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                                                                A passion for quilting helps a Fort Walton Beach internist connect with her patients.


A soft cotton quilt graces the wall of Dr. Eleanor McCain's reception area. It combines a strikingly bright combination of red and blue squares and stripes, adding a dose of color to an otherwise traditional doctor's office. Made by the doctor herself, it's the first sample of her work you see as you move around the building.


Step through the door that leads to Eleanor's examination rooms, and more quilts line the narrow hall, as well as the exam rooms themselves. It's a gallery of sorts that has a decorating scheme with a purpose. In many ways, Eleanor contends, a quilt symbolizes the care we receive at the doctor while at the same time acting as a salve to the apprehension many of us face while there. "There's something comforting about a quilt," she says. "There's the connection to a quilt's warmth while it's wrapped around you and, for many of us, a connection to someone in the family who has made quilts. People can relate to that."




"I realized that quilting
could be a completely contemporary
expressive art form."


  Eleanor McCain

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Finding Her Medium

The connection between her creative and professional pursuits wasn't intentional, at least not at first. An internist and a Panama City native, Eleanor didn't seriously pursue quilt making until a few years after she graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1981. Yet she came from a family of artists; her grandmother was a quiltmaker, and her mother is a watercolorist and writer. "As long as I can remember, I've loved making things with my hands." But during her youth, she was an artist without a dedicated medium.

Along the way, Eleanor realized she preferred creating things she could handle, touch, even use. "I tried macramé, needlepoint, embroidery, and furniture, and I realized that at some point, I would have to settle on a form. I thought traditional quilts were nice, but they felt repetitious to me. It took a while for me to realize that I could develop my own style." That revelation came during a quilt show at the Connell Gallery in Atlanta in the early 1980s. "I realized that quilting could be a completely contemporary, expressive art form," Eleanor says. 


What she wanted was a style flush with color that draws from such influences as her mother's watercolor paintings, 20th-century abstract painter Mark Rothko, and the Florida landscape. "I will look for unusual color combinations from nature, and then I will try to figure out what makes the combinations work." While the designs of her quilts are contemporary, Eleanor's use of hand-dyed fabrics, patchwork, and stitched lines connect with more traditional schools of quilt making. "I'm really attracted to the idea of participating in a classically female, previously demeaned form of art. I'm in awe of it. For me it references more of the history and the women who have done this for years and years. It is their form."

Functional Art

"Patients love the quilts," Eleanor says. "They like having reference points." She notes that many come in and talk about the quilts they or their family members made, and Eleanor gladly displays those too.."Patients bring in an old family pieces that they really admire, and I have them make a tag for it that tells who made it and where it's from. And some even bring in quilts they have made. We're shifting things around all the time, so patients actually have something to look forward to when they visit. We think it makes the office more friendly and receiving."

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2019    Cover Art, Quilt National 2019, Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH.
2012     Art Quilting Studio, Winter 2012, Stampington & Co., Laguna Hills, CA.

2011     Masters: Art Quilts Volume 2, August 2011, Lark Books, Ashville, NC.

2010     500 Art Quilts, Lark Books, Ashville, NC.

2009     American Style, Fibruary 2009, Volume 15, Number 3, Baltimore, MD, p 67.

2008     Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, Fall 2008, Volume 39, Number 4, Issue 156,Suawnee, GA, p 26.

               American Craft, December/January 2009, Volume 68, Number 6, New York, NY, p 40.

               Discover, Silicon Valley, November 2008, Volume 34, Number 11, San Jose, CA, p 12.

               Southern Living Magazine, “Florida Living section”. January 2008.

2007     Quilt National 2007, Lark Books, Ashville, NC.

2005     The Herald, Rock Hill, SC: February 11, 2005, p 1D.

2004     Diversion Magazine, December 2004, pp 43-44.        

               Fiberarts Design, Book Seven, Lark Books, Asheville, NC.

2002     American Quilter Magazine, Winter 2002, Volume XVIII, Number 3.

2002     American Quilter Magazine, Spring 2002, Volume XVIII, Number 1.

1999     American Craft, October/November 1999, Cover, Volume 59, Number 5, New York, NY.

               Fiberarts Design, Book Six, Lark Books, Asheville, NC.


