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ABOUT MELINDA

Artists Statement

The places in the US that I love the most (New Mexico, New Orleans, DC area) all have several different cultures co-existing, lending enrichment and excitement to those communities. Each culture has distinct customs, music, art, and textiles, but come together to form a community.

I am intrigued by the interactions that occur between cultures, each borrowing from the other those customs or design elements that integrate well with their own.

My most recent work explores that interaction by combining a wide variety of types, textures and patterns of fabrics along with surface design techniques (thread, beads, stamping, etc.) in separate works that are joined together into a unified work.

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Biography

Melinda Lowy is a native of Billings, Montana and has her Master’s degree in zoology/paleobiology. She resides in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband and two cats. She is retired after a career at a non-profit scientific society, where she manages various undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and continuing education programs. She is a national award-winning quilter and is actively involved in art quilt and critique groups. She previously served on the Surface Design Association Board as Treasurer and Chair of the Website Committee.

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Resume: Exhibits

2017
With These Hands, Quilt Surface Design Symposiu (QSDS) Invitational Exhibit, Richard M. Ross Art Museum, Delaware, OH
Maryland Quilts.
Maryland State Courthouse, Greenbelt, MD

2012
Contemporary Fiber Works, The Ratner Museum, Bethesda, MD
Celebrating Our Past.
Quilt Surface Design Symposium (QSDS) Invitational Exhibit,
     Richard M. Ross Art Museum, Delaware, OH
Cloth & Chocolate Group Exhibit, Friendship Heights Community Center,
     Friendship Heights, MD

2011
Cloth & Chocolate Group Exhibit, Friendship Heights Community Center,
     Friendship Heights, MD
Baltimore Album Review II: Baltimore's Daughters, International Quilt Festival,
    
Long Beach, CA
Baltimore Album Review II: Baltimore's Daughters,
International Quilt Festival,
    
Chicago, IL

2010
Baltimore Album Review II: Baltimore's Daughters, International Quilt Festival,
    
Houston, TX
The Quilted Surface VI, Ross Art Museum, Delaware, Ohio
Cloth & Chocolate
Group Exhibit, Friendship Heights Community Center,
     Friendship Heights, MD

Tribute to Fiber Art,
BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD  
Creative Threads: From Fiber to Fine Art,
Popcorn Gallery, Glen Echo Park, MD
Cloth & Chocolate Exhibit
(cont'd), Brookside Gardens, Silver Spring, MD

2009
Cloth & Chocolate Exhibit, Brookside Gardens, Silver Spring, MD
Surface Matters, Surface Design Association, Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, KS
Meet SAQA's Artists, Studio Art Quilt Associates Traveling Show
Cloth & Chocolate Group Exhibit, Friendship Heights Community Center,
     Friendship Heights, MD
Inspired by the Fabric Invitational Exhibit of Quilt Surface Design Symposium DC Area,
    Quilters Heritage Celebration, Lancaster, PA

2008
"A Stitch in Vine," US Botanic Garden, Washington, DC
Cloth & Chocolate
Group Exhibit, Friendship Heights Community Center,
    Friendship Heights, MD
Cloth & Chocolate Group Exhibit, Federation of American Societies for Experimental
    Biology, Bethesda, MD

2006
“Fiber’s Finest,” juried show of Fiber Art Study Group of Washington, DC, C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, Cumberland, MD

“I Saw It – I Bought It – I Made It!” Invitational exhibit of Quilt Surface Design Symposium DC Area,” Quilters' Heritage Celebration, Lancaster, PA
Cloth and Chocolate Group Exhibit, Goodwin House, Alexandra, VA

2005
Creative Crafts Council Biennial Show, Bethesda, MD

2003
Cloth and Chocolate Group Exhibit, Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, MD
“Lunar Fish and a Gecko,” Invitational Exhibit, NJ Quilt Convention, Edison, NJ
Gallery Exhibit, George Washington Breast Cancer Center, Washington, DC

2002
Gallery Exhibit, George Washington Breast Cancer Center, Washington, DC
“Art Quilts: Encrustations” Exhibit, Page-Walker Gallery, Cary, NC
“Art Quilts: Encrustations” Invitational Exhibit, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX

2001
Cloth and Chocolate Group Exhibit, Gaithersburg City Hall Gallery, Gaithersburg, MD
“Crazy Quilts” Invitational Exhibit, Quilter’s Heritage Celebration, Lancaster, PA

2000
“Sweet Dreams” Invitational Challenge, Children’s Inn, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

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Resume: Published Work

2012
Selected Image for Show Postcard,Celebrating Our Past. 2012 QSDS Invitational Exhibit, Ross Art Museum

2002
American Quilter’s Society Wall Calendar

2001
Fall issue, American Quilter Magazine
American Quilter’s Society video, 2001 Quilt Show and Contest

2000
More Snippet Sensations by Cindy Walters

1999
Maryland Quilts video, MPT On Location Magazine, Maryland Public Television
Selected Recognition

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Resume: Selected Awards

2006
Best Quilt in Show - Deco Album, Southern Maryland Quilt and Needlework Show, Sotterley

2002
“American Quilters Society 2001 Winning Quilts Exhibit,” - Still Crazy After All These Ties,Tokyo Quilt Show, Tokyo, Japan

2001
3rd place, Mixed Techniques category - Still Crazy After All These Ties, American Quilter’s Society Show, Paducah, KY

2000
Best Quilt in Show- Still Crazy After All These Ties, Southern Maryland Quilt and Needlework Show, Sotterley
Honorable Mention, Other Techniques category- Still Crazy After All These Ties, Quilter’s Heritage Celebration, Lancaster, PA

1999
Mountain Mist Best of Show Award; Annapolis Quilt Guild Best of Show Award; Southern Comforts Best of Show Award; Best of Show and Grand Champion- Still Crazy After All These Ties, Maryland State Fair, Timonium, MD

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