The 2020 Annual West Virginia Quilt Exhibition opened at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston on Tuesday, July 7 and will remain on display through the end of October 2020. Visitors to the West Virginia State Museum will see 36 quilts and 22 wall hangings on display through the end of October 2020 to compensate for the time lost during the museum shut down. Linda McCuean, NACQJ certified, was our juror for the show coming from New Galilee, PA to work with us during the shut down to ensure the quilt show was ready for the museum reopening.
The top award for this exhibition went to Marie C. Miley of Huntington for her exceptional applique quilt, Rose Sampler, which received First Place in the Applique category, and Best of Show. Our other award-winning quilters will be announced soon in an official release from the department. There is hope for a late summer award ceremony to celebrate the quilters that have received awards, but all plans are subject to change with situations being quite fluid still. We will keep everyone updated on any changes and announcements that may occur.
We want to say a special thank you to our fabulous quilters across the state networking with quilting groups, shops, and each other to make this show possible. Being able to exhibit their outstanding talent during this time of uncertainty has been an exceptional privilege, and we cannot say thank you enough for their dedication to this show.
If you do not feel comfortable traveling to see the show in person, you can view it virtually on the Department of Arts, Culture and History Zenfolio page from the following link: 2020 Quilts Exhibit. There are also several albums of this year’s quilt exhibition, including individual photos of all selected entries, in the Exhibits section of the drop-down menu. To view the photos, you will need to enter an email address, and then you should have full access to the albums. If there are any questions, please contact Cailin Howe by phone (304)-558-0220, ext. 128 or Cailin.A.Howe@wv.gov.
Quilts and wall hangings can be mailed or hand delivered to Cailin Howe, exhibits coordinator for the department, at the Culture Center. Quilts and wall hangings, handmade or machine made, by West Virginia residents are eligible for the exhibition. Special consideration will be given to hand-quilted entries. Entrants may submit one quilt and one wall hanging. There is a nonrefundable fee of $20 per entry. Quilts and wall hangings shown previously in a Department of Arts, Culture and History Quilts and Wall Hangings juried exhibition are not eligible. The prospectus and entry information for the 2021 Quilts and Wall Hangings Juried Exhibition can be downloaded once they become available (here). For more more information about the exhibit or to request a printed prospectus, contact Cailin Howe at (304) 558-0220 or Cailin.A.Howe@wv.gov.
For more past exhibits and events, feel free to search the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History's Exhibits and Exhibitions Zenfolio page.