Brenda H Smith - Contemporary Quilt Art

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Artist Statement

As a contemporary art quilter, I am inspired by the natural world near my home in northern Arizona. My work is related to nature and the southwestern landscapes through color, pattern, and design. I experiment with color, dyeing fabric, and developing texture through various surface design techniques. Images of forests and deserts, the folds and textures of geology, and the impressions and traces of wildlife find their way into many of my quilts. 

 

Brenda H Smith
 
My work has been exhibited at numerous national and international juried shows, including Pacific International Quilt Festival, Art Quilts Chandler, Art Quilts at the Sedgwick, ArtQuilts Elements, and Quilts=Art=Quilts.  My quilts have won awards at Road to California, International Quilt Festival, and American Quilter’s Society shows.

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Exhibitions

2008
Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, AZ
ArtQuilt Elements, Wayne, PA
Road to California, Ontario CA
American Quilter’s Society, Paducah, KY
Its Elemental, Flagstaff, AZ
International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
Quilts=Art=Quilts, Auburn, NY
Art Quilts XIII, Chandler, AZ

2007
Road to California, Ontario, CA
Splendor of Chaos, Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ
Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA
Art Quilts Lowell, Lowell, MA
Art Quilt Markings, Cary, NC
International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Hampton, VA
Its Elemental, Flagstaff, AZ
The Color of Light: Southwest Quilts and Fiber Art, Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, AZ
FLOW: Rocky Mountain SAQA Artists, Translations Gallery, Denver, CO

2006
Road to California, Ontario CA
Art Quilts at the Sedgewick, Philadelphia, PA
American Quilter’s Society, Paducah, KY
Transformations, Birmingham, England
International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
Quilts=Art=Quilts, Auburn, NY
         
2005
Road to California, Ontario, CA
American Quilter’s Society, Paducah, KY
Sacred Threads, Reynoldsburg, OH
In Full Bloom, International Quilt Association, Houston, TX
I Remember Mama, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
Journal Quilt Project, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
It’s Elemental, Flagstaff, AZ
Art Quilts X: Xhilerating, Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler, AZ
      
2004
Road to California, Ontario, CA
Diablo Trust Reflections on the Land, Flagstaff, AZ
Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA
Hoffman Challenge, Traveling Exhibit
International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
It’s Elemental, Flagstaff, AZ
Art Quilts IX: Sight Line , Chandler, AZ
Andover Fabrics,Typospheres Challenge

2003
Art Quilts VIII: A Cut Above, Chandler, AZ
It’s Elemental, Flagstaff, AZ

2002
Road to California, Ontario, CA
Hoffman Challenge, Traveling Exhibit
Art Quilts VII:  Caught in the Act, Chandler, AZ

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Awards

2008
Journal Quilt 2007 - Betatakin, Its Elemental, Flagstaff, AZ, Juror's Choice

2006
Wildfire!  Road to California, Ontario CA, Best Use of Color
Wildfire! American Quilter’s Society, Paducah, KY, 1st place, Non-traditional Small Wall Quilts
Wildfire! International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, 3rd place, Mixed technique

2005
Orchid Dance
  Road to California, Ontario, CA, 2nd place, Innovative
      
2004
Color Blocks: Mardi Gras  Road to California, Ontario, CA, 1st place, Innovative 

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Publications

Color Blocks: Mardi Gras published in:
Thinking Outside the Box by Sandi Cummings with Karen Flamme. C&T Publishing, 2004
Contemporary Quilts by Cindy Walter and Stevii Graves. Krause Publications, 2005

Mothers and Daughters published in:
I Remember Mama by Karey P. Bresenhan. Primedia Publishing, 2005

Wildfire! published in:
100 Things to Know if You Own a Quilt: A Quilt Owner's Manual by Ann Watkins Hazelwood, American Quilter's Society, 2007

Petrified Forest published in:
Design Explorations for the Creative Quilter by Katie Pasquini Masopust, C&T Publishing, 2008

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Reproduction and distribution in any manner is prohibited
without permission of the artist.

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