January 25 - April 14, 2018
20th Biennial International Juried Art Quilt Exhibition Produced by The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio.

Image credit: Rosemary Hoffenberg, Regatta, 2016, cotton, thread, natural batting, 43" x 38"

 Produced by the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, Quilt National 2017 is the 20th biennial international juried art quilt competition dedicated to the promotion of the contemporary art quilt. Its focus is to provide the viewer with a visual presentation of innovative trends in the medium of layered and stitched fabric. Artworks were selected by jurors Nancy Crow, Petra Fallaux, and Art Martin. The OAC Riffe Gallery presents 36 of the original 86 works in the exhibition. 

Quilt National ’17 is, in the final selections, a celebration of the spirit of the original 1979 exhibition, a declaration of the power and versatility of the quilt as a means of artistic expression.” - Art Martin, Quilt National ’17 juror.

EVENTS & PROGRAMMING | Free and open to the public.

Opening Day Exhibition Tour with Jane Forrest Redfern | Thurs., Jan. 25, noon - 1 p.m.
Join the Dairy Barn Art Center's executive director for an in-depth tour about the exhibition. Light refreshments served.

Words and Valentines with Amy Greenberg | Thurs., Feb. 1, 5:30 – 8 p.m. 
Create poetic and collaged valentines. Click HERE to register, Jan. 2 - 31.

Artist Talk with Kate Gorman | Thurs., Feb. 8, Noon – 1 p.m.
Hear from a Quilt National '17 artist about her work and career.

Narrative Textiles with Kate Gorman | Thurs., March 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Experiment with mixed media-fabric, paper collage, and stitching in this visual storytelling workshop. Space is limited, come early. 

Storytelling Writing Workshop with Omope Carter Daboiku | Thurs., March 29, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Create a story and feel empowered in the traditional art of storytelling with a griot and artist. Click HERE to register, Feb. 28 - March 28.

Family and Friends Playshop with Deborah Griffing | Sat., March 31, 1 – 3 p.m.
Transform fabric remnants into dolls, animals, and lovable monsters through stitches and thread. Click HERE to register, Feb. 28 - March 30.

Pieced Together | Wed., April 4, noon – 1 p.m.
A free screening of the first documentary film about the American quilt square train movement with an introduction by Producer/Director Julianne Donofrio. Click HERE to register, March 5 - April 3.

Funky Hand-Stitched Scarves with Sue Cavanaugh | Thurs., April 5, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Re-purpose materials into one of a kind wearable works of art. Click HERE to register, March 5 - April 4. 

The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery showcases the work of Ohio's artists and the collections of the state's museums and galleries. The OAC Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215. Hours: Mon., Tue., Wed., Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed Sundays and state holidays (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 15; Presidents Day, Feb. 19).

Media support is provided by CD102.5, CityScene, Ohio Channel, WOSU, Ohio Magazine, and WCBE 90.5 FM.