Pathfinders: New Territories National Juried Art Exhibition


Southern Utah Museum of Art, Cedar City, Utah: For the past two years, a team of regional Advisory Board members has collaborated on the 2017 Pathfinders: New Territories national juried art quilt exhibition for the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) located on the campus of Southern Utah University from June 30 through August 26, 2017. On June 30, there will be a Jurors’ Talk from 5 to 5:45 p.m., followed by an opening reception from 6 – 8 p.m. At 7 p.m., the jurors will announce their choice for Best-of-Show and two Jurors’ Award winners. These events are free of charge and open to the public. They are also part of the Cedar City Arts Council’s Final Friday Gallery Stroll.

Under the direction of Deborah Snider, an overwhelming 61 artists from 24 states submitted 122 artworks that responded to the exhibition theme. Pathfinders: New Territories is defined as any person, group, or idea that is visionary in nature and blazes new ground. Pathfinders invent myriad life-saving and life-enhancing amenities all over the world. They discover new truths that add to humanity’s understanding of our built and natural world.

Working with an online, blind jury process, jurors, Marilyn Badger and Sandra Hoefner, selected 33 artworks from 31 artists living in 16 states for this show. The artists selected to exhibit their pieces are Betsy Abbott, Margaret Abramshe, B.J. Adams, Linda Anderson, Pat Budge, Erika Carter, Shannon M. Conley, Vicki Conley, Gabriele DiTota, Marian Eason, Kristine Eberhard, Aileyn Ecob, Deborah Fell, Paula Giovanini-Morris, Debra Goley, Barbara Oliver Hartman, Yunhwa Jang, Nancy Lemke, Niraja Lorenz, Salley Mavor, Susan McBride Gilgen, Lea McComas, Anne Muñoz, Margaret Noah, Linda Oszajca, Karen Post, Kathleen Russu, Maya Schonenberger, Bonnie Smith, Paula Straw, and Vivien Wise.

Since 1991, Marilyn Badger, from St. George, Utah, has produced award-winning quilts, including numerous Best-of-Show awards around the country and Best Longarm Quilting Awards at all three American Quilter’s Society shows held in Paducah, Nashville and Des Moines. Marilyn’s work has been featured in many national and international quilting books and magazines.

Sandra Hoefner of Grand Junction, Colorado holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and ceramics from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and a Master of Fine Arts in drawing, painting, and mixed media, which includes fiber and assemblage, from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Her artwork is included in national art quilt and fiber publications.

Badger and Hoefner said, “There was a high level of creativity and skill with which the artists pursued their imaginative approaches, thus making our decisions all the more difficult! We thank all the exceptionally talented artists who entered and shared their unique concepts with us.”

Enjoy new creative territories as you visit Pathfinders: New Territories at SUMA. For more information, please visit www.suu.edu/pva/suma/exhibits/pathfinders.html.

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