Lura Schwarz Smith, Fabric Artist
Spinning Daydreams
Biography

Lura Schwarz Smith Lura Schwarz Smith, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from San Francisco State University, has been producing textile art for over 30 years. Before that, she was making very bad traditional bed quilts with her first quilting partner, her mother, starting in the 1960s. Originally showing in galleries in the 70s and 80s, for the past years she has been showing quilts and receiving awards at regional, national, and international quilt shows. Several highlights of her career in the quilt world over the past decade are that one of her quilts was named one of the "100 Best American Quilts of the 20th Century," and she was included in the "30 Distinguished Quilt Artists of the World" exhibit at the first Tokyo Dome quilt show in 2002.

She is a member of various quilting and art quilt groups such as Studio Art Quilt Associates (professional member) and the California Fiber Artists. The California Fiber Artists is a group geared more toward gallery and museum shows and sales. Currently, like many artists and quilters, she is working on redoing her juggling act of family, teaching and travel, to manage more time in the studio.


Selected Group Exhibitions

Quilt National 2011, Athens, OH
Bakersfield Museum of Art, "Fiber Optics," 2011
"Quilt Visions 2010, No Boundaries" Oceanside Museum of Art
Creative Force 2010, IQF Houston, Long Beach, Other Venues
Q=A=Q 2010, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY
"Quilt Visions 2008: Contemporary Expressions" Oceanside Museum of Art
"Bridging Miles and Styles" 2-person exhibit, Greater Chicago Quilt Expo III, 2008
International Quilt Festival, juried show, Houston, TX – 2007
Taku Gallery, Finland – 2007
Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL – 2007
Translations Gallery, Denver, CO – 2007
Alameda Art Center, Alameda, CA – 2005
Auburn Art Center, Auburn, CA – 2005
Pacific International Quilt Festival, "In the Abstract" – 2005
International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX – 2006, 04, 03, 99, 98, 96
Yosemite Western Artists Tri-County Art Show, Oakhurst, CA – 2006
"30 Distinguished Quilt Artists of the World," Tokyo Dome, Japan – 2002
Quilt Expo Europa – 2001, 2000, 1996, 1990
"100 Best American Quilts of the 20th Century," Houston, TX – 1999



Solo Exhibitions

"Imagery & Imagination" La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, La Conner, WA 2010
"From Camera to Quilt" Special Exhibit with Kerby Smith, PIQF 2010
"High Desert Gallery," Sisters, OR, July 09
Three Sisters Café, Oakhurst, CA – 2007
"Best of the Valley" exhibit, Tulare, CA – 2007
"Women in Harmony" 3-artist show, Arts Visalia, Visalia, CA – 2006
Elizabeth Fortner Gallery, solo show, Santa Barbara, CA – 1980



Selected Publications and Awards

"Secrets of Digital Quilting, From Camera to Quilt," w/Kerby Smith 2010
1st Place Mixed Media "Nudes/Nov." Sorenson Studios, Fresno, CA 2010
"The Quilt Show" with Alex & Ricky, Episode #702, 2010
2nd Place Mixed Media, "Nudes/Nov." Sorensen Studios, Fresno, CA 2008
1st Place Mixed Media, "Nudes/Nov." Sorenson Studios, Fresno, 2007
"Innovative Fabric Imagery: A Digital Exploration in Quilting" C&T Pubs. 2007
American Quilter Magazine – Summer 2007, Summer 2006
1st Place Mixed Media, "Nudes in November" – Fresno, CA 2005
American Style Magazine – Feb. 2005
"Simply Quilts" HGTV, episode #1016 – 2004
Best of Show, Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA – 2002
2nd Place Large Art, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX – 2001
Best of Show, "Quilts Crossing Boundaries" Quilt Expo VII, France – 2000
Best of Show, "Artistic Expressions" Quilt Expo V, France – 1996
2nd Place "Quilt a Modern Fairy Tale" Quilt Expo II, Denmark – 1990
Contemporary Quilting – 2005
Quilter's Newsletter Magazine – 2004, 00, 99, 98, 96 etc.
"A Century of Quilts: America in Cloth" PBS Home Video – 2001
Online video excerpt on PBS www.pbs.org/quilts, bonus section – 2001
Great American Quilts – 2000
20th Century's Best American Quilts – 1999



