Forced to Flee


Throughout history people have been forced to flee from their homes for their own safety and survival due to war, oppression, natural disasters, and atrocious human rights violations. The 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees was adopted to address the increasingly growing numbers of people needing protection with the understanding that effective solutions would require international co-operation. That Convention document continues to influence the measures used today to attempt to address the global challenges arising from the current refugee crisis impacting countries across the globe.

Artists were encouraged to illustrate the issues surrounding the global refugee crises, impacts on families and communities, the stress placed on host countries, and the need for new initiatives, funding, and international cooperation to find solutions to the crisis. Call for Entry Details »

This exhibition will premiere at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts in May 2019.


Juror: Dr. Susan Beryl Marks

Dr. Susan Beryl Marks developed a strong interest in Art and Design History, earning her PhD in Art History from the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom in 2006. Her doctoral thesis explored these divisions by examining contemporary quiltmaking practice which included a comparative study of historical developments in quiltmaking in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Additionally, she has authored numerous essays on a variety of quilt exhibits and quilt related topics which have been published in exhibition catalogs and magazines. Dr. Marks is currently an Associate Fellow of the International Quilt Study Center, where she is curating an online exhibition.

Coordinator: Brenda Gael Smith


Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, Florida: May 25 – August 24, 2019


Please contact us with any inquiries about this exhibition or artwork. 

Selected Artists and Works

Margaret L Abramshe (Utah, USA) - Roadmap
Geneviève Attinger (France) - Missing Migrants
Charlotte Bird (California, USA) - Goodbye My Village
Melani Brewer (Florida, USA) - NEVERMORE
Pamela S Burns (Indiana, USA) - Scorched Earth
Betty Busby (New Mexico, USA) - Mourning Doves
Harriet Cherry Cheney (New York, USA) - "Pogram"
Anne Daughtry (Oregon, USA) - Aleppo
Jennifer Day (New Mexico, USA) - Tengo Hambre - I am Hungry
Gabriele DiTota (Florida, USA) - Will be the Next Day Better
Eileen E Donovan (New York, USA) - Hope For Tomorrow
Catherine A Drummond (Nova Scotia, Canada) - Displaced
Elizabeth Michellod-Dutheil (Switzerland) - Diaspora
Jim Hay (Japan) - REFUGE or REFUSE offer sanctuary or discard as trash91
Sandra E Lauterbach  (California, USA) - From Generation to Generation
Eunhee Lee (South Korea) - They are also us.
Uta Lenk (N/A, Germany) - Everyone has the right (text messages 19)
Kathleen Loomis (Kentucky, USA) - Tired and Poor
Cathy Miranker (California, USA) - Liberty Deconstructed/Reconstructed
Marie Mitchell (Australia ) - Walking the Refugee Road: Forced to Flee
Hildegard Mueller (Germany) - Stumbling blocks
Mary Palmer (Ireland) - Prayer
Claire Passmore (United Kingdom) - The Lucky Ones?
Maya Schonenberger (Florida, USA) - Armenian Diaspora
Christine Seager (United Kingdom) - Chana's Quilt
Sara Sharp (Texas, USA) - Fleeing From Drought
Paula J Swett (Pennsylvania, USA) - NO FIXED ADDRESS
Jo Thomas (New York, USA) - Pakistani Boy Behind Barbed Wire
Karin  Tӓuber (Virginia, USA) - Life Jacket Graveyard of Lesvos
Christine Vinh (Virginia, USA) - Forty Years After the Zero Years
Carol J Vinick (Connecticut, USA) - Amnesty
Diane E Wespiser (Massachusetts, USA) - Wanted - A Home
Sabi Westoby (United Kingdom) - Page 27 - Exodus 1
Grace H Wever (Alabama, USA) - Firestorm
Isabelle Wiessler (Germany) - Mare Dolorosso
Diane M Wright (Connecticut, USA) - Emu Camps



All notifications were sent via email on December 2. Accepted artists will receive contracts by December 8.