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. In 2015 she moved to New Zealand for a new adventure.

 

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

2016
Restructuring: Color and Line, Spark Gallery, CO
2015
Portals: Beginnings and Possibilities, Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Endless Horizon: 14000 feet to Sea Level, Spark Gallery, CO
2014
Adventure Art, Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2012
Color and Line, The Art Quilt Gallery, New York, NY
Boundaries, MacSpa, Denver, CO
Relationships, Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2011
Structures, Broomfield Public Art Gallery, 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, CO
Improvisation, Dazzle Jazz, Denver, CO
Home and Stillness, Kindness Yoga, Denver CO
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

2017
– American Craft Council, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD, Juried
– Members Art Sale , Academy Galleries, Wellington, NZ
– Art Fusions, Carmel College, Auckland, New Zealand, Invitational
2016
– New Zealand Art Show, TSB Arena, Wellington, New Zealand, Juried
– The Christchurch Art Show, Wigram Air Force Museum,Christchurch, New Zealand, Juried
– Members Holiday Exhibit , Academy Galleries, Wellington, NZ
– Art Expo Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand, Juried
2015
– Spring Gala, Mainline Art Center, Haverford, PA, Juried
– American Craft Council, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD, Juried
– Group Member Show, Spark Gallery, Denver, CO
2014
– 24th Annual Smithsonian Craftshow, National Building Museum, Washington, DC, Juried
– Quilts: The New Geometry, Museum of Geometric & MADI Art, Dallas, TX, Invited
– American Craft Council, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD, Juried
2013
– Celebration of American Crafts, Creative Art Workshop, New Haven, CT, Invited
– American Craft Council, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD, Invited
2012
– Artist as Quitlmaker XV, Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, OH Juried
– The Artful Home, Lakewood Clutural Center, Lakewood, CO Invitational
– Art Quilts Invitational, Visions Gallery, Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler, AZ Invitational
2011
– Uncommon Threads: A Survey of Contemporary Quilts, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY Invitational
– Quilt National, Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, Athens, OH Juried
– Form, Not Function, The Carnegie Center, New Albany IN Juried
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
University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, PA
Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, VA
Town of Parker, Parker, CO
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO
College Hill Library, Front Range Community College, Broomfield, CO

Publications – Selected

2016 – Art Quilts International: Abstract & Geometric, Schiffer by Martha Sielman
2014 – Intentional Printing: Simple Techniques for Inspired Fabric Art, Interweave Press by Lynn Krawczyk, Portals #4
2011 – Instinctive Quilt Art, Batsford by Bethan Ash
2011 – Quilt National 2011: The Best of Contemporary Quilts, Lark Books
2011 – What I Wish for You, Skirt Publishing, by Patti Digh
2010 – Color Improvisations – International Invitational of Contemporary Quilts, curated by Nancy Crow
2010 – Patchwork Professional, extra edition, Partner Media Publishing, Germany
2010 – Four Word Self Help, Skirt Publishing, by Patti Digh
2010 – Whip Up Mini Quilts, Chronicle Books, by Kathreen Ricketson
2010 – 1000 Artisan Textiles, Quarry Books, by Sandra  Salamony & Gina  M. Brown
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

2011 – Quilt National, Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, Athens, OH Award of Excellence
2011 – Form Not Function, The Carnegie Center, New Albany, IN Merit Award
2008 – Denver Modernism Show, National Western Complex, Denver, CO Honorable Mention
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.