About

Lisa Call

Lisa Call creates bold geometric contemporary textile paintings composed of her richly colored hand dyed fabric. Her work is abstract but draws elements from many places: her love of the colors and geological forms of the southwest, repetition, pattern, and an attraction to human-made structures for containment such as fences and stone walls.

Call’s award winning work has been shown in solo and group exhibits throughout the United States and Europe including Craft Forms at the Wayne Art Center, National Crafts, Fiber Art International, and Layers of Meaning at the Contemporary Crafts Museum in Portland, Oregon. Her piece, Structures #11, was selected for the cover of the Quilt National 2003 catalog. Structures #5 is included in the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum’s permanent collection Rooted in Tradition: Art Quilts of the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. Her work is included in the University Hospitals in Cleveland, Town of Parker and Broomfield’s College Hill Library public collections and private collections across the country.

A self taught artist, Call began making contemporary textile art in 1993. In 1997 Call founded The Fiber Connection, a successful online artist support. She received a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (1987) and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley (1985). She was born in Tucson, Arizona in 1963. Having grown up in New Mexico she returned to the southwest in 1994 and settled in the Denver, Colorado area.

 

Statement

My abstract textile paintings are informed by many elements: my love of the colors and geological forms of the southwest, repetition, pattern, and an attraction to human-made structures for containment such as fences and stone walls. I work in series, exploring themes of interest in depth. Color is of primary importance and is combined, intuitively, in unexpected ways, employing a unique palette of cotton fabrics I hand dye.

I am drawn to textiles by the tactile nature of the medium and intrigued by the flexibility of woven fabric in contrast to its underlying rigid grid construction. I manipulate sections of preconstructed color, verses applying pigment in small brush strokes, to create a composition. Individual elements are freehand cut and placed onto a flannel-covered studio wall, where I work improvisationally, designing, constructing and refining the lines and shapes in the piece. Extensive stitching on the surface adds rich texture to the finished work.

 

Resume

PDF file of Lisa Call’s current Resume

Solo Exhibits

2010
- Dwelling, Macky Gallery, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO


2008
- Fencing In or Keeping Out, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
- Markings: Repetition and Pattern, Macky Gallery, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO


2006
- Structures: Walls, Fences & Boundaries, Macky Gallery, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO


Group Exhibits – Selected

2010
- Color Improvisations, Haus Der Wirtschaft, Stuttgart, Germany, Invitational
- Form, Not Function, The Carnegie Center, New Albany IN Juried


2009
- Surface Design Association Member Show, Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, KS, Juried
- Form, Not Function, The Carnegie Center, New Albany IN Juried


2008
- 29th Annual Contemporary Crafts Exhibition, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ, Juried
- Art Quilt Elements, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA Juried
- Materials Hard and Soft, Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, TX Juried


2007
- Quilt National, Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, Athens, OH Juried
- 28th Annual Contemporary Crafts Exhibition, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ, Juried
- Pieced Together, Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, Lancaster, OH, Invitational
- Fiberart International Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA and Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC. Jurors: Dorothy Caldwell, Naomi Kobayashi, Lois Moran


2006
- Winter Invitational, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE Invitational
- Take Cover, Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA Invitational
- Craft Forms, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA Juried
- Crafts National 40, Zoller Gallery, State College, PA Juried
- Fine Contemporary Craft Exhibit, Artspace, Raleigh, NC Juried
- Considering Quilts 2006, Atlantic Center at Harris House, New Smyrna Beach, FL Juried
- Art Quilts at the Sedgwick, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA Juried


2005
- Quilt National, Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, Athens, OH Juried
- Layers of Meaning: The Art Quilt 2005, Contemporary Crafts Museum, Portland, OR Juried
- Rooted in Tradition, Art Quilts from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO Invitational
- Material Evolution, Naropa University, Boulder, CO
- Innovations, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY


2004
- Craft Forms, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA Juried
- Fine Contemporary Craft Exhibit, Artspace, Raleigh, NC Juried
- A Tribute to Fiber Art, APEX Gallery, Washington, D.C Juried
- World Views, Common Ground, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD
- Essence of Fiber, Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood, CO
- Lines Into Shapes, Art Center of Estes Park, Estes Park, CO Juried


2003
- Quilt National, Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, Athens, OH Juried
- QSDS Invitational 2003, Columbus Cultural Arts Center, Columbus, OH, Invitational
- Fiber Now, Art Students League, Denver, CO Invitational
- Natural Selections: Images on Cloth, Pickneyville Arts Center, Norcross, GA
- Elements, Loveland Museum, Loveland, CO Juried
- Western Material, Center for the Visual Arts, Denver, CO Juried


2002
- Natures Architecture, Oz Architecture, Denver, CO Invitational
- Potluck: An Exhibition of Art Quilts, Longmont Museum, Longmont, CO, Invitational
- Voices in Cloth, Milner Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


2001
- Fiber/Fabric Art: Contemporary Expressions, Curtis Arts & Humanities Center, Greenwood Village, CO Invitational
- Quilted Visions: Paintings in Fabric & Thread, Chaffee Center for the Visual Arts, Rutland, VT
- Soft Walls / Tu B’Shvat, Janice Epstein Gallery, Detroit, MI


2000
- Uncommon Threads/Uncommon Women, Cleopatra Steps Out Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ
- The New Year of the Trees: Tu B’Shvat, Oregon Jewish Museum, Portland, OR


1999
- National Crafts 1999, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA Juried
- Hanging By a Thread, Old Main Art Gallery, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ Juried


1998
- International Juried Competition, Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, RI Juried, Third Place


Collections

University Hospitals – Cleveland, OH
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO
Town of Parker, Parker, CO
College Hill Library, Front Range Community College, Broomfield, CO

Publications – Selected

2009 - Quilting Art: Inspiration, Ideas & Innovative Works from 20 Contemporary Quilters, Voyageur Press
2007 - Quilt National 2007: The Best of Contemporary Quilts, Lark Books
2006 - Surface Design Journal, Gallery Issue, Surface Design Association
2005 - Quilt National 2005: The Best of Contemporary Quilts, Lark Books
2005 - Rooted in Tradition: Art Quilts from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Donning Publishers
2003 - Quilt National 2003: The Best of Contemporary Quilts, Lark Books
2002 - American Journal of Nursing, Cover Photograph, Vol. 102, No 3
1997 - Art Quilt Magazine, Issue #8, article by Mary Beth Bellah
1997 - Fiber Arts Magazine, Vol. 24, No. 1, article by Lauren Mukamal Camp
1994 - Art Quilt Magazine, Premiere Issue, Lynn Lewis Young, Ed/Pub

Awards – Selected

2007 Fiberart International 2007, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA Lydia S. Golomb Memorial Award for Outstanding Use of Traditional Materials
2006 Form Not Function, The Carnegie Center, New Albany, IN Merit Award
1998 International Juried Competition, Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, RI Third Place

Education

University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI, M.S. 1987, Computer Science.
University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, B.A. 1985, Computer Science.