2019     National Quilt Museum, permanent collection, Paducah, KY

2018     United States Attorney's office, Tallahasse, FL    
2012     Bain Capital, LLC, Boston, MA

2011     Okaloosa County Courthouse, Fort Walton Beach, FL

2005     The Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC

2000     The Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC

2001     The Children’s Advocacy Center, Ft. Walton Beach, FL

1994-2018     Various private collections


2016    Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA
2014    Ruth Funk Center for Textile Art, “Oil Stains”, Melbourne, FL.

2013    Delta State University, Wright Gallery, “Oil Stains”, Cleveland, MS.

2008    San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, “Variations Squared”, San Jose, CA.

              National Quilt Museum, “On A Grand Scale”, Paducah, KY.

2005    Winthrop University College of Visual and Performing Arts, “Eleanor McCain: Contemporary Quilts”, Rock Hill, SC

2002    Thirteen Moons Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

              Arts and Design Society of Ft. Walton Beach, “Women’s Work, Quilts by Eleanor McCain”, Fort Walton Beach, FL

2000    Gallery of Art, Panama City, FL


Studio Art Quilt Associates

Surface Design Association

Florida Craftsmen

Friends of Fiber Art


2022    "22 for 2022", Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA


2019    Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, "Quilt National 2019" Athens, OH. 

              Jurors:  Francoise Barnes, Carolyn Ducey, Judy Kirpich

2018    eXtreme Fiber Art, Springfield, MO


2016     Ross Museum, “Party On!”, Delaware, OH.


2015     McKissick Museum, “Southern Rhythms at McKissick: 2015 Gala”, Columbia, SC.
               Stremmel Gallery, “3 Textures“, Reno, Nevada.

               Ruth Funk Center for Textile Art, “Southern Accents”, Melbourne, FL.


2014     Ross Art Museum, “Art Quilts: Celebrating 25 Years of QSDS”, Delaware, OH.

               SAQA,  “Masters 2”, Phoenix, AZ, Lancaster, PA, Paducah, KY, Charlotte, NC, Grand Rapids, MI,

                      Chattanooga, TN, Des Moines, IA.

               Museum of Geometric & MADI Art, “Quilts: the New Geometry”, Dallas, TX.

               Zanesville Museum of Art, “Without A Word”, Zanesville, OH.

               Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, “(R)Evolution” Art Quilt Retrospective 1979 - 2014”, Athens, OH.

               Visions Art Museum, “Quilt Visions 2014: The Sky’s The Limit”, San Diego, CA.


2013      Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, “Quilt National 2013”, Athens, OH.

                McKissick Museum, “If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus”, Columbia, SC.



2012      Destin Library, “Fotos and Fabric – 3 artists”, Destin, FL.

                Florida Museum for Women Artists, “Fiber Arts Exhibit” Tallahassee, FL.

                Mobilia Gallery, “Contemporary Visions of Surface Design: Textile as Painting/Painting as Textile”, Cambridge, MA.

                McKissick Museum, “18th Annual Invitational Gala”, Columbia, SC.

                Shanghai Museum of Textile and Costume, “The Sum of Many Parts”, Donghau University, Shanghai, China.


2011       Kathryn Markle Fine Arts, “Uncommon Threads: A Survey of Contemporary Quilts” New York, NY.

                 Quilt National 2011, “Jurors Exhibit”, Athens, OH.

                 SAQA, “Masters: Vol. 2”, Houston, TX, Cincinnati, OH, Paducah, KY, Long Beach, CA, Lowell, MA.


2010       Osilas Gallery, “Sew New; Contemporary Art Quilts”, Bronxville, NY.

                 Gross McCleaf Gallery, “Invitational Quilt Exhibition 2010”, Philadelphia, PA.         

                 Ross Art Museum, “The Quilted Surface VI”, Delaware, OH.


2009        Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, Pushing the Surface 2009, Coshocton, OH. Invitaional.

                  Museum of Florida Art, “Eye of the Needle”, Deland, FL  Eleanor McCain, Barbara W. Watler, and Katherine Allen.



