Meet Your Representative Maria Shell

Since the making of my first patchwork quilt in the fall of 2001 at a little quilt shop in Valdez, Alaska, I have embraced the joy, challenge, and skill involved in the making of stitched art. My work is grounded in the tradition and craft of American quilt making. I am always working at manipulating the classical components of a traditional bedquilt with the hope of creating surprising combinations of pattern, repetition, and color for the viewer. 

I am the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation 2011 Winter Award, a Rasmuson Foundation Project Award in 2009, and a Rasmuson Fellowship in 2013. In 2012, I was one of 44 artists from the Northwest invited to participate in the Bellevue Arts Museum’s Biennial High Fiber Diet. Last June, I was a featured artist for the Surface Design Association’s International Conference held in San Antonio, Texas. This fall as part of the Rasmuson Foundation’s Residency program, I will be traveling to Charlotte, North Carolina for a two month residency at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation.

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50" x 50"