ABOUT THE JURORS
For 28 years, Lewis Knauss was a professor of textiles at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. He retired from teaching as Professor Emeritus in 2010. Mr. Knauss has received numerous fellowships from both the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and was recognized with the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award in 2007. Knauss’ work can be found in several private and museum collections, including those of Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum.
Amy Orr previously served as Director of FiberPhiladelphia 2012 and as an adjunct professor at Moore College of Art and Design. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel, a Master of Arts in Education from the University of the Arts, and a Master of Fine Arts in Fibers/Crafts from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.
Ms. Orr’s work has been featured in trade publications including Fiber Arts, Cloth Paper Scissors, Japan’s Patchwork Quilt Tsushin, and Surface Design Journal. Exhibitions include a solo show, Plastic Culture at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, SOFA, International Exposition of Sculptural Object and Functional Art in New York, the 7th International Fiber Biennial at Snyderman-Works Gallery in Philadelphia, and Alternative Quilt at the Houston Center For Contemporary Craft.
Robin Schwalb is a New York City native who explores the rich variety of the written word in her graphically compelling quilts and fabric collages. Ms. Schwalb studied painting at the State University of New York at Binghamton, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in 1974 and has worked as an archivist and media tech at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for more than thirty years. Her quilts have been widely shown in both juried and invitational exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Japan, including Outside/Inside the Box (2012), Crossing Lines: The Many Faces of Fiber (2011), Talking Quilts (2004), and Quilt National ’87 – ’97, ’01, ’05, ’07, and ’13. Her work also has appeared in numerous publications, including The Art Quilt by Robert Shaw, American Craft, The New York Times, Canadian Surfacing Journal, FiberArts, The Detroit News, and Patchwork Quilt Tsushin,and is represented in the collections of the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan, the Visions Art Museum in San Diego, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum as well as in corporate and private collections, including the John M. Walsh III Collection of Contemporary Art Quilts. Schwalb was awarded a grant by the Empire State Crafts Alliance in 1989 and received the Quilts Japan Prize at Quilt National ’05, which was awarded by Japanese publisher Nihon Vogue. The grant allowed Ms. Schwalb to visit and teach a workshop in Japan. The experience of traveling to Japan resulted in several quilts, as had earlier trips to China and Russia.