2008       Southeast Center for Contemporary Art, “Structure Surface & Expression”, Winston-Salem, NC. Invitational

                  Art Quilt Network, “Reflections – Above & Below/Past & Present”, Blair Audubon Center, Naples, FL, Audubon Center,                                     Greenwich, CT,  Randall Davey Audubon Center, Santa Fe, NM,  Tiburon Audubon Center, Richardson Bay,   

                             San  Francisco, CA,  Aulwood Audubon Center, Dayton, OH.

                  Carnegie Center for Art, “2008 Form Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie”, New Albany, IN. Juror:Jane Burch.

                  Wayne Art Center, “Art Quilt Elements 2008” , Wayne, PA.Jurors :B.J. Adams, Mi-Kyoung Lee, & Robert Shaw.

                  Columbus Art Museum, “Material Matters” Columbus, OH.  Invitational.

                  Crooked Tree Arts Center, “Transformations ’07: Reverberations”, Petoskey, MI.

                  Visions Gallery, “Transformations ’07: Reverberations”, San Diego, CA.

                  Cornell Museum, “Transformations ’07: Reverberations”, Delray, FL.

2007         Wayne Art Center, “Craftforms 2007”, Wayne, PA.  Juror: Mark Richard Leach

                   Florida Craftsmen Gallery, “CraftArt Festival: Florida Green Quilt”, St. Petersburg, FL.

                   Quilt Indulgence Festival, “Transformations ’07: Reverberations “, New South Wales, Australia.

                   International Quilt Festival and Market, SAQA: “Creative Force 2007”, Houston, TX.  Juror: Rebecca Stevens.

                   The Galleries at OWC, “Tactile Traces”, Niceville, FL. Kathryn K. Allen, Eleanor A. McCain, Barbara W. Watler, Invitational.

                   Fitton Center for the Creative Arts, “Tactile Traces”, Hamilton OH.  Kathryn K. Allen, Eleanor A. McCain, Barbara W. Watler.

                   SAQA’s Bridging the Gap Congerence, “Art Gallery in a Box III”, Athens, OH.

                   The Brush Art Gallery, “Art Quilts Lowell 2007”, Lowell, MA.  Jurors: Rayna Gillman & Nancy Halpern.

                   Polk Community College, “Tactile Traces”, Winter Haven, FL . Kathryn K. Allen, Eleanor A. McCain, Barbara W. Watler.

                   The Lux Center for the Arts, “Tactile Traces”, Lincoln, NE.  Kathryn K. Allen, Eleanor A. McCain, Barbara W. Watler. 

                   Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, “Quilt National 2007”, Athens, OH

                               Jurors:  Tim Harding, Paula Nadelstern, & Robin Treen.

                    Florida Craftsmen Members Gallery, “Tallahassee 18”, St. Petersburg, FL. Invitational

                    SAQA’s Transformations ‘07, “Reverberations”, Birmingham, England. Juror:  Sandra Sider

                    Fiberart International, Pittsburgh, PA.  Jurors: Dorothy Caldwell, Naomi Kobayashi, Lois Moran

                    Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, “Pieced Together”, Lancaster, OH. Invitational

                    Greater Denton Arts Council, “Materials Hard & Soft 2007”, Denton, TX.  Juror: Paula Owen


2006           Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, “The American Landscape”, Winston-Salem, NC. Juror: John William Coffey II

                     Upstairs (artspace), “Artists of the Cloth: Trends in Contemporary Textile Art”, Tryon, NC. Invitational

                     Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, “Crafts National 40”, State College, PA. Juror: Mark Richard Leach

                     Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, “Quilts=Art=Quilts 2006”, Auburn, NY.

