Annual Exhibit
Form, Not Function

Quilt Art at the Carnegie

May 9 - July 12, 2014

Submission deadline (postmark or online entry) February 1, 2014.

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From May 9 – July 12, 2014, the Carnegie Center for Art & History will present Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie, an exhibition exploring the world of contemporary art quilts. This annual, juried exhibit draws works of art by artists across the United States and celebrates innovation and creative thought in the increasingly popular medium of art quilts. It has grown over the years from the first exhibition in 2004, organized thanks to the efforts of the River City Fiber Artists, to the 2013 exhibition that received 341 entries from 128 artists.

Each year, a variety of quilts in the Form, Not Function exhibition are recognized for their excellence through the presentation of awards. The awards include: the Carnegie Center, Inc. $1,000 Best of Show prize; a $500 Award of Excellence in memory of textile artist Alma Lesch, sponsored by the DELvelopment Foundation; a $300 Award of Excellence presented by River City Fiber Artists; a $200 Award of Excellence presented by the Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists; a $100 Award for Political and Social Commentary; a $100 Inspired by Nature Award and a $50 Visitors’ Choice Award, as well as additional Merit Awards sponsored by local individuals and organizations with an interest in the fiber arts. The Carnegie Center is pleased to have Rebecca Cross, Denise Burge and Valerie White as jurors for the 2014 Form, Not Function exhibition. In addition to selecting the works for the exhibit, they will also select some of the exhibition awards.

Retia by Betty Busby

Read about the 2014 jurors and enjoy images of the 2013 award-winning artworks below.

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2014 Jurors


Rebecca Cross
A resident of Oberlin, Ohio, Rebecca Cross was raised in Japan and Alaska, and still considers herself a Pacific Northwesterner. She is married to composer Randolph Coleman, with whom she has a daughter and son. A recipient of the Textile Society of America New Professional Award in 2010, artist Rebecca Cross exhibits her work nationally and internationally, in the United States, Paris, Budapest and Nagoya, Japan. Cross has collaborated extensively with the Double Edge Dance Company, in Cleveland and New York City. After earning her BA and BMus at Oberlin College, Cross received her MFA in Textiles from the Kent State University School of Art, where she now teaches. Cross’ work appears in Ann Collier’s Using Textile Arts and Handcrafts in Therapy With Women: Weaving Lives Back Together (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, December 15, 2011); 1000 Artisan Textiles (2010 Rockport Publishers/Quarry Books, Beverly, MA); and in American Craft magazine, June-July, 2010. Her website is

Denise Burge
Denise Burge works in a variety of media, including drawing, film, and quiltmaking. Her quilt work has been widely commissioned and collected, and was included in two Quilt National exhibitions. For this work she has been awarded multiple Ohio Arts Council grants, residencies and the Headlands Center for the Arts and the Fine Art Work Center in Provincetown, and a Joan Mitchell Foundation award. In 2006 she formed a collaborative animation group called "The Dozens." Since then, she has been creating video installation work with Lisa Siders and Jenny Ustick under the name Maidens of the Cosmic Body Running. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in 1990 from Virginia Commonwealth University and since 1992 has held the position of Professor of Art at the University of Cincinnati. Her website is

Valerie White
An award winning fiber artist, Valerie C. White has been creating quilts for almost twenty years. A retired art educator from the District of Columbia Public Schools, she continues to share her passion for textiles, teaching and presenting lectures nationally. Widely exhibited in the United States and internationally, her work appears in several publications and she was featured in Quilters Newsletter Magazine in 2013. Valerie was one of 44 artists invited to create a quilt to celebrate the inauguration of our 44th President, Barack Obama. The quilt exhibited at the Historical Society Museum in Washington, DC and was later published in Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi’s book: A Journey of Hope: Quilts Inspired By President Barack Obama. Valerie earned a B.F.A. from Howard University in Washington, DC and a M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from Virginia Polytechnic University, in Blacksburg, Virginia. She currently resides in Denver, Colorado. Her website is


2013 Form, Not Function Winners

Best of Show
Presented by Carnegie
Center for Art & History, Inc.

Betty Busby
Albequerque, NM

Award of Excellence in Memory of Textile Artist Alma Lesch
Presented by DELvelopment Foundation

Circles No. 6
Judy Kirpich
Takoma Park, MD

Award of Excellence
Presented by River City Fiber Artists

Echoes of Important Things Christy R. Gray
Bay Village, OH

Award of Excellence
Presented by Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists

Mary Ruth Smith
Waco, TX

Award of Merit
Presented by Preston Arts Center

Sarah J. Pavlik
Germantown, MD

Award of Merit
Presented by Today’s Woman Magazine

Summer Flowers
Daren Pitts Redman
Nashville, IN

Award for Political and
Social Commentary
Presented by Kathleen Loomis

Linda Witte Henke
Indianapolis, IN

Inspired by Nature Award
Presented by Juanita Yeager

Heat Wave III; June, July, and August
Cynthia St. Charles
Billings, MT

Honorable Mention

Soliloquy I
Peggy Brown
Nashville, IN