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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: International
State: New York
Entry Deadline: 8/1/20
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Entry Fee (Quilts=Art=Quilts): $35.00


Quilts=Art=Quilts is an international juried quilt exhibition at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, New York.  The Art Center has been a longstanding proponent of quilts as a visual arts medium and has been presenting quilts in a gallery setting since 1981.  

An emphasis is placed on overall quality of design, originality and visual impact.  Preliminary acceptance will be granted on the basis of the digital image submission.  Prizes will be awarded for excellence in design and workmanship in multiple categories, including $1,000 for Best in Show. Prizes are determined after the exhibit is installed.

All entries must be made online through this website registration process.  Artist may submit up to 2 works of art.  Detail images are not accepted. 

The entry fee for current members of the Schweinfurth Art Center is $30.  The fee for non-members is $35.  To get the membership discount you must call the Art Center for the promo code.

Dates to Remember

Entries Accepted Beginning:            July 1, 2020

Entry Deadline:                                 August 1, 2020

Delivery of Quilts:                            Sept. 21- 25, 2020

Artist Reception & Awards:              TBD

Exhibition:                                        Oct 24, 2019-Jan 10, 2021

Return shipping of quilts:                 Beginning January 13, 2021


Valerie Goodwin

Valerie S. Goodwin is a mixed media fiber artist and architect whose works of fine art are included in museum and private collections. Most of her work is inspired by a love of aerial views of landscapes and cities. Many of her quilts are based on maps.

Goodwin’s art has moved through various stages from traditional quilting to an interest in abstract expressionism and, currently it is inspired by real and imaginary landscapes and cities. In some cases, her work shows an architectural sense of space with an archaeological perspective. In others, the network of the city and its built form is more prominent. These compositions work on several levels, from close up and far away as if one was looking at it from above.

She received degrees in architecture from Washington University and Yale University. Her award-winning work has been widely published and exhibited. She also lectures and gives workshops nationally and internationally. Currently she teaches architectural design at Florida A & M University.


Mary Lou Alexander

Fiber Artist Mary Lou Alexander’s two great passions are art and nature. She grew up in Northeast Ohio playing along the streams and paths of a nearby forest, drawing, and stitching together fabric scraps in her Godmother’s sewing room. She studied art and art history in college, but spent much of her adult life as a biologist, examining the ecology and reproductive behavior of small South American monkeys. She earned a PhD from Kent State University in Biological Anthropology, and holds an international Diploma from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London. She taught at Northeastern Ohio College of Medicine and in the Department of Biological Sciences at Kent State University.

In mid-career she resigned her tenured professorship to return to art and stitching full time. Over the year she had mounted 5 solo exhibitions in museums and galleries, and she has been represented in many juried exhibitions in the US and Europe including Artist as Quiltmaker, Quilt National, Quilts=Art=Quilts, Best of Ohio, Form Not Function, Focus Fiber, and others. Her work was invited to be included in Color Improvisations, which toured Europe in 2010 through 2013 in the Inaugural Exhibition at Edison Price Gallery in New York City and Material Pulses, which is touring the Us through 2023. Her quilts are part of many private and public collections including Marbaum Collection at the San Joe Museum of Quilts and Textiles. She has curated several exhibitions for the Butler Institute of American Art and written reviews for Fiberarts Magazine. Natural phenomena remain a major inspiration for her work.


Definitions & Conditions of Entry

·         A quilt is a fabric sandwich comprised of at least two layers:  a top, a back and usually a filling.  These are held together with quilting or tying threads.  Integration of non-fabric items is acceptable.

·         Up to two entries of original work per person are permitted.

·         Preliminary acceptance will be granted based on digital images.  Final acceptance will be granted after receipt and examination of quilt.

·         The jurors and staff of the Schweinfurth Art Center reserve the right to refuse any accepted entry for exhibition if it does not contain the same qualities as the submitted image.

·         Quilts must measure a minimum of 900 square inches total (height x width=square inches).  The vertical dimensions of any single piece may not exceed 108 inches.

·         Quilts must have been completed in 2017, 2018, 2019 or 2020.

·         Quilts must be in pristine condition and be show ready.

·         Quilts with pre-programmed computerized machine quilting are not eligible.

·         Quilts made or derived from kits, workshops, classes or commercial patterns are not eligible.

·         Quilts must have a continuous 3” wide sleeve attached to the back of the top of the quilt.  Exceptions are made if appropriate means of hanging or display is provided.

·         Quilts must be available from Sept. 28 , 2020- January 15, 2021.

·         Quilts previously exhibited at the Schweinfurth Art Center are not eligible.

·         Quilts that do not meet conditions of entry will not be accepted.

·         The Art Center will retain a 25% commission on all sales made during the exhibition.  An insurance value and a sale price, which includes commission (unless the quilt is not for sale), must be included in the application.

Digital Images

All images must be submitted online If you have trouble uploading your files- you must contact Cafe for support.

Artists may submit up to 2 works. Detail images are not accepted. 


File Type: JPEG or JPG only.

File Dimensions: 1,200 pixels or greater on the longest side.

File Size: Under 5 MB.

Color Profile: sRGB

Entry Fee

The entry fee for Members of the Schweinfurth Art Center is $30.  The entry fee for non-members is $35. Entry fees must be paid online with a credit card at the time of entry. To receive your membership discount you must call the Art Center at 315-255-1553 for the promo code.

Notification of Acceptance

Notification of acceptance will be emailed Wednesday August 26th, 2020.  


All quilts must arrive at Schweinfurth Art Center between Monday, Sept. 21, and Saturday, Sept 25th, 2020. Hand delivery will be accepted within the same time dates during regular hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm. We cannot accept deliveries on Sunday. Failure to provide an accepted work will result in the artist’s being ineligible for future exhibitions.

Artists are responsible for packing, shipping and insurance of accepted work to and from the Art Center. Work must be shipped in a substantial, reusable container. Artists must provide return shipping forms for quilts that need to be returned to artists by the Art Center via mail.

Quilts may be picked up from Tuesday, January 12, through Friday, January 15, 2021, from 10am-5pm or by appointment. Shipped work will be returned by mail beginning Wednesday, January 13, 2021.


Quilts must have an insurance value indicated on the entry form.  It must be defendable in the event of a claim.  The Art Center reserves the right to require a certified appraisal for any quilt valued over $1,000.

The Art Center will insure objects while on site for the insurance value indicated on the entry form. The Artist is responsible for insurance during shipping both ways.

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