Therese May has been a leader in the creation and development of art quilting, recognized worldwide as a guiding light in the movement and one of its most inspiring advocates. Honored as both artist and teacher, she has been chosen to exhibit her works at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and at the Louvre in Paris, France.
Among Therese’s many awards are the Most Innovative Use of Medium award in Quilt National ’85 and the Quilts Japan Prize in Quilt National ’95. Her work is
What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?
It was wonderful and unexpected! And it was very validating and allowed me to be more aware of my own value as an artist in the community. When meeting other artists, I saw how meaningful we are as a group.
What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?
At the time of my award, I was making quilts and paint-writing affirmative words over the surface of the pieces. Since then my art has evolved into working with drawings, having them enlarged and printed onto fabric and then doing extensive quilt stitching over the surface plus some painting for finishing touches. I'm also working on some writing and teaching projects. Go here to see my work: http://www.theresemay.com/Pages/recentwork.html
What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?
Listen to your heart to find out what is really the authentic art for you to be doing and then never give up on yourself.
Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?
dynamic, inspiring, available to all.
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