Pathfinders: New Territories

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Jun 30 2017 - Aug 26 2017

“Pathfinders: New Territories” initiates a biennial, national, juried art quilt exhibition, which will alternate between two southern Utah sites: The Southern Utah Museum of Art and the St. George Art Museum. A 17-member Advisory Board of art quilters from Colorado, Nevada, and Utah are steering the 2017 exhibition. The 2017 art quilt show Pathfinders: Everything in Between: Art Quilts, Fabric Collage, and Embroidery is a national juried art quilt exhibition. 

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. Pathfinders are found in every age group, throughout history, and in every country. The common denominator of pathfinders may be their curiosity, courage, wanderlust, sense of adventure, willingness to take risks, and the unwillingness to live life as it has always been lived without asking “What If?” and “Why Not?”

In fall 2012, Southern Utah University hosted an international invitational art quilt exhibition in the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Southern Utah University. The exhibition expanded the understanding of, and excitement for, over 4,000 gallery visitors about the creative work being made by art quilters in fabric and fibers. 

The Southern Utah Museum of Art and the St. George Art Museum

The Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) is designed for multiple uses, with state-of-the-art climate control, lighting, and security. The space can accommodate wall-hung, three-dimensional, free-standing and/or suspended work. The number of artworks selected by the jurors will be limited to the respectful presentation of each piece within 600 linear feet and 6,000 square feet of gallery space. The 2017 exhibition will take place in this space.

The St. George Art Museum has been in its current building since 1997. Formerly a home for sugar beet seeds, the space was beautifully transformed to become part of the historic and beautiful Pioneer Center for the Arts complex. The gallery hanging space is just less than 500 linear feet with over 5000 square feet of exhibition floor space. The 2019 exhibition will take place in this space.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website
  • Fiber Arts
  • American
  • Contemporary
  • Textiles / Basketry / Quilts
  • Group show

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