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Quilt National 2013

Quilt National 2013, the international juried competition for new, innovative quilt art will open on Friday, Sept. 20 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, OH, where the exhibition was juried by internationally recognized art quilters. St. Louis is the only location outside of Ohio where the full-scale exhibition can be seen. It will be divided into smaller exhibits for two-year tours following the St. Louis presentation.

The Saint Louis University Bookstore will have the book, "Quilt National 2013:The Best Of Contemporary Quilts" available for sale September 15-October 26.  The bookstore is located in the Busch Student Center. For store hours please go to

NOTE: Quilt National will be at SLUMA instead of its traditional location at The Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles in the hopes of being more easily accessible for visitors. Admission is now free during regular museum hours.

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.