The 39th Annual “Quilts=Art=Quilts” exhibition is currently on display at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn. But someone unfamiliar with fiber arts would be surprised by the quilts’ appearance. These are art quilts, a genre of quilts designed to hang on walls instead of covering beds.

“This is one of the art center’s signature exhibits,” said Schweinfurth Executive Director Donna Lamb. “Our jurors did a fantastic job in selecting quilts that represent the best of contemporary art quilts and shows the diverse styles,subjects, and techniques employed by many of the top quilters in this country and beyond.”

While most of the quilts were made by U.S. artists, six pieces are by international artists who hail from Australia, Canada, England, and South Korea. Jurors for the exhibition were Claire Benn, one of the United Kingdom’s leading mixed media and textile artists, and Petra Fallaux, a Dutch native who creates and teaches textile arts, writes, and curates textile exhibitions.

“I’ve observed more political content from artists working with quilting as their medium in the United States,” Benn said.In fact,several pieces in QAQ 2019 have political messages.

Shannon Conley from Moore,OK, submitted a piece, “Listen Louder than You Sing,” that features a dark background with the words, My American experience is not all American experiences.“What do I want to say? That climate change is real and we need to take responsibility for it?That immigrant rights are human rights? That feminism isn't a dirty word? Yes, yes, yes,”Conley said in her artist statement.