SHORT BIO OF CAROL TAYLOR

234 Railroad Mills Road

Pittsford ,  New York  14534

(585) 381-4425 

email: ctquilts@rochester.rr.com 

website: http://www.caroltaylorquilts.com  

 

Internationally known, award-winning quilt artist, Carol Taylor, approaches her quilt making with intensity and a seemingly boundless energy. Vibrant colors, striking contrasts, use of value, as well as heavy machine quilting and embroidery distinguish Carol’s quilts. She has created over 500 quilts since she began quilting in 1993. She also serves on the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) board of directors.

 

Carol has won six “Best of Show” awards in her career…with six different quilts!  Carol’s quilt, “Dispersion”, won Best of Show at Quilts for Change in August 2006.  “Sedona: Red Rocks & Blue Skies” was awarded Best Of Show at Form Not Function 2005 by Arturo Sandoval and her quilt Tonality was awarded Best of Show out of 1100 entries at Craft USA 2002 at the Silvermine Gallery in Connecticut by Holly Hotchner, Director of the Museum of Arts and Design. She won another Best of Show in 2004 when her quilt, “Tapestry”, won at the Anderson Arts Center in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In 2003, her quilt, “Interwoven”, won her 3rd Best of Show at Quilts=Art=Quilts in NY and her original Best of Show was for “Glimpse of the Grotto” at Made in NY 1999.

 

Jurors for the international exhibit, Quilt National, selected Carol’s quilt, “Abundance”, for the 2009 edition of this “best of contemporary quilts” showcase. Quilt National 2001 and 1999 also featured Carol’s quilts, “Vibrations” & “Shattered” which traveled with the show for two years. She was also one of 35 artists to be juried into Visions 2004 in California.  In May 2001, the Museum of Art and Design in New York City acquired Carol’s quilt, “Reverberations”, for their permanent collection and their “Six Continents of Quilts” exhibition. Other honors for Carol include the selection of her work for the Smithsonian’s “Following the Thread” exhibit in 2002, and the mixed media exhibitions, Crafts National 2000-2006, (2 Juror’s Awards), Materials: Hard and Soft 2003-2008, and the 24th Annual Contemporary Crafts Exhibit in Mesa Arizona, 2002, where she won a Juror’s Award, Art Quilt Elements 2008, Craft Forms 2009, Handcrafted 2004, and Gross McCleaf Gallery’s Contemporary Quilts 2003 & 2004, and the Boston Fine Arts Show 2006. Her quilt, “Cymbalism”, was one of fifteen selected for the Museum of American Folk Art’s exhibition, which toured from 2001-2003.

 

Carol has also won a myriad of awards at quilt shows, including an amazing 33 major prizes in 2006-2008, and 39 in 2004 & 2005.  This includes a number of first prizes and awards for the Best Wall Quilt, Best Use of Color, Best Embellishment, and Best Threadwork at the American Quilters’ Society in Paducah KY, the International Quilt Association in Houston, TX, and many other gallery shows.

 

A teacher by degree, & outgoing by nature, she has been a sales recruiter "headhunter”) for 22 years but closed her business in October 2003 to teach quilting internationally. Her 14 workshops are said to be “fun, motivational, & non-threatening.” Carol delights in using hand-dyed fabrics in her abstract, motif-driven designs, accented by the use of value. Her art quilts grace the walls of hospitals & businesses as well as many private collectors. Gallery inquiries, & exhibition opportunities are welcomed. Purchase information available by contacting the artist.

 

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Behind Closed Doors in Carol's Studio