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Artist Statement


Like many artists throughout history, I find it difficult to articulate my feelings in a conventional way. Fabric has given me my voice, allowing me to create colorful, powerful statements about the things that I love, find abhorrent, or am moved by. I am often inspired by women in the news and women I know or imagine, and they are reflected in the strong textures, vibrant colors, and wide variety of fabric and thread that characterize my work.

Experimenting with different techniques is an integral part of my art. I dye, paint, or print many of the fabrics I use, and often incorporate found objects, items discarded as no longer useful that find new life in my quilts.

Working in the art quilt medium allows me to express my innermost feelings about our world, the times we live in, and the human condition. I love making my mark with needle and thread.



Biography

 

 Pat Kumicich holds her City and Guilds Certificates in Patchwork and Quilting from the London Institute of Arts. She has art quilts in private and corporate collections. Her work has appeared in "Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits (Lark Books), “Artists in Their Studios Naples, Florida” by Ruth Dwyer, Patchwork Glide Quilts und Textilkunst, 500 Art Quilts (Lark Books), FiberArts Magazine, Surface Design Journal, N Magazine of Naples, Quilters’ Newsletter Magazine and Fons and Porter’s For the Love of Quilting.

Her art has evolved from traditional to contemporary focusing on social and women’s issues as well as self-portraits. By using a variety of fabrics, threads and techniques, she creates art quilts which are easily recognized by their vibrant colors and rich textures.

Selected international and national exhibitions which have toured Kumicich’s work include "SAQA People and Portraits," “SAQA@20,” “Imagine That!: 2006 The Husqvarna Viking Gallery of Quilt Art,” “Art Takes Shape: 2005 The Husqvarna Viking Gallery of Quilt Art,” “I Remember Mama,” “Expressions: 2006 The Art Quilt,” “Sum of the Parts,” PAQA’s “Water” exhibit and “The Artful Deck.”

In 2010, Kumicich had a solo exhibit of her work at the Carl Schurz Haus, Freiburg, Germany.

Pat lives in southwest Florida with her husband, Richard. She is also a doll maker, painter, and enjoys walking on the beach.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

"Pat Kumicich - I Found My Voice in Fabric", Naples Art Association, Naples FL 2019

Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, FL 2013

"Art is Food for Thought," Carl-Schurz-Haus, Freiburg, Germany, 2010
 

Two Person Show

 "From the Heart," Art by Pamela Larkin Caruso & Pat Kumicich, Artist Studio, Naples, FL, 2015

"Mixed Messages," Ormond Memorial Art Museum, Ormond Beach, FL 2013
 

Trunk Shows

The Artist's Gallery, 760 N. Collier Blvd., Suite 107, Marco Island, FL, 2013

Sarasota Friendship Knot Quilt Guild, Sarasota, FL, 2011

Pelican Bay Women’s Club, Naples, FL, 2010

Embroiderer’s Guild of America, Naples, FL, 2009

Embroiderer’s Guild of America, Sarasota, FL, 2009

American Association of University Women, Naples, FL, 2008


Invitational Exhibitions

 “Deeds Not Words”: The Power of Persistence, Celebrating 100 Years of Women's Suffrage (2020)

"Art for Social Justice," Marco Island Center for the Arts, Marco Island, FL 2019

"Shared Threads Exhibit," Mount Dora Center for the Art, Mount Dora, FL 2017

"Fiber as Art," Marco Island Center for the Arts, Marco Island, FL 2016

"People & Portraits," SAQA traveling exhibition, 2013-2016

“Naples Quilters Guild,” Naples, FL 2013

"Fabulous Fiber", Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI 2012

“Art in Stitches,” Florida Museum for Women Artists, DeLand, FL 2012

"AWE: Award Winning Entries,” LaConner Quilt & Textile Museum, LaConner, WA 2011

“Hanging by a Thread,” Phillips Gallery at Big Arts, Sanibel Island, FL, 2011

“A Stitch in Time: Fiber Art in the 21st Century,” Physician’s Regional, Naples FL, 2010

“Form and Fiber,” Lighthouse Center for the Arts, Tequesta, FL, 2010

“Naples Museum of Art, 14th Annual Artists’ Studio Tour,” Naples, FL, 2009

“Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition 2009,” National Tainan Living Art Center, Tainan City, Taiwan


Selected Exhibitions

2019

"Real People 2019," The Old Courthouse Arts Center, Woodstock, IL 

"Your Choice 2019", Naples Art Association, Naples, FL

"Traces of Red", Naples Art Association, Naples, FL 

"2019 National Juried Exhibition," Arts & Culture Alliance, Knoxville, TN

2018

"7th Annual Juried Art Exhibition," JF Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL

