Art quilts in The Lincoln Center Art Gallery. The quilts on display in the lobby are visible in the middle of the frame.
Art Exhibit

39th Annual New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts

Jun 10 – Aug 5, 2023

Exhibit Description

This juried exhibition features the current work of the finest national and international contemporary quilt artists, June 10–August 5, 2023. Art quilts accepted for exhibition will exemplify innovation in quilting and surface design techniques as well as excellence in artistic composition and craftsmanship. The goal of the exhibition is to recognize the world’s finest contemporary quilt artists and to advance the art form.

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Exhibition Jurors: Vicki Carlson, Phil D. Jones, and Niraja Lorenz
Awards Judges: Phil D. Jones

Vicki Carlson is a studio art quilter and fabric designer residing in Fort Collins, Colorado. Working with her hand-dyed and hand-painted fabrics along with other surface design techniques, she creates predominantly abstract quilts. Influenced by her traditional roots, her emphasis is on finding rhythm and unity through color and line.  Her work has been juried into numerous regional and national exhibits and can be found in quilting publications as well as public and private collections.

Employing various surface design techniques Phil D. Jones’ work is implemented using a combination of hand and machine methods. Working in series, Jones explores ideas and themes in his medium. As a crossover artist, he experiments with fine art aesthetics and techniques through quilting. Phil’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibits, including 6 international shows in other countries. Phil’s work has also been exhibited at the U.S. Embassy, Bridgetown, Barbados and the U.S. Ambassadorial Mission, Pristina, Kosovo, on loan to the U.S. State Department’s Art in Embassies Program. Phil lives in Morrison, Colorado

The daughter of an artist and a scientist, Niraja Lorenz began weaving as a teenager in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Quilting became Niraja’s passion in 1994. After years of creating original pieces, she began studying with world-renowned fiber artist Nancy Crow in 2007. After twenty years as a research psychologist, she is now a full-time studio artist and lives in Eugene, Oregon. Lorenz has exhibited extensively throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Australia, and Asia and won numerous awards for her artwork.


$1,000 Best of Show Award

figurative quilt showing a woman and two children on public trasport
Linda Anderson, The Exodus

$500 Prize for Creative Artistry – exceptional artistic expression and craftsmanship

a mixed media collage with multiple pieces stitched together and imagery and text in the center of a black border
Wen Redmond, Journey’s End

$500 Prize for Creative Innovation – exceptional integration of new materials, techniques and design

3d quilted dresser form with a mirror on top and light coming out of the bottom drawer
Susan Else, Family Secrets

Honorable Mentions:

quilt with a large eye in the center and mixed media elements such as beads and metal cones attached
Jennifer Evans, The Secret Women (Evil Eye)
an abstract quilt with small pieces of multicolor fabric making up a larger organic design
Barbara Oliver Hartman, Reclamation: Debris
Two sides of a quilt shown next to each other. One shows a gradient of blues and the other screen printed black and white images of fish and trash found in the ocean
Kathy York, Ocean Blues/Oil and Water (Left, Side 1 and Right, Side 2)

Included Artists:

Linda Anderson, Eugene,
Peggy Blei Hracho, Reading,
Betty Busby, Albuquerque,
Barbara Danzi, New York,
Susan Else, Santa Cruz,
Jennifer Evans, Denver,
Helen Geglio, South Bend,
Cindy Grisdela, Reston,
Barbara Oliver Hartman, Flower Mound,
Patty Kennedy-Zafred, Murrysville,
Judy Kirpich, Lewes,
Paula Kovarik, Memphis,
Ingrid Lincoln, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 
Mary McCauley, Fort Collins,
Anette Millington, Beacon,
Wen Redmond, Strafford,
Stephanie Shore, Lexington,
Sophia Shultz, Pottsville,
Kelly Spell, Hixson,
Gwyned Trefethen, Cohasset,
Kathy York, Austin,
Marian Zielinski, Macon,