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Press Release

Wayne Art Center: Art Quilt Elements 2018

March 13, 2018

Wayne Mag Mar13

“Wayne Art Center is proud to present Art Quilt Elements 2018, an International Juried Contemporary Quilt Exhibition, which will be on display at Wayne Art Center from March 16 – April 28, 2018. The opening reception and artists’ talk will run from 5:00 – 7:00 pm on Saturday, March 17 in both state-of-the-art Davenport and Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Galleries. During the reception’s awards ceremony over $3,000 in cash awards will be presented.

This eagerly anticipated exhibition, celebrating its thirteenth anniversary year, is dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of contemporary art quilts while providing a venue for established and emerging artists to share their creative endeavors with the public audience. ArtQuilt Elements has earned a rapidly growing reputation as one of the nation’s most recognized art quilt exhibitions. The finest works are featured, supporting Wayne Art Center’s mission of expanding the public’s awareness of fine contemporary craft, and significantly benefiting all educational programs for children, teens and adults. This year’s artists represent over 26 states and abroad, including Japan.

The jurors, Mi-Kyoung Lee – Program Director of Craft + Material Studies for the University of the Arts, Marsha Moss – Public Art Curator and Consultant, and Paul Smith – Independent Curator selected 48 works from a collection of almost 400 entries for this biennial exhibition that is dedicated to providing a professional venue for this genre of quilt-making. The featured artists’ work employ a diverse range of techniques to communicate their visions and storytelling through various hand and machine-making methods. Many of the artists create their own surface design effects through painting, printing, dyeing and mark making, while others collage their pieces from commercially produced fabrics which are then translated by fabric layering and stitch-making.

Wayne Art Center graciously thanks the major sponsors of Art Quilt Elements 2018: West Laurel Hill Cemetery and Funeral Home, First Priority Bank, and Mistyfuse/Attached Inc. These donations benefit Wayne Art Center’s educational, ever-growing outreach and exhibition programs. With these funds, awards will be presented to artists to continue their efforts and research in this textile field. In addition, a 100-page catalog will document this biennial international exhibition and is available for purchase at Wayne Art Center or on-line at www.artquiltelements.org.


Opening Reception: Saturday, March 17, 3:00 – 5:00 pm.
Meet the Artists: Saturday, March 17, 3:00 – 4:00 pm.
Gallery Tours: Every Wednesday 12:30 pm. Meet in the Vidinghoff Lobby.
Paper Quilting: Family Workshop, www.wayneart.org to register.
Quilted Bags: Family Workshop, www.wayneart.org to register.

Wayne Art Center has been enriching the cultural needs of the community since 1930. From its modest beginnings as the first art center on the Main Line, the Center has grown into a dynamic nonprofit organization, providing instruction in all phases of the visual and performing arts. Nearly 500 classes and workshops are offered annually to more than 4,000 students of all ages and abilities. The Center’s high-caliber and committed faculty support the fine reputation the Center has achieved through the years. The new Davenport Gallery and the Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Gallery attract over 35,000 visitors a year for exhibitions, lectures and special events. Wayne Art Center is located at 413 Maplewood Avenue in Wayne, Pennsylvania. For further information, please contact Nancy Campbell, Executive Director and Karen Louise Fay, Director of Exhibitions and Events about Wayne Art Center’s Art Quilt Elements 2018 and all the educational, exhibition and rental programs that the magnificent facility offers the community. Call 610-688-3553 or visit the website at wayneart.org and artquiltelements.org.

Gallery Hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturdays, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free admission. There is a suggested $5.00 contribution to view Art Quilt Elements 2018. Full color catalogs are available for purchase for $20 at Wayne Art Center and on-line at www.artquiltelements.org”