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Before submitting, be sure to read the full prospectus in its entirety HERE.

QUILT NATIONAL '21 is the twenty-second in the series of international juried competitions dedicated to promoting the contemporary quilt by serving as a showcase for NEW work (completed after September 1, 2018) that provides the viewer with an appreciation of the variety of techniques and innovative trends in the medium of layered and stitched fabric. The jurors will select works that represent unique approaches to the medium and demonstrate the breadth and variation of contemporary expressions. Visitors to Quilt National ’21 will see the time honored traditions are thriving and are being expressed in new forms as today’s artists rise to meet the challenges of new techniques and materials.

JUDGING CRITERIA Work will be judged on originality, design, technique, and craftsmanship. Jurors will select no more than one work by an artist. Preliminary acceptance will be granted on the basis of the digital image submission. Final acceptance will be granted after a jurors’ representative has examined the work itself. Approximately 85 works will be selected for display at The Dairy Barn Arts Center from May 28, 2021— September 6, 2021. The judging will be done by a “blind jury” process, meaning the jury members will be given no identifying information as to the artist’s name, location, or any other personal identifying information. 


  • The work must possess the basic structural characteristics of a quilt. It must be predominately fabric or fabric-like material and MUST be composed of at least two full and distinct layers – a face layer and a backing layer. 
  • The face layer may be described by any or a combination of the following terms: pieced, appliquéd, whole cloth, stitched/fused to a foundation
  • The face and backing layers must be held together by hand or machine-made functional quilting stitches or other elements that pierce all layers and are distributed throughout the surface of the work.
  • At least some of these stitches or elements should be visible on the back of the work.
  • As an alternative, the work may be a modular construction (an assemblage of smaller quilts). Each individual module, however, must meet the above structural criteria. 

AUTHORSHIP All work must be the result of independent effort unless the work is a collaboration between multiple artists. If work is collaborative, all collaborators must be listed on submission form. Collaborative pieces can only be submitted once, by one artist. Anyone who has artistic and/or intellectual say in the design and/or conception of this quilt is considered a collaborator. Artist(s) must be 18 years or older. Work cannot be created for or the product of an instructional setting in which another artist or teacher has provided guidance. The work must be an original design, not a copy or a variation on the original design of another artist working in any medium.  

 DATE All entries must be NEW work – completed on or after September 1, 2018. The recent modification of an older or previously dated work DOES NOT make the work eligible unless the artist can provide significant documentation of differences between the original and revised versions of the piece. 

PUBLIC EXHIBITION OF ARTWORK Failure to provide an accepted work for this exhibit will result in the artist’s being ineligible for the following Quilt National competition. This policy ensures that exhibit space will be granted to artists who will, without doubt, make the work available for exhibition. 

Artwork that will have appeared prior to May, 2021 in any local, regional, national or international exhibition including but not limited to group, solo, curated, invitational, and juried exhibitions are not eligible for Quilt National '21.

TOURING EXHIBITION Selected works from Quilt National ’21 will circulate to host venues across the country from September 2021 through December 2023. Decisions concerning the composition of the touring exhibit will be based, in part, on the availability and physical characteristics of the piece. Although participation in the touring exhibition is optional, it is expected that all award winning works will be available to circulate for the full length of the tour. The itineraries for the Quilt National touring collections, as well as information about Quilt National’s history, can be found on the Dairy Barn website at dairybarn.org 


The following artworks are not eligible: 

  • Any quilt that will have appeared prior to May, 2021 in any local, regional, national or international exhibition including but not limited to group, solo, curated, invitational, and juried exhibitions, regardless of attendance or size of exhibition.
  • Any quilt that will have appeared prior to May 2021 in an American print publication that has national or international distribution; this restriction includes SAQA publications.
  • The vertical or the horizontal dimension of any single piece or group of pieces exceed 100 inches (254 centimeters).
  • Any quilt that was completed prior to September 2018
  • Any quilt that does not meet the structural requirements of a quilt as stated in the prospectus
  • Any quilt created in an instructional setting or under the guidance of another artist
  • Any quilt that is a copy or variation of another artist’s work
  • Any quilt that is not an independent effort, unless collaborator(s) is listed. 

ENTRY FEE A non-refundable entry fee of $45.00 (forty-five US dollars) will accompany the entry submission. This fee includes the entry fee and the online submission of the full view and detail image of up to three quilts. Each artist will pay the entry fee once to submit up to three works. $2.50 service fee will be applied.

DEADLINE Submission must be received by September 9, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. 

NOTIFICATION Artists granted preliminary, conditional acceptance will be notified within two weeks following the jury process. 

INSURANCE The Dairy Barn Arts Center (DBAC) cannot insure any work for an amount in excess of 65% of its fair market value, and reserves the right to limit the amount of insurance coverage on a particular piece. In the event of loss or damage, it will be the artist’s responsibility to provide documentation concerning the value of the work and the extent of the claim. Insurance values listed on the entry form will be in effect for as long as the work is part of the Quilt National ’21 exhibit, including tour.

SALES Artists whose work is not for sale (NFS) must write NFS and must list a valid insurance value in US dollars. A work identified on this form as FOR SALE (e.g. with an established retail price in US dollars) must maintain that status for as long as it is part of the active Quilt National ’21 collection. In the event of a sale, the artist will be paid 65% of the retail price listed on this form. DBAC will retain a 35% commission on work sold during the exhibition at DBAC, while on tour or on any sale that results from mediation by DBAC staff. Should the artist decide to sell a FOR SALE work directly or through a third party after it has been accepted for Quilt National ’21 or while it is part of the Quilt National ’21 exhibition or tour, it will be assumed that the buyer has been influenced by the fact that it is part of Quilt National ’21. Therefore, the DBAC will be entitled to a fee of 35% of the retail price listed on this entry form. Liability for all taxes associated with income from the sale of artwork or from an award is the sole responsibility of the artist. In the instance of sale or award, the artist must provide The Dairy Barn with appropriate personal information for tax reporting. Should an accepted work be sold prior to the exhibition, it will be the artist’s responsibility to guarantee that the new owner will make the work available for the May 28, 2021 – September 6, 2021 display at DBAC. 

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