                                 Jurors: Ann Clarke, M. Joan Lintault, & Robert Shaw

                     Quirk Gallery, “Take Cover”, Richmond, VA .  Invitational

                     Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, “Spotlight 2006”, Louisville, KY.  Juror: Bruce Pepich

                     Gallery of Contemporary Art, “On the Wall”, Colorado Springs, CO.  Juror: Dr. Alice Zrebiec

                     Textile Center, “Traditions Transformed: Contemporary Quilts”, Minneapolis, MN.  Juror: Jan Myers-Newbury            

                     The National Exhibition Center,”Transformations: artists working with fibers”, Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England;                                        Denver, CO; Chicago, IL; Grants Pass, OR.  Juror: Jane Sauer

                      Associated Artists of Winston-Salem,”Dimensions 2006”, Winston-Salem, NC.  Juror: Brooke Anderson

                      Alegre Retreat, “Art Quilt Show XII”, Santa Fe, NM.  Curator: Katie Pasquini Masopust

                      A.I.R. Gallery, “6th A.I.R. Gallery Biennial”, New York, NY.  Juror: Maura Reilly

2005          Arts and Design Society, “Quilts!! Colorful and Contemporary”, Fort Walton Beach FL  Curator: Lynn Roberts

                    Greater Denton Arts Council, “Materials: Hard & Soft”, Denton, TX    Juror: Michael Monroe

                    Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, “Quilt National 2005”, Athens, OH

                                  Jurors: M. Joan Lintault, Miriam Nathan-Robert, and Mark Richard Leach

                    The Deleplaine Visual Arts Education Center, “Bead and Fiber Exhibit”, Frederick, MD Jurors: Jane Sauer and Joyce Scott

                    Art Center of Estes Park, 9th Annual “Lines into Shapes”,  Estes Park, CO

                                  Jurors: Jennifer Cook and Jennie Kiessling Michler

                     Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, “Quilts=Art=Quilts”, Auburn, NY

                                  Jurors: Paula Nadelstern & Jeannette DeNicolis Meyer

                     51st Florida Craftsmen Exhibition, Davie, FL  Juror: Lewis Wexler


2004           Contemporary Crafts Museum & Gallery, “Layers of Meaning: The Art Quilt 2005”, Portland, OR

                                   Jurors: William Henning, Sally Sellers, & Jeannette DeNicholis Meyer

                      Studio Art Quilt Associates, :Changing Definitions: The Art Quilt”, Little Rock, AR

                                   Jurors: Dr. Nan Plummer, Alan Du Bois, and Brian Young

                      University Museum, “ArtQuilt Art International Invitational Exhibition”, Indiana, PA  Curator: Ned Wert

                      German Invitational, “Textilkunst und Quilts”, Konstanz, Germany

                                    Curator: Nancy Crow (USA) and Ginie Curtze (Hoeri Museum, Germany)

                      CMSU Art Center Gallery, “19th Annual Greater Midwest International Exhibition”, Warrensburg, MO

                                    Juror: Douglass Freed; Award: “Juror’s Award”

                      Alegre Retreat, “Art Quilt Show XI”, Santa Fe, NM.  Curator: Katie Pasquini Masopust


 2003            Artists Unlimited, “10th Annual National Open”,  Tampa, FL   Juror: Michele Tuegel

                       Gallery 214 ArtSpace,  “Quilts for Art Sake II”, Montclair, NJ   Juror: Hildreth York Ph.D

                       Lancaster Museum of Art,  “Crafts National 2003”, Lancaster, PA  Juror: Holly Hotchner Tubac

                       Center of the Arts, “Wrapped in Cloth – The Human Figure in Textiles”, Tubac, AZ  Curator: Thelma Smith

                       Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, “Girardot National Juried Exhibition”, Cape Girardeau, MO. Juror: Barbara Thompson

                       Deland Museum of Art, “Florida Craftsmen’s 50th Anniversary Exhibition”, Deland, FL   Juror: Robert Ebendorf

                       Alegre Retreat, “Art Quilt Show IX”, Santa Fe, NM   Curator: Katue Pasquini Masopust

                       Greater Denton Arts Council, “Materials Hard and Soft”, Denton, TX  Juror: Alan DuBois

                       Florida Craftsmen,  “Paper to Gold: A Fifty Year Celebration”, Tampa, FL  Juror: Karen Valdés

                       Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, “Quilt National 2003”, Athens, OH