"31st Annual Northern National Art Competition," Rhinelander, WI

"60th Annual Juried Show," Gadsden Art Association, Gadsden, AL

"For the Love of Art," Naples Art Association, Naples, FL

2017

"Telling a Story: Narrative Art," Naples Art Association, Naples, FL

"27th Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show," Stuart, FL 

"Your Choice 2017," Naples Art Association, Naples, FL

"59th Annual Juried Show," Gadsden Art Association, Gadsden, AL

"Knoxville Photo 2017," Arts & Culture Alliance, Knoxville, TN

“GoggleWorks 11th Annual Juried Exhibition” at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA

"Music is My Muse," Naples Art Association, Naples, FL

"Maximizing the Minimum," Naples Art Association, Naples, FL

"Focal Point," Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD

"11th National Juried Exhibition," Arts & Culture Alliance, Knoxville, TN

2016

"Mellow Yellow," Naples Art Association, Naples, FL

"Repurposed Exhibition," Naples Art Association, Naples, FL

"Pirate Contemporary Art Juried Exhibition," Denver, CO

"Your Choice 2016," Naples Art Association, Naples, FL

"Pictures in Process," Naples Art Association, Naples, FL

Maryland Federation of Art "Fiber Arts: Material Options," Annapolis, MD

"58th Annual Juried Show," Gadsden Art Association, Gadsden, AL

Gutfreund Cornett Art exhibition “Social Justice: It Happens to One, It Happens to All” at the St. Mary’s College Museum of Art

"Journey," Naples Art Association, von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL

“GoggleWorks 10th Annual Juried Exhibition” at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA

"A Touch of Purple," Naples Art Association, von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL

"The Engaged Object," Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO

2015

"Selfies," Naples Art Association, von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL

"Stitching Across Alabama 2015," Gadsden Museum of Art, Gadsden, AL

"Real People 2015," The Old Courthouse Art Center, Woodstock, IL

"Multiple Dimensions," The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts, Marco Island, FL

"57th Annual Juried Show," Gadsden Art Association, Gadsden, AL

"Pictures in Process," Naples Art Association, Naples, FL

"Petite Pursuits Exhibition," Naples Art Association, von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL

"Camera USA 2015," Naples Art Association, von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL

"Batesville Area Arts Council 3rd Annual Exhibition," BAAC Gallery, Batesville AR

"Women's Works 2015," The Old Courthouse Art Center, Woodstock, IL

"World Quilt Show - Florida V," Florida Quilt Competition, Palm Beach, FL

"23rd SE Regional Juried Fine Arts Exhibition,” Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, FL

2014

"Pictures in Process," Naples Art Association, Naples, FL

"Real People 2014," The Old Courthouse Art Center, Woodstock, IL

“Northern National Juried Art Competition,” Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI

"56th Annual Juried Show" Gadsden Art Association, Gadsden, AL

“Quilt Odyssey 2014,” Hershey Convention Center, Hershey, PA

"Lancaster County Art Association National Juried Exhibition," Strasburg, PA

"A.R.T. Art Recycled from Trash," Picture This Gallery, Hilton Head Island, SC

"Florida in Fabric II," Ruth Funk Center for Textiles, Melbourne, FL

"Secrets," 2014 Annual Juried Exhibition, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA

"Small Works Exhibition," Naples Art Association, Naples, FL

"Valdosta National 2014," Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA 

"World Quilt Show - Florida V," Florida Quilt Competition, Palm Beach, FL

"22nd SE Regional Juried Fine Arts Exhibition,” Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, FL

2013

"Breaking Through With Color," Naples Art Association, Naples, FL

"Show of Shows," Naples Art Association Naples, FL

“Northern National Juried Art Competition,” Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI

“10th Annual VMRC Juried Art Exhibition,” Park Gables Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA

“45th Annual Exhibition,” Visual Arts Society of Texas, Denton, TX

"Faces and Figures," Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA 

"28th Annual International Exhibition," University of Texas @ Tyler, Tyler, TX

“Incognito 2013,” Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL

Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, FL

Awards & Honors

2019

"Real People 2019," The Old Courthouse Arts Center, Woodstock, IL (Juror Joyce Polance) Gallery Choice

2018

"31st Annual Northern National Art Competition," Rhinelander, WI, (Juror Mark Steven Greenfield) Award of Excellence

"60th Annual Juried Show," Gadsden Art Association, Gadsden, AL (Jurors Gary Chapman and Michael Vaughn Sims) - 1st Place Mixed Media

2017

"Telling a Story: Narrative Art," Naples Art Association, Naples, FL (Juror Kirk Ke Wang) - Honorable Mention

