Spring Thaw wins at Art Quilt Elements

Spring Thaw has been recognized with the “Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts Award” at Art Quilt Elements 2016!

Spring Thaw by textile artist Tracey Lawko

Spring Thaw 16″ x 12″

I am thrilled that Mi-Kyoung Lee, Associate Professor and Co-ordinator of the Fiber Program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, has selected Spring Thaw for the “Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts Award“.

This 12th exhibition of Art Quilt Elements includes 66 fabulous art quilts by artists from the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and Germany. When I first walked into this impressive show, I was struck by the large size and the strong visual impact of the works. I was initially concerned that my relatively small (16″ x 12”) finely stitched landscape would be lost. I think the award is confirmation that smaller works can hold their own and be recognized.

Juror Bruce Pepich, Executive Director and Curator of the Racine Art Museum, selected the artworks from over 500 entries. As an artist and as a certified quilt judge, I found his Juror’s Statement both interesting and insightful. Here is an excerpt of the statement from the show catalogue:

“The works I selected provide a wide-ranging exhibition filled with different approaches to the way artists can communicate using fabric, new technologies, and historic associations. One thing is certain — these quilts stand on their own as artistic statements. […] Since quilts are primarily two-dimensional artworks, I initially consider them with some of the same criteria I use for paintings as I believe they can certainly hold their own in these comparisons. I look for the message the artist is trying to communicate in the piece–is this message clearly stated in the work? Is the quilt thoughtfully composed? Based on the submitted images, I try to determine if the materials and techniques are well matched and decide if they are effectively used to advance the artist’s aesthetic statement. I seek to fill the galleries with pieces that carry on conversations between the artist and the visitor. At the same time, the pieces also create a dialogue with each other about quilt making traditions, our personal associations with quilts, and the physical nature of fiber. The tactile quality that stitched fiber brings to the gallery wall secures quilts a unique place in contemporary art.”

Thanks and congratulations are also due to Cindy Friedman, AQE Founder, Nancy Campbell, Wayne Art Center Executive Director, staff and volunteers for mounting a wonderful show.

See the art quilts, the list of award winners and order the catalogue on the Art Quilt Elements website here.

Spring Thaw by Tracey Lawko at Art Quilt Elements 2016

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