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FAVA’s 19th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Quilts

May 16 – July 26, 2020

The Artist as Quiltmaker is the second-longest-running art quilt exhibition in the world.  FAVA deliberately chooses not to define ‘quilt,’ thereby encouraging both established and emerging artists to submit innovative artwork, pushing boundaries and challenging expectations, whether they use traditional or non-traditional techniques or materials.  

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Elizabeth Kozlowski, Editor, Surface Design Journal

Independent Curator Elizabeth Kozlowski is Editor for the Surface Design Association’s quarterly journal, Surface Design. Her current exhibition project, Craft as Social Practice,will. debut at theFlorida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, in 2019. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Cultural Anthropology at Tulane University, New Orleans.


Ruta Marino, Artist and Curator


Sunday,  December 1, 2019

Online submissions accepted from  June 1 through December 1, 2019 at

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Quilt historian Ricarda “Ricky” Clark, 1932-2014, spent much of her professional life documenting Ohio’s traditional quilts. She also recognized the value of looking forward to see where quilt-making could go and was the driving force behind the establishment of a high-quality contemporary quilt exhibit at the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts (FAVA) in Oberlin, Ohio. Noting the success of Quilt National, the first and longest-running art-quilt exhibition, which takes place at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, Clark wanted to guarantee that an outstanding exhibition of art-quilts takes place in Ohio every year. Each show is biennial; Quilt National shows in odd-numbered years and AQM, held in Oberlin, at The Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, in even-numbered years. Clark coordinated the first several Artist as Quiltmakerexhibits, beginning in 1983.

To honor the legacy of Ricky Clark, FAVA’s Board of Directors approved a Founder’s Award to be allocated to an artist whose work is firmly grounded in the history of quilt making but which also pushes the boundaries in fresh, compelling ways.  

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