SYRACUSE, NY (February 26, 2016) – The Everson Museum of Art is pleased to announce a call for quilters to be part of their upcoming exhibition, WaterCRAFT. This exhibition invites quilters to explore and interpret the theme of water. Quilts will be judged on ingenuity, technique, artistry and presentation. Selected quilts will be exhibited at the Everson Museum of Art in summer 2016 alongside Creative Watercraft Design Challenge winners.

WaterCRAFT is inspired by contemporary artist Marie Lorenz’s summer journey along the Erie Canal and subsequent exhibition at the Everson Museum of Art in fall 2016. Beginning in summer 2016, Lorenz will travel by water from Buffalo to Albany via the Erie Canal and continue along the Hudson River to New York City, inviting passengers to accompany her daily. The project culminates with a multi-media exhibition and series of public programs at the Everson in fall 2016, bringing together newly created objects as well as research, documentation and materials from the voyage.

Who can enter? Entrants must reside in the greater Central New York region, ages 16 – adult. Maximum two entries per individual.

Submission deadline: May 2, 2016. Please submit an entry form with your entry fee and digital images that conform to the standards listed below, to Curator of Education Kimberly Griffiths, [email protected].

Entry fee: $15 Members, $25 Non-Members

Digital Submission Format: The jurying process will be done from digital images only. Entrants will submit two images per entry (one overall view and one detailed view). All images must be of publication quality. Poor images will be disqualified. Digital images must be saved as high quality JPEG files, no larger than 2MB. Images must accurately reflect the appearance of the quilt. Any digital image correction, aside from cropping, should be done only to ensure accuracy and should not artificially enhance the image. Jurors reserve the right to refuse any quilt that differs significantly from the image submitted. By submitting images of your quilt, you give permission to the Everson Museum to use the images for promotional purposes.

Quilt Requirements:

  • Wall quilts only
  • Quilts must be no more than 10 years old
  • Quilt size must be at least 20”H x 20”L, 72”L maximum
  • A list of all makers must be included on the entry form
  • Submissions must be on display for the entire duration of the exhibit
  • Artist statements are optional and must be emailed to [email protected] by the entry deadline of May 2, 2016.
  • Prepaid return shipping is required if you are unable to pick up your quilt on the designated pick up date.
  • Minimum of three joined layers
  • Quilts must be labeled accordingly: Title of exhibition, title of piece, name and address of quilter, and include method of construction (ex: hand-sewn or machine sewn)
  • Have a minimum of 4” depth sleeves sewn to the back of the quilt with hanging rods to fit your quilt.


The Everson Museum of Art, whose roots extend to 1897, is internationally recognized for its extensive and significant collection of ceramics, its pioneering art video collection and its distinctive structural design by the noted architect I.M. Pei.

The Everson is open to the public Wednesday – Friday and Sunday Noon – 5.00pm, Thursday Noon – 8.00pm, and Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm. For more information, please visit www.everson.org or follow us on social media.

The operation of the Everson Museum of Art is made possible with funding from the Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, the County of Onondaga administered by the CNY Arts, The Trust for Cultural Resources of Onondaga County, the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, the Everson Board of Trustees and Everson Members’ Council.