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39th Annual New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts
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Entry Deadline: 4/10/23
Application Closed

Entry Fee (39th New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts): $35.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 6
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 6
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: International
State: Colorado

This juried exhibition features the current work of the finest national and international contemporary quilt artists, June 10 – August 5, 2023. Art quilts accepted for exhibition will exemplify innovation in quilting and surface design techniques as well as excellence in artistic composition and craftsmanship. The goal of the exhibition is to recognize the world’s finest contemporary quilt artists and to advance the art form. The Opening Reception is scheduled for Saturday, June 10, 4 – 6 PM with the Awards Presentation the same evening at 5PM.

Exhibition Jurors: Vicki Carlson, Phil D. Jones, and Niraja Lorenz
Awards Judge: Phil D. Jones

Vicki Carlson is a studio art quilter and fabric designer residing in Fort Collins, Colorado. Working with her hand dyed and hand painted fabrics along with other surface design techniques, she creates predominantly abstract quilts. Influenced by her traditional roots, her emphasis is on finding rhythm and unity through color and line.  Her work has been juried into numerous regional and national exhibits and can be found in quilting publications as well as public and private collections.

Employing various surface design techniques Phil D. Jones’ work is implemented using a combination of hand and machine methods. Working in series, Jones explores ideas and themes in his medium. As a crossover artist, he experiments with fine art aesthetics and techniques through quilting. Phil's work has been featured in solo and group exhibits, including 6 international shows in other countries. Phil’s work has also exhibited at the U.S. Embassy, Bridgetown, Barbados and the U.S. Ambassadorial Mission, Pristina, Kosovo, on loan to the U.S. State Department’s Art in Embassies Program. Phil lives in Morrison, Colorado.

The daughter of an artist and a scientist, Niraja Lorenz began weaving as a teenager in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Quilting became Niraja’s passion in 1994. After years of creating original pieces, she began studying with world-renowned fiber artist Nancy Crow in 2007. After twenty years as a research psychologist, she is now a full-time studio artist and lives in Eugene, Oregon. Lorenz has exhibited extensively throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Australia, and Asia and won numerous awards for her artwork.

$1,000 Best of Show Award
$500 Prize for Creative Artistry – exceptional artistic expression and craftsmanship
$500 Prize for Creative Innovation – exceptional integration of new materials, techniques and design

Awards will be announced during the Opening Reception Awards Presentation.

Important Dates
April 10: Deadline for Entries
Week of April 24: Entrants will be notified via email from CaFE of competition results, with accepted works subject to final approval upon inspection on arrival to The Lincoln Center.
May 29-June 5: Shipments of accepted quilts must be received at The Lincoln Center between these dates – no earlier, please.
Tuesday, June 6, 12-4 p.m.: Hand delivery of accepted quilts due to The Lincoln Center
Saturday, June 10, 4 – 6 p.m.: Opening Reception with Awards Presentation at 5 p.m.
June 10 – August 5: Exhibition Dates
Week of August 7: Quilts shipped back to artists.
Tuesday, August 8, 12-4 p.m.: Pick-up date for hand-delivered quilts

Have questions or need help?

Questions concerning the exhibition or call for entry requirements should be directed to Todd Underwood, The Lincoln Center, at or 970-416-2646.

Assistance in using the CaFE system is available during regular business hours via email at or by calling 303-629-1166.

Application Requirements

Entry Rules & Requirements

  • $35 Entry Fee is required for up to three (3) entries. Maximum of three (3) entries allowed.
  • Entries must be of the artist’s (or, if collaborative, the artists’) original design, completed from 2021 to 2023.
  • No student work, or work created as the result of a class or workshop will be accepted.
  • The quilt must be predominately fabric or fabric-like material and be composed of at least three layers held together by stitching.
  • 2-D quilts must have a three-inch (8 cm) or greater finished double casing (sleeve) sewn in the top edge of the quilt, leaving approximately 1” on either side for the hanging slat to be affixed to the wall. If possible, please include your own hanging slat. The Lincoln Center can supply one, if this is not possible to include. (If you supply your own slat, please label as such, and make the casing the appropriate size to fit the slat.) Framed or mounted quilts will be accepted and should have hanging hardware attached (i.e., cleat or wire – no sawtooth hangers, please).
  • There are no small or large size limitations.
  • 3-D quilts must be identified as such in the entry description and if selected, must include detailed hanging or installation instructions.
  • Entries must include a short description of techniques and materials used in the construction of the quilt. Artists must also include a short statement about the artwork which, if selected for the exhibition will be included in the Exhibition Catalog. This information will be entered in the Form Questions portion of the application.
  • A panel of qualified jurors will select the works for the exhibition. The jury’s decision is final. The jury reserves the right to refuse any work that does not match the image sent for jury. The Lincoln Center reserves the right to reject or accept any quilt for exhibition upon delivery.
  • Artists are responsible for all costs of shipping and insurance of accepted quilts during transit to and from The Lincoln Center. The Lincoln Center will not assume customs and/or brokerage charges and it is understood that international artists will reimburse The Lincoln Center for any charges thus incurred.
  • Installation & Exhibition Period: June 5-August 7, 2023. Accepted works must be available for the full Installation and Exhibition Period, which includes installation, exhibition and de-installation, after which the work will be returned to the artist.
  • The Lincoln Center will retain a 30% commission on all works sold as a result of the exhibition. All sales must be handled through The Lincoln Center and are subject to State and City taxes. In the instances of sales commission or award payment, the artist must provide The Lincoln Center with an IRS Form W-9 for tax reporting.
  • The Lincoln Center will not insure any work for more than 70% of its stated retail value and reserves the right to limit the amount of insurance coverage on a particular piece. NFS (Not For Sale) works must include a stated insurance value.
  • In the event of damage to the work during the display or handling in connection with the exhibition of the work, the artist shall be responsible for reasonable repairs to his or her work of art. The Lincoln Center agrees to reimburse the artist the reasonable costs of repair, including cost of materials and labor, necessitated by damage to the work that The Lincoln Center or its staff is in whole or in part responsible.

Eligibility Criteria