 Visitors’ Choice Award
  •  Plus additional cash Awards of Merit

Jurors: The exhibit 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.

Eligibility: Form, Not Function 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. We reserve the right to reject entries that do not meet this criterion. The exhibit is open to artists, age 18 or older, living in the United States. Collaborative works made by multiple artists are eligible. Works must be ready to hang on the wall, including the hanging rod. Works must be original and completed since January 1, 2014. There is no minimum or maximum size. (Gallery walls are 12 feet high. Works cannot be suspended from the ceiling.) Three-dimensional works (including those mounted on stretchers) are eligible, but must be ready to exhibit on the floor, on a pedestal or include hardware for wall display.

Entry Fee: $35.00 for up to three (3) works (represented by up to 6 images).

Entry Information: Entries will only be accepted online through 

No more than one work by an artist will be selected. For each work entered, submit only two digital images of the completed work, one full view (showing all edges of the work) and one detail view (showing the stitching and details characteristic of your work). Entries that include more than two images for a single work will not be accepted. Images must be of the actual, completed artwork, rather than digital or other images used in the work. Please label detail images as such. Include title, media, dimensions and price with each image. You must also submit the completed application, correct entry fee, an artist statement and biography (each 3,000 characters maximum). Complete entry materials must be submitted online by April 21, 2017 at 11:59:59 PM Mountain Time Zone. Artists will be notified of acceptance on June 5, 2017.

Digital Images: See media preparation information at:

Image quality and color correction is extremely important and we advise that artists seek the services of a professional photographer.  Backgrounds should be black, white, gray or earth tones with no text.  We reserve the right to reject entries that are not accurately represented by the images. Accepted artists will be asked to provide high-resolution images for printing. We reserve the right to use images of the work for publicity and educational purposes.

Insurance: The Carnegie Center for Art & History will insure all works from the time they arrive on site until they leave our premises. Artists should insure their works while in transit both directions.  In the event of loss or damage, it will be the artist’s responsibility to provide documentation concerning the value of the work and the extent of the claim.

Display: All work must be received ready for hanging, including the hanging rod.  Three-dimensional works (including works mounted on stretchers) must be ready to exhibit on the floor, on a pedestal or include mounting hardware for wall display.

Sales:  We encourage artists to offer their works for sale. The Carnegie Center, Inc. will retain a 40% commission on any work sold during the exhibition at the Carnegie Center for Art & History or any sale that results from mediation by Carnegie Center staff or volunteers.

Shipping & Receiving: Artists are responsible for all shipping costs. The work must be shipped via Fed EX or UPS and a PRE-PAID return-shipping label must be enclosed with the work. Works not including a pre-paid return-shipping label may be excluded from the exhibition. Works should be shipped in a substantial, reusable container.  The Carnegie Center will not be responsible for any damage due to incorrect packing or an insufficient container.  Any specific packing instructions or requests should be included in writing in the shipping container.  All works will be handled with care and returned in the original packing materials.  Accepted works should arrive at the Carnegie Center from June 19 - July 1, 2017 between the hours of 10:00 – 5:00.  Works will be available for pick up on September 18, 2017 between 10:00 – 5:00 and works will be shipped on or about September 25, 2017. Please call ahead to 812-944-7336 if you plan to deliver or pick up your work in person.            

Terms and conditions: By submitting work to this competition, the artist agrees to all terms and conditions listed in this prospectus. 

Mailing address: Carnegie Center for Art & History, 201 East Spring St, New Albany, IN  47150

Questions?  Contact Daniel Pfalzgraf, Curator, 812-944-7336 or