"27th Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show," Stuart, FL (Juror Sharon Lee Hart) - 3rd Place

"59th Annual Juried Show," Gadsden Art Association, Gadsden, AL (Juror Gary Chapman) - 2nd Place Mixed Media

"Focal Point," Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD (Juror Hamidah Glasgow) - Honorable Mention

2016

"Journey," 2016 Planning Alternatives Annual Photo Contest, Bloomfield Hills, MI (Juror Monte Nagler) - 3rd Place

"58th Annual Juried Show," Gadsden Art Association, Gadsden, AL, (Juror Glenn Dasher) - 1st Place Mixed Media

"Pictures in Process," Naples Art Association, Naples, FL - Honorable Mention

2015

"57th Annual Juried Show," Gadsden Art Association, Gadsden, AL, (Juror Allison McElroy) - 1st Place Mixed Media

"Batesville Area Arts Council 3rd Annual Exhibition," BAAC Gallery, Batesville AR - (Juror Delita Martin) - 2nd Place

2014

"Real People 2014," The Old Courthouse Art Center, Woodstock, IL - Gallery Choice 

“Northern National Juried Art Competition,” Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI (Juror Linda Benedict-Jone) - Award of Excellence

"Florida in Fabric II," Ruth Funk Center for Textiles, Melbourne, FL - Director's Choice

"Valdosta National 2014," Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA (Juror Carolyn Henne) - 4th Place 

"World Quilt Show - Florida V," Florida Quilt Competition, Palm Beach, FL- 3rd Place

2013

“Northern National Juried Art Competition,” Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI (juror James Robert Pace) - Patron's Award

“45th Annual Exhibition,” Visual Arts Society of Texas, Denton, TX (Juror James Robert Pace) - 1st Place

"Faces and Figures," Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA (Juror Joseph Di Bella) - 2nd Place   

2012

"SAQA in Florida 2012," Peabody Auditorium, Daytona Beach, FL (Juror Maya Schonenberger) - 2nd Place

"Stitching Across Alabama," Gadsden Museum of Art, Gadsden, AL (Juror Paula Munkacky) - Best Art Quilt

"The Blanche Adams National Juried Art Exhibition 2012," North Easton, MA (Juror Christine Neill) - 3rd Place

"20th SE Regional Juried Fine Arts Exhibition,” Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, FL (Juror Julie Baroody) - Best of Show

“2012 Florida Artists Exhibition”, Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL (Juror Jack King) - Best of Show

2011

“Refuse Repurposed,” Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers, FL (Juror Anica Sturdivant) - Juror’s Choice

“2011 Quilt Festival,” LaConner Quilt & Textile Museum, LaConner, WA - 2nd Place Non-Traditional Mixed Technique

Wichita National All Media Craft Exhibition 2011,” Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS (Juror Chris Staley ) - Honorable Mention

“Northern National Juried Art Competition,” Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI (Juror Dennis Wojtkiewicz) - Donor Award

“Gadsden Art Association 2011 Juried Show,” Gadsden, AL - 1st Place Painting/Mixed Media

“Smoky Mountain Quilt Show,” Maryville College, Knoxville, TN - Honorable Mention

“13th Annual Faces Juried Online International Art Exhibition,” ( Laurence Bradshaw) Special Recognition

“2nd Annual Juried Exhibition,” Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, NC - 2nd Place

2010

“Northern National Juried Art Competition,” Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI (Juror Larry McNeil) - Dori Brown Benefactor Award

“VMRC 7th Annual Juried Art Exhibition,” Park Gables Main Street Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA (Jurors: Diane Banks, Pat Cook, Paul Ryan) - Honorable Mention

“Smoky Mountain Quilt Show,” Maryville College, Knoxville, TN - 2nd Place

“Road to California,” Ontario Convention Center, Ontario, CA - Honorable Mention

2009

“World Quilt Show-Florida,” West Palm Beach, FL - 3rd Place

“48th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition,” Naples, FL (Juror Daniel Stetson) - Award of Excellence

“Quilt Odyssey 2009,” Hershey, PA - Honorable Mention

“2009 International Art Show Part II: Abstract,” Guests Gallery On-Line Exhibit - Honorable Mention

“2009 Northern National Art Competition,” Rhinelander, WI (Juror BettyLaDuke) - Special Merit Award

“6th Annual VMRC Juried Art Exhibition,” Harrisonburg, VA (Jurors: Yuriko Yamaguchi, Robert Stuart, Margot Berman) - Award of Excellence

“National Art Encounter 2009,” Naples, FL (Juror Dahlia Morgan) - Honorable Mention