                                      Jurors: Liz Axford, Wendy Huhn, Robert Shaw

2002            Fairfield City Museum and Gallery Invitational, “Quiltessence”, Fairfield, Australia
                                     Jurors: Grace Cochrance, Senior Curator, Australian Decorative Arts & Design Powerhouse Museum

                      The Whister House Museum of Art, “Art Quilts at the Whistler”, Lowell, MA

                                     Jurors: Sandra Townsend Donabed, Eleni Zohdi, Robyn Daniel

                       Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, “Combined Talents: The Florida National 2002”

                                     Jurors: Three faculty members from the Florida State University School of Visual Arts and Dance

                       Selby Gallery, Ringling School of Art, “Invitational”, Sarasota, FL  Curator: Marilyn Mars

                       Florida Craftsmen Gallery, ”Past Perfect/Present Tense”, St. Petersburg, FL  Curator: Marilyn Mars

                       Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, “Crafts National 36”, State College, PA  Jurors: Kenneth R. Trapp

                       Columbus Museum of Art, “The Quilted Surface”,  Columbus, OH

                                     Jurors: Michael James, Libby Lehman, Charles Kliebacher

                        Alegre Retreat, “Art Quilt Show VIII”, Santa Fe, NM   Curator: Katie Pasquini Masopust

                        Oceanside Museum of Art/Quilt San Diego/ Quilt Visions, “Quilt Visions 2002”, San Diego, CA

                                     Jurors: Inez Brooks-Meyers, Rebecca A. Stevens, Lynn Lewis Young

                        49th Florida Craftsmen, Vero Beach, FL  Juror: Alan DuBois

                        Gross McCleaf Gallery,  “8th Annual Contemporary Quilt Exhibition”, Philadelphia, PA

                        Sedgwick Cultural Center, “Art Quilts at the Sedgwick 2002”, Philadelphia, PA

                                      Jurors: Bruce Hoffman, Karen Berkenfeld, Dilys Winegrad, Ph.D.

                        Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, ”The Miami Art Exchange Juried Exhibition”, Miami, FL  Juror: Bernice Steinbaum

                        Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot, “Fine Craft 2001”, Steamboat Springs, CO

                                       Award: “Second in Show” Juror: Donna Banning

                        Gayle Willson Gallery, “Florida Artists”, Southampton, NY  Jurors: Benja Morgenstern

                        Museum of American Folk Art, “Quilted Constructions, The Spirit of Design”, New York, NY

                                       Jurors: Brooke Davis Anderson, Stacy C. Hollander, Paula Nadelstern, Elizabeth Warren

                        The Signature Shop & Gallery, “Repeater: Repetition in Fiber”, Atlanta, GA  Jurors: Pattiy Torno


2001               Viridian Artists, “12th Annual Juried Exhibition”, New York, NY

                                       Juror: Ann Lampe - Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art

                         Society for Contemporary Craft and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts,  “FiberArt International 2001”, Pittsburgh, PA

                                       Jurors: Ann Bachelder, John Garrett, Kenneth Trapp

                         Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, “Quilt National 2001”, Athens, OH

                                       Jurors: Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, Jane A. Sassaman and Melissa Leventon

                         Yeiser Art Center, “2001 Fantastic Fibers Exhibit”, Paducah, KY  Juror: Dan Carver

                         River Oaks Square Art Center’s Art Quilt Show, Alexandria, LA  Juror: Arturo Alonzo Sandoval

                         The Wichita Center for the Arts, “Fiber Directions 2001”, Wichita, KS  Juror: Jason Pollen

                         Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum Exhibition, “Pushing the Surface 2001”, Coshocton, OH  Juror: Linda Fowler

                         48th Florida Craftsmen Exhibition, Ft. Meyers, FL  Award: “Merit in Fiber”  Juror: Carolyn A. Hecker

                         Deland Museum of Art Exhibition, Deland, FL

                         Alegre Retreat, “Art Quilt Show VIII”, Santa Fe, NM  Curator: Katie Pasquini Masopust

                         Church In The Arts, Solo exhibition, Panama City, FL  Juror: B. Hopkins

2000               47th Florida Craftsmen Exhibition-Best in Show Award, St. Petersburg, FL  Juror: Mark Richard Leach   

