The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is pleased to announce a call for entries for its annual juried quilt and wall hanging exhibition. The summer-long exhibition, Quilts and Wall Hangings 2005, will be displayed in the Great Hall and in the Art Gallery of the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston.
Quilts handmade by West Virginia residents are eligible for the exhibition. First- ($500), second- ($400), and third-place ($300) awards will be made in the following categories: pieced quilts, appliqued quilts, quilts made with mixed/other techniques, and wall hangings. In addition, the Division will provide a Purchase Award and add the quilt chosen to the collection of the West Virginia State Museum.
The judge also may award a Best of Show prize of $100. Honorable mention or other non-monetary awards will be given at the discretion of the judge. Quilts and wall hangings shown previously in a Division of Culture and History Quilts and Wall Hangings juried exhibition are not eligible.
In addition to the monetary award, all winners will receive ribbons. Awards will be presented on Saturday, May 28, in the Norman L. Fagan West Virginia State Theater of the Cultural Center as part of the 29th annual Vandalia Gathering.
Entries must be postmarked by March 29 and arrive at the Cultural Center by March 31. Hand-delivered entries will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on March 24-25. Each entrant may submit one quilt and one wall hanging, which must be accompanied by a non-refundable fee of $20 for each entry.
Jane Brown of Winchester, Ky., will serve as judge for this year’s exhibition. She has been certified with the National Quilting Association since 1988, having judged shows and exhibits in Kentucky, California, North Carolina and Tennessee. Brown holds a master’s degree in weaving and design from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and has been quilting for more than 25 years. In addition to quilting and judging exhibitions, Brown is engaged in farming, raising registered Angus cattle, hay and tobacco with her brother.
For more information about Quilts and Wall Hangings 2005, or to request complete guidelines and entry forms for the exhibition, contact Stephanie Lilly, exhibits coordinator for the Division at (304) 558-0240, ext. 128. Entrants can also download the form in Acrobat format.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.