“41st Annual Spring Exhibition,” Denton, TX (Juror Dan Piersol) - Best of Show 

“29th Annual Smoky Mountain Quilt Show,” Knoxville, TN - 2nd Place 

“Chautauqua National FREEDOM Exhibition,” Richmond, KY - Award of Merit 

“Road to California,” Ontario Convention Center, Ontario, CA - 2nd Place

  

2008

“47th Founders Juried Award Exhibition,” Naples, FL (Juror Ned Rifkin) - Award of Excellence 

“Quilt Odyssey 2008,” 1st Place in Pieced Wall Quilt

“Denver National Quilt Festival III,” Judge’s Choice

“Quilt Show by the Sea,” Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Best of Show  

“Form Not Function 2008,” New Albany, IN - Honorable Mention

2007

“46th Founders Juried Award Exhibition,” Naples, FL (Juror Sam Gilliam) - Award of Excellence

“Sum of the Parts,” Kansas City, MO - Surface Design Award of Excellence

“Conflict/Peace,” Columbia, MD – 3rd Place

“27th Smoky Mountain Guild Show,” Knoxville, TN – Best of Show 

“14th Annual All Florida Fine Art Exhibition,” Delray Beach, FL – Judge’s Recognition Award 

“Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival,” Hampton, VA – Best Use of Color

 

2006

“45th Founders Juried Award Exhibition,” Naples, FL (Juror Faith Ringgold) Grace Lake Founders Award

“Expressions: The Art Quilt,” LaVeta, CO – Judge’s Choice 

“Northern National Art Competition,” Rhinelander, WI, - Benefactor Award 

2005

International Quilt Association “I Remember Mama” – 1st Place 

“Fabric of Legacies, Lincoln Center,” Fort Collins CO – 1st Place 

“Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza” – Best Pictorial 

“Carnegie – Form Not Function” – Award of Merit

  

2004

“Quilt Odyssey 2004,” 2nd Place, Large Quilt Mixed 

“Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival” – Best Use of Embellishments

“International Quilt Association” Small Wonders Exhibit – 3rd Place

  

2003

“Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza” – Best Use of Color

  

2002

“International Quilt Association” – Art Quilts – Honorable Mention
 

Publications

Happenings Art & Entertainment Magazine (2019)

"The Social Justice: It Happens to One, It Happens to All" Catalog (2016)

SAQA Portfolio 23 (2016)

SAQA Portfolio 22 (2015)

SAQA Portfolio 21 (2014)

SAQA Portfolio 20 (2013)

SAQA Portfolio 19 (2012)

SAQA Portfolio 18 (2011)

SAQA Portfolio 17 (2010)

SAQA Portfolio 16 (2009)

SAQA Portfolio 15 (2008)

SAQA Portfolio 14 (2007)

SAQA Portfolio 13 (2006)

SAQA Portfolio 12 (2005)

"Quilters Newsletter" magazine (December/January 2016)

Spotlight Magazine - Bonita/N. Naples & Estero editions - (September 2015)

Art Doll Quarterly, Stampington & Company (May/Jun/Jul 2013)

Art Quilt Portfolio: People & Portraits, Lark Books, (2013)

TIQE'12 Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition 2012 Catalog

HTW Praxis Gesund leben & kreativ gestalten (3/2012)

Lena’s Patchwork & Applikationen (15/2012)

Cloth, Paper, Scissors (November/December 2011)

“Artists in Their Studios” Naples, FL, by Ruth Dwyer (2011)

Patchwork Glide Quilts und Textilkunst (December 2010)

“Unseen” National Juried Exhibition Catalog (2010)

The 25th Annual Tallahassee International Catalog (2010)

SAQA@20 Exhibition Catalog

500 Quilts, Lark Books (2010)

Bonita Living Magazine (Sept./Oct. 2009)

Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition Catalog (2009)

Southern Open Exhibition Catalog (2009)

Visual Arts Society of Texas 41st Annual Exhibition Catalog (2009)

Naples Illustrated (September 2008) 

Naples Journal (March 2008)

Australian Quilters Companion (November/December 2007)

n magazine of naples (November 2007)

Fiberarts (Nov/Dec 2007)

n magazine of naples (August 2007)

n magazine of naples (July 2007)

MasterPieces: Imagine That (2006)

Surface Design Journal – The Gallery Issue (2006)

MasterPieces: Art Takes Shape (2005)

Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine (2005)

Fabric Art Gallery (Leisure Arts Publication 2005)

Fons and Porter’s For the Love of Quilting magazine

McCall’s Quilting magazine

Quilt Art 2006 Engagement Calendar

Quilt Art 2004 Engagement Calendar