Quilt National 11!

The Dairy Barn Arts Center announces the opening of Quilt National ’11, the 17th biennial juried exhibition of innovative art quilts produced in Athens Ohio. The exhibition will open to the public May 28th through September 5, 2011, visitors will see an eclectic collection of never before exhibited works from talented fiber artists representing 20 states and 6 foreign countries.

    Jurors Eleanor McCain (Shalimar, FL), Pauline Verbeek-Cowart (Bonner Springs, KS) and Nelda Warkentin (Anchorage, AK) studied images of over 1,000 of works by artists from around the world. Commenting on the selections for Quilt National ’11, juror Nelda Warkentin noted, “The high level of imagination, skill and creativity of the artists was exhilarating.  ” The 2011 edition of Quilt National presents an array of works that vary in size from 18” x 18” to 104” x 105”. As always, the presentation of Quilt National ’11 will be a visual and emotional feast for the visitor.

    More than 7,000 visitors are expected from all over the world to see Quilt National ‘11. Although parts of the collection will travel to museums and galleries throughout the country until late 2013, the Dairy Barn Arts Center, located in Athens at 8000 Dairy Lane, is the only exhibition venue where visitors can view the complete exhibition. The exhibit hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12p.m. to 5 p.m.  There are also extended hours on Thursdays until 8 p.m.     

   Visitors will also be able to take home unique mementos of Quilt National. The Dairy Barn Gallery Shop will feature items hand-crafted by the Quilt National exhibitors and by other regional artists.

    Those unable to visit Athens can see the quilts in the beautiful full-color, hard-bound book, published by Lark Books. The catalog of the exhibition will feature images of all the quilts as well as statements by the jurors and exhibitors. It may be ordered from the Dairy Barn Gallery Shop. (See contact information below.) 

   Quilt National ’11 is produced by the Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center with sponsorship from the Ohio University Inn & Conference Center; Quilts Japan Magazine/Nihon Vogue Co., Ltd.; the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau; Fairfield Processing; Friends of Fiber Art International; the James Foundation; Nelsonville Quilt Company; Honeyfork Fabrics; the Ohio Arts Council; Ohio Quilts!!; Studio Art Quilt Associates and many generous individuals.

   Visitors to the Dairy Barn’s web site (www.dairybarn.org) can link to Quilt National for a full list of participating artists and works in the exhibition. Digital imagery for publication, maps, a complete itinerary of the touring collections, and a listing of the artists are available on the web site or by contacting the Dairy Barn by postal mail at P.O. Box 747, Athens, Ohio, 45701; by phone at 740/592-4981; or by e-mail to qn@dairybarn.org.

The Mission of the Dairy Barn Arts Center is to offers exhibitions, events, and educational programs that nurture and promote area artists and artisans; develop art appreciation among all ages; provide the community access to fine arts and crafts from outside the region; and draw attention and visitors to Southeast Ohio.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Dairy Barn Arts Center ? 8000 Dairy Lane ? Athens, OH 45701 ? (740-592-4981 ? qn@dairybarn.org

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