Shafer Art Gallery Exhibits & Events

Current Exhibit: New Quilts from an Old Favorite

New York Beauty: New Quilts from an Old Favorite
Award Winning Quilts from the National Quilt Museum
October 24-December 9

National Quilt Museum Quilt ShowAbout the Contest

One of the roles of a museum is not only to preserve the past, but also to link the past to the present and to the future. With that knowledge at heart, The National Quilt Museum holds an annual contest and exhibit called New Quilts from an Old Favorite. Created to acknowledge our quiltmaking heritage and to recognize innovation, creativity and excellence, the contest challenges today’s quiltmakers to interpret a single traditional quilt block in a work of their own design.

The contest requires that quilts entered be recognizable in some way as a variation on that year’s selected traditional block. The quilts must be no larger than 80" and no smaller than 50" on a side. Each quilt entered must be quilted. Quilts may only be entered by the maker(s) and must have been completed after December 31 two years prior to the entry date.

Quiltmakers are asked to send in two images—one of the full quilt and one detail—for jurying. Three jurors view these and consider technique, artistry, and interpretation of the theme block to select 18 finalists. These finalist quilts are then sent to the museum where a panel of three judges carefully evaluates them. This evaluation of the actual quilts focuses on design, innovation, theme, and workmanship. The first- through fifth-place winners are then selected and notified.

An exhibit of the 18 quilts opens at The National Quilt Museum in Paducah each spring, and then travels to venues around the country for two years. Thousands of quilt lovers have enjoyed these exhibits at their local or regional museum.

A book is produced by the American Quilter’s Society featuring full-color photos of the finalists and award-winning quilts; biographical information about each quilter; and their tips and techniques. The book provides an inside look at how quilts are created and a glimpse into the artistic mindset of today’s quilters.

Previous theme blocks have been Double Wedding Ring, Log Cabin, Kaleidoscope, Mariner’s Compass, Ohio Star, Pineapple, Storm at Sea, Bear’s Paw, Tumbling Blocks, Feathered Star, Monkey Wrench, Seven Sisters, Dresden Plate, Sawtooth, Sunflower, Orange Peel, Baskets, Jacob’s Ladder, Carolina Lily,and Nine Patch.  The 2016 block is New York Beauty Patch.   Flying Geese and Bow Tie will be the featured blocks for 2017 and 2018, respectively.

The National Quilt Museum would like to thank this year’s New Quilts from an Old Favorite contest sponsors: MODA Fabrics and Janome America, Incorporated.

Exhibit Schedule 2016-2017

September 2- October 7: Barton County Arts Council Friends and Acquaintances Community Art Festival, featuring Artist's At Large
-masquerade ball reception: September 2 6:30-8:00 pm (Invitation Only. Call 620.792.9342 for more information.)

October 24 through December 8th: Quilts and Holiday Events

January 13 through February 10: Work by Wayne Conyers

February 17 though March 24: Cuna Mutual Art and Science Encounter-Art of Bradford Hansen-Smith

April 2 though April 6: Vortex High School Exhibit
-Barton Arts Council Vortex Day April 6

April 21 through May 19: Barton Student Exhibit

May 19 though August 11: A Steve Dudek Retrospective