Commissions and Private Collections

California, Arizona, Washington, Florida, England



Curriculum Vitae

Lura Schwarz Smith

Contact Information
P.O. Box 649
Coarsegold, CA 93614
USA

Phone: 559-683-6899
Fax: 559-683-3061
Email: lura@lura-art.com
Website: www.lura-art.com

Personal
1952
Place of Birth: Santa Rosa, CA
Citizenship: USA
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Kerby C. Smith
Children: Two

Education
High School: Dean’s List, Montgomery High, Santa Rosa, CA, 1970
University: Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude, Art Major, Emphasis painting and drawing, San Francisco State University, 1975
Studied painting with Craig Antrim, California artist, 1981-82

Employment History
Textile Artist 1975 to present
Art Quilt Instructor: Workshops and presentations for quilt groups from 1997 to present
Leader of the volunteer community project of the US section (18’ x 25’) of world’s largest quilt, “The Mandala 21st Century Project,” a quilt 50x70 meters, Dec 01-Jan 2002
Conferences: Empty Spools at Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 
Art Quilt Tahoe, Squaw Valley, CA: 2006, 2007, 2008 
Canadian Rockies Quilt Art Conference, Canmore, Alberta: 2008 
Quilting By the Lake, Auburn, NY: 2008

Awards
1st Place Mixed Media, “Nudes in November” Fresno, CA, 2007
3rd Place Yosemite Western Artists Tri-County Show, Oakhurst, CA, 2006
1st Place Mixed Media, “Nudes in November” Fresno, CA, 2005
Best of Show, Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA, 2002
2nd Place Large Art, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, 2001
Best of Show, “Quilts Crossing Boundaries” Quilt Expo VII, France, 2000
1st Place Wall Art, Road to California, Ontario, CA, 1999
Honorable Mention, Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA, 1998
Honorable Mention, Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA, 1997
Best of Show, “Artistic Expressions” Quilt Expo V, France, 1996
1st Place Sierra Mountain Quilters Assn. Show, Oakhurst, CA, 1995
1st Place Sierra Mountain Quilters Assn. Show, Oakhurst, CA, 1991
2nd Place “Quilt a Modern Fairy Tale” Quilt Expo II, Denmark, 1990
Best Scrimshaw Display, Los Angeles Knife Show, March 1984
Best Scrimshaw Display, Los Angeles Knife Show, Sept. 1984
Outstanding Scrimshaw Display, Los Angeles Knife Show, Sept. 1982

Invitational Exhibits and Shows
Quilt Visions, Oceanside, CA, 2008
Taku Gallery, Finland, 2007
Translations Gallery, Denver, CO, 2007
Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL, 2007
Best of the Valley Quilt Show special exhibit, Tulare, CA, 2007
Three Sisters Café and Gallery, Oakhurst, CA, 2007
Yosemite Western Artists Tri-County Art Show, Oakhurst, CA, 2006
Coastal Arts League Gallery, Half Moon Bay, CA, 2006
Los Gatos Museum of Art, Los Gatos, CA, 2006
Alameda Art Center, Alameda, CA, 2005
Auburn Art Center, Auburn, CA, 2005
“In the Abstract” Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA, 2005
Williams Gallery West, Oakhurst, CA, 2005
“Nudes in November” Chris Sorensen Studio, Fresno, CA, 2005
“Women in Harmony” (3 Artist Show) Arts Visalia, CA, 2006
Williams Gallery West, Oakhurst, CA Oct – Nov., 2004
“World Wide Winners” International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, 2003
“30 Distinguished Quilt Artists of the World” International Quilt Festival, Tokyo, Japan, 2002
“Living by the Water” Moenchengladbach, Germany, 2002
“100 Best American Quilts of the 20th Century” International Quilt Festival, Houston, 1999
AQS Show and Contest, Paducah, KY 2003, 1998
World Quilt Show 2000, 1999, 1998
Pacific International Quilt Festival 2002, 1998, 1997, 1995
Quilt Week Yokohama, Japan, 1996
“Pictorial Quilts Exhibit” Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT, 1993
“Wood, Cloth, Clay” (3 artist exhibit) A Singular Place, Sta. Monica, CA, 1981
“Fabric Wall Pieces by Lura Schwarz” Elizabeth Fortner Gallery solo show, Santa Barbara, CA, 1980

