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April 8, 2006 to May 21, 2006

ARTQUILTS AT THE SEDGWICK: ON THE SQUARE

The show represents the 7th (now biennial) juried exhibition presented by critically acclaimed ArtQuilts at the Sedgwick, AQatS. Works by 44 artists from the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia will be on view. AQatS is proud to continue the tradition it began four years ago to highlight not only its own exhibition of fine art quilts but also to promote the many other regional venues that now feature the fiber arts as part of "April is Fiber in Philly."

When it began in 1999 as a 10-day invitational show at the Sedgwick Cultural Center in Mt. Airy, AQatS recognized that it had the heady task of explaining the very words "art quilt" and showing quilts on the wall to many visitors who knew only the functional bed quilt. To the organizers’ surprise, the success of this brief exhibition surpassed all expectations. In fact, AQatS attracted so much attention from both the public and the press that it expanded annually and became a month-long, juried exhibition in its third year. Fulfilling its mission to provide a consistent venue for the exhibition of the art quilt and the education of the public about this important and ever-evolving art form, each year the AQatS committee has also produced a CD-ROM catalogue of each featured quilt as well as comments by each artist and each juror.

It is a testament to the widespread fame of AQatS that is receives hundreds of submissions from artists from every region of the country and from abroad as well. For AQATS 2006, 44 quilts were selected by three illustrious jurors—Rebecca Stevens, author and curator of Contemporary Textiles at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., and fiber artist/teachers Lewis Knauss of Moore College of Art and Design and Amy Orr of Rosemont College. They have assembled a show that illustrates the depth and varieties of the contemporary art quilt: photo transfers, paper and whole cloth quilts, embroidery and painting on cloth, are but a few of the techniques that the visitor will see in 2006. Artists selected: Virginia Abrams, Bob Adams, Valerie Aita, Lisa Call, Violet Cavazos, Jette Clover, Tricia Coulson, Bonnie Epstein Denise M. Furnish & C.J. Pressma , Leesa Zarinelli Gawlick, Valerie S. Goodwin, Beverly Hertler, Kristin Hoelscher-Schacker, Natasha Kempers-Cullen, Pat Kroth, Judy Langille, Eileen Lauterborn, Suzanne MacGuineas, Barbara McKie, Patricia Mink, Angela Moll, Dominie Nash, Anne McKenzie Nickolson, Constance Norton, Jacquelyn Nouveau, Julia E. Pfaff, Sue Pierce, Judith Plotner, Sarah Louise Ricketts, Pam RuBert, Noel M. Ruessmann, Diane Savona, Joan Schulze, Patti Shaw, Brenda Smith, Daphne Taylor, Deborah Tilley, Bette Uscott-Woolsey, Kathy Weaver, Barbara Webster, Kathyanne White, Jeanne Williamson.

AQatS is planned and administered by an independent committee of multi-talented quilt artists with the support of other fiber artists and art aficionados who share their commitment to promoting the art quilt. Because of the ever-expanding scope of the exhibition, the committee determined in 2004 that they could plan and promote AQatS more effectively by moving from an annual to a biennial format.