Critique workshop at the 2014 Houston International Quilt Festival: quilt by Katharine Stubbs Ward, Desert Strata (photo by Cookie Shuffleton)

Critiquing Contemporary Quilt Art--Critique workshop (maximum of six quilts per two-hour session). For this workshop you may bring one completed quilt or (even better) a work in progress. Please be prepared to give a brief explanation of what you hope to accomplish in the quilt. Then, in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, we will closely examine several aspects of each quilt, critiquing it as a piece of contemporary art within the quilt mode. Each critique lasts 15 to 20 minutes, and is shared with your group. The usual fee for a quilt art critique session alone is $240, plus travel expenses.

I am also conducting digital GROUP PORTFOLIO REVIEWS for guilds or other organizations that wish to have a group of studio quilts selected as representative examples of their best quilt art, for submission to potential publishers or exhibition venues. The group must submit all the images on a CD viewable by a Mac, with a Word document listing the quilts and their dimensions. My fee is $300 (up to 100 works reviewed, in overall and detail images) or $400 (up to 150). If you wish to have brief comments accompanying each quilt, there is an additional fee of $15 per quilt selected by me. (I retain copyright to the text but you have non-exclusive worldwide rights, in perpetuity.) Guilds are welcome to combine my comments with images of the selected quilts for presentations at guild meetings or in documents sent to prospective venues and publishers. Below is a testimonial from a group whose portfolio I reviewed:

Front Range Contemporary Quilters was founded in Colorado in 1988. In 2008, we asked Dr. Sandra Sider to jury a new portfolio. Our members submitted digital images, and Dr. Sider reviewed them with the same expert scrutiny as she would for an exhibit. In no time we had a new portfolio of images, juried, and including the full range of work from our members. One year later we have several exhibits completed and planned in art centers and museums. Thanks to our new portfolio, FRCQ was chosen to represent change and innovation. What a difference a new portfolio makes! See our portfolio online at

Mary McCauley

Front Range Contemporary Quilters, Exhibits Chair

I am available for PowerPoint lectures, exhibition walk-throughs, and critique workshops concerning studio quilts, for beginners as well as more advanced quilt artists. For PowerPoint lectures, only a projection screen or flat white wall is required.  I have my own digital projector if needed.

Fee structure:

Jurying $750 (includes 300-word juror's statement)

Catalogue essay $500 for up to 1000 words, plus two copies of the publication

Group portfolio review $300 (up to 100 works); $400 (up to 150)

Lecture $750 (1 hour including discussion); Keynote lecture $1000

Critique workshop $240 (2 hours, maximum of six quilts)

SPECIAL: Lecture plus one critique workshop on the same day $850 (not including keynote lecture)