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Quilt National Returns to Dairy Barn

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The Dairy Barn Arts Center has announced the opening of Quilt National ’15, the 19th biennial juried exhibition of innovative art quilts produced in Athens, Ohio.

In the exhibit, which will be open to the public May 23 through Sept. 7, visitors will see an eclectic collection of never-before exhibited works from talented fiber artists representing 33 states and eight foreign countries.

More than 6,000 visitors from around the world are expected to see Quilt National ‘15. Although parts of the collection will travel to museums and galleries throughout the country until late 2017, the Dairy Barn Arts Center is the only exhibition venue where visitors can view the complete collection.

The exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.  There are also extended hours on Thursdays until 8 p.m.

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Photo: Dairy Barn Arts Center

Visitors will also be able to take home unique mementos of Quilt National. The Dairy Barn Gallery Shop will feature hand-crafted items by the Quilt National exhibitors and by other regional artists.

Quilt National ’15 is produced by the Dairy Barn Arts Center with sponsorship from the Ohio University Inn & Conference Center; Quilts Japan magazine/Nihon Vogue Co., Ltd.; the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau; Friends of Fiber Art International; the James Foundation; Nelsonville Quilt Company; the Ohio Arts Council; Studio Art Quilt Associates;; and many generous individuals.

“All of us who work in the realm of quilts want them to be accepted as art.  This is the reason for the existence of Quilt National: to prove to the larger world out there that quilting is an art form on a level with traditional fine art mediums,” said Judy Schwender, one of the jurors for this year’s competition.

Admission is $10 general; $8 for students and seniors. Thursdays are free from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., courtesy of the exhibit’s sponsors. For more information, including a full list of participating artists and works, visit