Publications
SAQA Journal, p. 16, Spring 2008
“Innovative Fabric Imagery” by Rymer and Koolish, p. 66, 2007
American Quilter Magazine, pp. 10, 14, 68-69, Summer 2007
American Quilter Magazine, cover story, pp. 38-42, Summer 2006
$100,000 Quilting Challenge, Premier Issue, pp. 60-63, 2006
“Contemporary Quilting” by Waller & Graves, p. 130, 2005
American Style Magazine, February, pp. 18-20, 2005
“Craft to Heal” by Nancy Monson, cover, p. 88, 2005
Valley View Magazine, pp. 17-18, Fall 2005
Jigsaw puzzle of quilt image produced by Ceaco Puzzle Co. 2004-2007
Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, April 2004 (& 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996 etc.)
Weaving New Rhythms Rubicon Press Fiberarts Diary: February 2003
The Quilting Quarterly, NQA pubs, p. 23, Summer 2003
The Quintessential Quilt, IQF Houston Festival catalog, p. 52, 2002
“30 Distinguished Quilt Artists of the World” pp. 79-81,101, 104-05, 2002
Merced Sun-Star Newspaper, front page Neighbors section, Mar. 14, 2002
Rubber Stampin’ Magazine, p. 41, May/June 2001
Great American Quilts 2000, Oxmoor House, 2000
20th Century’s Best American Quilts, Primedia, 1999
The Quintessential Quilt, IQF Houston Festival catalog, p. 13, 1999
Sierra Star Newspaper, p. A-1, A-9, Aug. 13, 1999
“Imagery on Fabric” second updated edition, Jean Ray Laury, pp.10, 13
“Imagery on Fabric” by Jean Ray Laury, pp. 54, 70-71, 106, 1997
International Quilting Times Magazine, UK, p. 13, Spring 1997
Los Angeles Times/O.C. edition, pp. N-1, N-3, May 31, 1997
Sierra Star newspaper, p. 11, May 29, 1997
Houston Chronicle, large color photo front page Arts section, Nov. 2, 1996
Popular Patchwork Magazine, UK, p. 67, July/Aug. 1996
IQF Quilt Market Buyer’s Guide magazine, pp. 42-43, 1996
“Faces & Places” by Charlotte Warr Andersen, pp. 47, 115, 118, 1995
“Contemporary Pictorial Quilts” by W. Lavitt, pp. 10-11, 18-19, 1993
Lady’s Circle Patchwork Quilts Magazine, pp. 17, 26, Aug. 1992
“The Second Scrimshaw Connection” by Engnath, pp. 133, 136, 1985
American Craft Magazine, p. 70, Oct./Nov. 1980
ArtWeek, Volume 9, # 27, p. 5, 1978

Television and Video
“The Great American Quilt Revival” video, Bonesteel Films, 2005
“Simply Quilts” HGTV, episode #1016, originally aired July, 2004
“Snapshots to Art Quilts” Workshops To Go DVD, Jukebox Quilts, 2004
“Faces in Fabric” Workshops To Go DVD, Jukebox Quilts, 2003
“A Century of Quilts: America in Cloth” PBS Home Video, 2001
Online video excerpt on PBS www.pbs.org/quilts, bonus section 2001 – present
“Sew Creative” with Karen O’Dowd #801, 1996
Houston Network Evening News, Nov. 2, 1996
“Lap Quilting with Georgia Bonesteel” taped in Lyons, France, 1996

Books
Written and Illustrated:
“The Cradle That Grandpa Built,” Galloping Rabbit Press, 1997
Illustrated:
“A Quilted Legacy” by David Freligh, 2001
“The Singing Baby” series by Mary Schunemann, 2000-2005
“A Racing Up the Sky” by Bellows and Smith, 1998
“Fostering Children’s Social Competence” by Katz and McClellan, cover, 1997
“The Laughing Baby” by Anne Scott, 1987
“Transformation Through Birth” by Panuthos, cover, 1984
“Group Games in Early Childhood” by Kamii, cover, 1980

Magazine Illustration
Hopscotch for Girls Magazine, pp. 34-35, Feb. 1996
“Young Children” Journal for the Nat’l Assn. for the Education of Young Children, series of illustrated articles 1990-1996
MacGuide Magazine, p. 48, 1987

 Professional Memberships
Studio Art Quilts Associates, Professional Member
California Fiber Artists
International Quilt Association
American Quilters Society
Alliance for the American Quilt
Sierra Mountain Quilters Association
Vision Academy of the Arts
Yosemite Western Artists
 
Interests
Art, books, rocks, travel and wordplay.










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