                         Lowe Art Museum, “Beyond the Fringe: Florida Fiber Art 2000”, Miami, FL.  Juror: Ken Uyemura

                         Chico Art Center, “2000 Defining Vessels:All Media National Juried Exhibition”, Chico, CA  Juror: David Middlebrook

                         Museum of Fine Arts Florida State University, “Combined Talents 2000”; Tallahassee, FL

                                         National Competition, Tallahassee, FL  Jurors: Jala Chen, Michael Oliveri and Nick Potter

                          Kennesaw State University, “SPOTLIGHT 2000”, Kennesaw, GA  Juror: Ted Potter            

                          Studio Art Quilt Associates, “Exit/Entrance”, Santa Fe, NM  Juror: Elizabeth Ann Coleman

                          J. Funk Fine Art, Inc., “Art Quilt 2000”, Maumee, OH

                          The Gallery of Art, “Fall Art & Antiques”, Panama City, FL  Curator: Mary Ola R. Miller

                          The Phipps Center for the Arts, “Contemporary Art Quilt 2000 Exhibit”, Hudson, WI

                                         Jurors:  Charlene Burningham, Barbara Otto, and Ann Rucker

                           Bradiggins Arts & Crafts Gallery,” 2nd Annual Invitational Textile Art Exhibit”, Hillsborough, NC

                           Alegre Retreat, “Art Quilt Show VII-Professional Division, Santa Fe, NM  Curator: Katie Pasquini Masopust

                           Aullwood Audubon Center, “The Good Earth”; 8th Annual Art Quilt Exhibit, Dayton, OH.

                                          Award: “Best in Show”, Juror: Susan Shie

                           Greater Denton Arts Council, “Materials Hard & Soft”, Denton, TX  Award: “Honorable Mention”,

                                          Juror: Mark Richard Leach

1999                  Quilt National, Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center, Athens, OH  Jurors: Nancy Crow, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Bruce Pepich

                            Greater Denton Arts Council, “Materials Hard & Soft”, Denton, TX  Juror: Michael W. Monroe

                            Silvermine Guild Arts Center, “USA Craft Today ;1999 Third Juried Biennial”, New Canaan, CT

                                          Juror: Dr. Jeremy Adamson, Senior Curator, Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art -                                                          Smithsonian Institution

                            46th Florida Craftsmen Exhibition, LeMoyne Art Foundation, Tallahassee, FL  Juror: Martha Connell

                            Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, “Combined Talents”; Florida National 1999, Tallahassee, FL.

                                          Jurors: Kabuya Bowens, Davina Grunstein, and Hugh Popcock

                            Zoller Gallery, Crafts National 33, University Park, PA.  Juror: Sandra Blain

                            Gallery of Art, “Celebrate Downtown”, Invitational Show, Panama City, FL.

                            J. Funk Fine Art Gallery, “These Aren't Your Grandma’s Quilts”, Invitational Show, Maume, OH.

                            Arts and Design Society of Fort Walton Beach, “Women’s Work, Quilts by Eleanor McCain, Watercolors by

                                           Roxie  Wilson”, Fort Walton Beach, FL.

                            Yeiser Art Center, ”Fantastic Fibers”, Paducah, KY  Juror: Dan Carver


1998                  Textile Arts Center, “Fiber 98”, Chicago, IL  Juror: Gillian Moss

                            Nordic Heritage Museum, “Muse of the Millennium”, Seattle, WA.   Juror: Lloyd Herman

                            Gallery of Art, “Solo Exhibition”; Panama City, FL

                            Arts Iowa City Art Center and Gallery, ”Paper Fiber XXI”, Iowa City, IA.  Juror: Mary Anne Jordan.  Honorable                                                               Mention

                            Museum of American Folk Art, ”Edge to Edge”; Selections from Studio Art Quilt Associates, New York City 

                                            Curator: Stacy C. Hollander


1997                   Arts Iowa City Art Center and Gallery, “Paper Fiber XX 1997”, Iowa City, IA.  Juror: Dorothy Fields

                             Columbus Cultural Arts Center, “Invitational 97”  Invitational Juror:  Nancy Crow

                             American Museum of Quilts and Textiles, “Dwellings”, San Jose, CA.

