Conjunction Exhibit

National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado 

FRCQ Exhibit June 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020 

CONJUNCTION is an exhibit open to members of the Front Range Contemporary Quilters.  Two or more things occurring at the same point in time or space is a conjunction. The effect of conjunction is to link two or more things together. An art quilt can be seen as the conjunction between fine art and a traditional quilt. Artistic elements can be conjoined — contrast and repetition; straight and curved lines, or complementary colors. Two related things can be in conjunction, either physically like a river descending through a canyon, or metaphorically, like freedom and liberty. Opposites can also be conjoined, such as joy and fear, night and day, or opposing political viewpoints. Unexpected conjunctions are thought-provoking and beg for a second look.  

The juror says she will be looking for the clever and unique, “[s]how me something new and original, not only in the interpretation of the theme, but in the materials and techniques used, as well.” 

This exhibit will also feature a separate exhibit area for 12” x 12” works, on any theme. No 3-D work cannot be accepted due to limitations of the exhibition space. 

  • Entry Opens:                                     February 1, 2020
  • Due date for entry:                          February 29, 2020
  • Notification of selected work:       March 15, 2020                  
  • Accepted art work delivery:           Accepted art work may be delivered at FRCQ meeting on May 18, 2020.  Final deadline for delivery to Maria Lorenzo Sachs is May 23, 2020.
  • Exhibit Opens:                                  June 1, 2020
  • Exhibit Closes:                                  July 31, 2020



  • Artists must be a paid member of FRCQ in 2020 to enter this exhibit.
  • Entries must meet the SAQA definition for an art quilt: “The art quilt is a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.”
  • Single, diptych, triptych, or other multiple-piece works, framed and mounted are eligible (multiple-piece works will count as one entry). NCAR cannot display free standing three dimensional or wearable works. All work must be wall-mounted.
  • The work must be original and the result of independent (solo or collaborative) effort. If work is the result of a collaboration (including the production, design or quilting process) it must be noted on the entry form and collaborators listed. Art that was begun, worked on or resulted from a workshop and that is in the style of the workshop teacher is not considered original and thus is not eligible for this exhibit.
  • There is no size restriction, although artists are encouraged to submit a 12” by 12” work for consideration to be included in the montage. Accepted 12” x 12” work must be mounted on stretcher bars or cradle boards. Instructions will follow upon acceptance.
  • Work must have been completed after June 1, 2015.
  • Work shown in any previous FRCQ show at any time (other than on-line Portfolios) is ineligible.
  • Work may be for sale by the artist. Sales will not be brokered by FRCQ or NCAR. If your work is for sale, please indicate price and contact information.
  • All communication for this exhibit is by e-mail, including notification of acceptance.
  • MEMBERS SUBMITTING MORE THAN ONE ART QUILT SHOULD USE COUPON CODE Entry2, Entry3 and Entry4 during the check-out process (at the time of payment), to avoid being charged for the additional entries.

The maximum number of entries is four, if one or more of the entries is 12 inches x 12 inches. If the entrant submits only pieces that are larger than 12” x 12”, the limit for entries is three. Please submit diptychs and triptychs as one entry. 


The Juror for Conjunction is Martha Wolfe. 

Bio:  Martha Wolfe is a member of Viewpoints 9, an international, invitational, fiber art group, founded in 2012. Based on challenges posed by each artist, we consider unique sources of creative inspiration, sharing our interpretations on a bi-monthly, online blog. The emerging narrative allows opportunities to experiment with new techniques, share each artist’s individual perspective and glimpse their creative process. Viewpoints 9 is an intimate portrait of the feelings and fascinations of the artists transcending language, distance and culture.  Martha is the curator of a Viewpoints 9 exhibit showing at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum opening July 2020. 

When Martha Wolfe started her artist’s journey in the 70’s, she was a printmaker and a maker of “soft sculpture” – as her earliest art quilts were called – but along the way, she was waylaid by the fascinating world of science.  Always attuned to nature and the ocean, being a Marine Toxicologist fit easily into her dreams, providing the opportunity to observe our environment, work to protect it, and share these values with others.

In retrospect, she believes being a scientist helped make her a better artist, and throughout her years in academia she maintained a relationship with art. When the opportunity afforded itself in 2010, she made the commitment to pursue art quilting full time.  Around that time she became an enthusiastic supporter of SAQA. It has given her a venue to share my work throughout the world via exhibitions and publications and been an ongoing source of inspiration and support.

It is a fair leap from academic science to the world of art quilting, but her love of learning bridges the chasm.  She has a passion for the creative and new, in science or art. She is also the secretary of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.   


  • Photos of entries must be submitted online.
  • Images must be in sharp focus.
  • The full image should be on a neutral background with all outside edges of the art quilt visible. DO NOT CROP INTO THE EDGES OF THE ART.
  • Entries should have two images: one overall image and one detail, labeled as such. However, a detail image is optional for your 12” x 12” entries.
  • File format: JPEG or JPG only.
  • File dimensions: 1200 pixels or greater on the longest side.
  • File size: under 5 MB. Larger files will not upload to the online website. 

How to Enter 

  • There is a nonrefundable entry fee of $35.00.
  • Members submitting more than one art quilt must submit a separate application (at no extra cost) for each art quilt. This will allow the juror to consider multiple images of the same art quilt as one entry.
  • MEMBERS SUBMITTING MORE THAN ONE ART QUILT SHOULD USE COUPON CODE Entry2, Entry3 and Entry4 during the check-out process (at the time of payment), to avoid being charged for the additional entries.
  • Entries will be accepted online via the link on the FRCQ Website between February 1 – 29, 2020 (entries close at midnight Mountain Time). FRCQ has changed to the CaFE system for accepting entries. This system is used by arts organizations throughout the United States and Canada. Artists must register with CaFE in advance at There is no cost for registering with CaFE. Once you have registered (that is, created your account), you upload the images you intend to enter. These images will be saved in your portfolio on CaFE and will be available to submit to future exhibits in addition to this one. Once you’ve uploaded your images with the information below, you will be ready to apply to this exhibit.

Special instructions for uploading your full and detail images to your CaFE portfolio: 

  • Artwork Title: Do not include your name in the JPG file names. Make sure your overall and detail images are labeled as such.
  • Medium: (60 character limit).
  • Size (in inches): Height Width Depth, enter Depth as zero for 2-D work.
  • Price/Value.
  • Year completed.
  • Primary discipline (selected from CaFE pull down menu).
  • Description (300 character limit). For this call for entry, use this space to include techniques, the quilter’s name here if not the artist, and the photographer’s name if the image was not photographed by the artist. For uploading your detail images, the “description” should be “detail view of title.” 


  • Entry fee of $35 can be paid by credit card through CaFE.
  • You may also mail a check to:
    • Portfolio entry
    • c/o Mary Louise Gerek
    • 6126 Westchase Road
    • Fort Collins, CO  80528 

Your entry application will not be considered complete until your payment is received. Checks will take longer to confirm payment but will save FRCQ the processing fee.

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For more information:

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Louise Gerek at For technical questions about the on-line system, click on “CAFE HELP” in the top menu bar.