The “Art of the Quilt” show at MAAG is glorious and the exhibition is up until April 25. It’s involving all types of quilters, from emerging to professional, from traditional to contemporary. But we’ve been particularly struck, especially for International Women’s Day, by the number of participants in this show who have conquered their own doubts about being artists. In short, they have empowered each other.
So, this Sunday at 3 pm, at 11 West Mt. Airy Ave., we want to talk about it. And we’re confident you’ll want to be in the mix. This conversation will address art forms associated with women’s work and their place in fine art. We’ll pose the question “What puts the art in quilt?” “Does function equal fine art?”
Join our distinguished panel of textile, quilt, and fiber artists — Sarah Bond, Diana Trout, Carol Loeffler, Elena DiLapi, and Heather Ojiie as we discuss the role that women play in enriching visual culture. Read on for bios on our panel.
$10 at the door.
Panelists and Bios
Sarah Bond is a quilt artist and a teacher. Her art revolves mostly around traditional quiltmaking. She likes functional work; she likes making things that people can use and live with. She likes to play with traditional quilt designs and experiment with color and variation. Her teaching style focuses on making even the most complicated patterns accessible and achievable for her students. She is a resident artist at Mt. Airy Art Garage and pursues her quilt evangelism through classes and the world-famous Quiltapalooza!
Elena DiLapi —Tailler Puertorriqueno, and Former Director, UPenn Women’s Center for 23 years.
Carole Loeffler—Artist and Professor in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Arcadia University. Carole is a native of New Jersey and received her B.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and received her M.F.A. from University of South Florida in Tampa. Previously, she taught and directed the Foundations program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the School of Art and Design. She is currently teaching Sculpture, Senior Seminar and coordinating the Foundations program at Arcadia University in the Performing Arts Department in Glenside, PA.
While residing in the Midwest, Carole had numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York, St. Louis, Chicago, Cleveland, North Carolina, Indiana and Florida. Since relocating to the East Coast, she has had regional exhibitions in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Philadelphia. Her work is driven by intuitive process and play with various materials. The precipitating work takes many forms including sculpture, painting and immersive installations.
Diana Trout —Diana’s professional life is weighted equally between her twin passions for teaching and creating. Her stitched mixed media textiles, watercolor and bookarts have been exhibited nationally. Her artwork and articles have appeared in national magazines. Quilting is a hobby that offers a rich sandbox to play with color shape and texture. Trout’s book, Journal Spilling, Mixed Media Techniques for Free Expression is used by artists, art journalers and teachers. Trout trained in Painting and Printmaking at Pa. Academy of the Fine Arts. She is a life time learner and explorer. You can reach Diana at her blog, http://dianatrout.typepad.com/
Heather Ujiie — I grew up in a loft in Greenwich Village, New York City, in a family of artist educators, and my artistic career has been informed by a lively bohemian childhood. I currently live in Bucks County, PA and serve as an adjunct professor, teaching across disciplines in art & design at Moore College of Art & Design and Philadelphia University. I am both an artist and a designer, and my professional design experience includes designing for dance, theatre, and textile print design in New York City. My textile installation work has been exhibited in The Hunterdon Museum of Art, The Racine Art Museum, and at the prestigious Wind Challenge Award Exhibition at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial Museum. My work has also been included in exhibitions in the Cleveland Museum of Art, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, and The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, and The Philadelphia International Airport. I also currently show my textile print design work at Flavor paper in New York, a high-end textile wall-covering company for modern interiors.
I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Visual Art from the State University of New Paltz, NY, an Art- Education Degree from Brooklyn College, and an Associates Degree in Textile Surface Design, from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. I have over 15 years of experience as a textile designer, for the home furnishing market in New York City. My textile installation work has been exhibited in The Hunterdon Museum of Art, The Racine Art Museum, and at the prestigious Wind Challenge Award Exhibition at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial Museum. My work has also been included in exhibitions in the Cleveland Museum of Art, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, and The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, and The Philadelphia International Airport. My printed textile designs have had numerous clients including Flavor Paper, and The White House private residences for President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, Washington D.C. I also currently have a blossoming career as a nationally known artist.
We want to thank Valley Green Bank for their sponsorship to this event.