|From a Seed, by Sheila Frampton-Cooper.|
Quilt National 2013, the international juried competition for new, innovative quilt art will open on Friday, Sept. 20, at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art. The show will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
The St. Louis presentation of Quilt National serves as a fundraiser for Safe Connections, the largest locally founded nonprofit working to end domestic violence and sexual assault.
Quilt National was organized in 1979 to showcase artists who pushed the boundaries of traditional quilting into a new form of expression now known as the "art quilt." This biennial show has grown through the years, reflecting the general public's growing interest. This year, the show includes art from exhibitors representing 27 states and seven countries. From the 851 original submissions, only 85 were selected for Quilt National 2013.
The selected artists expand the boundaries of traditional quilt making, utilizing the newest materials and technologies. A single, standout St. Louis artist, Luanne Rimel, has a piece featured in the show. Missouri artist Pam RuBert of Springfield also has a piece featured.
Quilt National 2013 opened in May at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, where the exhibition was juried by internationally recognized art quilters. The Saint Louis University Museum of Art is the only location outside of Ohio where the full-scale exhibition can be seen. At the exhibition's conclusion, Quilt National will be divided into smaller exhibits for a two-year tour.
About Safe Connections
Founded in 1976, Safe Connections works to end domestic violence and sexual assault while helping survivors reclaim their lives. Safe Connections provides no-cost individual and group mental health therapy to women and teens, a crisis hotline for the entire St. Louis community and education to students in middle school through college region-wide.
For more information, visit SLUMA's website.