                                             Jurors:  Kathleen Sharp, Nancy Halpern, Mark Cavagrero


2014            Museum of Geometric & MADI Art, “Patterns and Process”, “Quilts: the New Geometry” show   opening, Dallas, TX.

                      Opening lecture, Ruth Funk Center for Textile Art, Melbourne, FL


2013            Opening lecture, Delta State University, "Oil Stains", Cleveland, MS


2010            Juror, “Quilt National 2011”,


2008            Artists Lecture, “Variations Squared”, Show Opening, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles,        San Jose, CA.


2007            Participating Artist, Florida Craftsmen, “Passionate About Craft” Collectors’ Series, Volume I.

                      Artist’s Lecture, “Pattern and Process”, Show Opening, The Galleries at OWC, Niceville, FL.

                      Panel Participant, “Tradition & Trajectories: Education and the Quilt Maker”, International Quilt

                                 Study Center, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE.

                      Artist’s Lecture, “Contemporary Quilts” Show Opening, Rutledge Gallery, Winthrop University,  Rock Hill, SC.


2003            Guest Speaker. Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC, Visiting Artist Series.

                      Guest Speaker. Pensacola Museum of Art.

                      Guest Speaker: “Century Art Quilt 2000”, The Phipps Center for the Arts.


2002             Guest Speaker: “Textile Arts Alliance”, Santa Fe, NM.


2002-2004  Florida Craftsmen Board of Directors


2001            Co-curator, “Ground Cover: Contemporary Quilts”, Okaloosa-Walton Community College,  Art  Center Galleries.



Carnegie Center for Art & History, “2008 Form, not Function”, New Albany, IN.
Award: 9 Patch Color Study 5, Louisville area Fiber & Textile Artists’ Award of Excellence.

Juror: Jane Burch Cochran

Wayne Art Center, “CraftForms 2007”, Wayne, PA.
Award: 9 Patch Color Study 3, Gold Award.

Juror: Mark Richard Leach

2007 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, “Crafts National 40”, State College, PA.
Award: Canyon Study 1, Award for Merit.

Juror: Mark Richard Leach.


2005 Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, “Quilts=Art=Quilts”, Auburn, NY:

Award: Best of Show

Jurors: Paula Nadelstern and Jeannette Denicolise Meyer

2004 19th Annual Greater Midwest International Exhibition, CMSU Art Center Gallery, Warrensburg, MO

Award: “Juror’s Award”

Juror: Douglass Freed

2003 Lancaster Museum of Art, “Crafts National 2003”, Lancaster, PA

Award: “Juror’s Award”

Juror: Holly Hotchner


2003 Arts Council of SE  Missouri, “Girardot National Juried Exhibition”, Cape Girardeau, MO

Award: “Second in Show”

Juror: Barbara Thompson

2002 The Whistler House Museum of Art, “Art Quilts at the Whistler”, Lowell, MA

Award: “Juror’s Award” 

Jurors: Sandra Townsend Donabed, Eleni Zohdi, Robyn Daniel

2001 Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot, “Fine Craft 2001, Steamboat Springs, CO

Award: “Second in Show”

Juror: Donna Banning


48th Florida Craftsmen Exhibition, Ft. Meyers, FL

Award: “Merit in Fiber”

Juror: Carolyn A. Hecker

2000 47th Florida Craftsmen Exhibition, St. Petersburg, FL

Award: “Best in Show”

Juror: Mark Richard Leach


2000 Greater Denton Arts Council, “Materials Hard & Soft”, Denton, TX

Award: “Honorable Mention”

Juror: Mark Richard Leach


2000 Aullwood Audubon Center, “The Good Earth”; 8th Annual Art Quilt Exhibit,

 Award: “Best in Show”, Dayton, OH.

Juror: Susan Shie

1998 Arts Iowa City Art Center and Gallery, “Paper Fiber XXI”, Iowa City, IA

Award: Honorable Mention

Juror: Mary Anne Jordan