RESUME


EXHIBITIONS


2018

Explorations: Journeys in Creativity: Inside the Quilt Artist's Studio, New England Quilt Museum,  Lowell, Massachusetts

Interplay: Fiber and Art Quilts 2018, Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell, Massachusetts

Stepping Inside the Outside, Highfield Hall & Gardens, Falmouth, Massachusetts

Water is Life: Clean Water and Its Impact on the Lives of Women and Girls around the World,  Kean University, Union, New Jersey

A New Twist on the Little Black Dress, Quilt and Sewing Fest of New Jersey, Edison, New Jersey,  World Quilt New England, Manchester, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania National Quilt  Extravaganza, Oaks, Pennsylvania


2017

Little Black Dress, The Brush Art Gallery & Studios, Lowell, Massachusetts

​Contemporary Art Quilts: A Juried Exhibition, Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell,      Massachusetts

Gems of the Ocean, Yachats Commons, Yachats, Oregon

Water is Life: Clean Water and Its Impact on the Lives of Women and Girls around the World,  New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, Massachusetts


2016

Currents, The Brush Gallery and Studios, Lowell, Massachusetts

Art as Quilt: Transitions in Contemporary Quilt Media, Highfield Hall & Gardens, Falmouth,  Massachusetts

Butterfly Whirl, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, Massachusetts

Water is Life: Clean Water and Its Impact on the Lives of Women and Girls around the World,    United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland


2015

A Celebration of Fiber Arts, Art Center East, Vernon, Connecticut

Art as Quilt: Transitions in Contemporary Quilt Media, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton,      Massachusetts

Balancing Act (SAQA), International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas

Art Night Bristol Warren, The East Bay Chamber of Commerce, Bristol, Rhode Island


2014

Butterflies and Their Beautiful Kin, Texas Quilt Museum, Houston, Texas

Butterfly Whirl: Contemporary Quilt Art, Touring Exhibition

How Does Your Garden Grow?, Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell, Massachusetts

Fiber Art Showcase, Newport Art Museum, Newport, Rhode Island


2013

​What's For Dinner, International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas

Three Cohesive Pieces, Lowell Quilt Festival, Lowell, Massachusetts


WORK FEATURED IN


Explorations: Journeys in Creativity: Inside the Quilt Artist's Studio, SAQA MA/RI Regional  Exhibit, 2018

Stepping Inside the Outside, SAQA MA/RI Regional Exhibit, 2018 

Currents, SAQA MA/RI Regional Exhibit, 2016

Art Quilting Studio: Summer 2016, Nature’s Portraits: Tapping into Imagination, Stampington & Company Publishers, pg 48-53, 2016

Butterflies: Butterflies and Their Beautiful Kin, A Flutter of Butterfly Quilts,

 Butterfly Whirl: Contemporary Quilt Art: Exhibits from The Texas Quilt Museum, 2014

Regional Portfolio: Massachusetts & Rhode Island, SAQA, 2014


JURYING & CURATING


​Explorations: Journeys in Creativity: Inside the Quilt Artist's Studio, 2018, Curator

Stepping Inside the Outside, 2018, Curator

Currents, 2016, Curator

Art as Quilt: Transitions in Contemporary Quilt Media, 2015, Curator 

Water is Life: Clean Water and Its Impact on the Lives of Women and Girls around the World,  2016, Juror


LECTURES 


Lightning Talk, New England Quilt Museum, 2018

Shining Tides Quilt Guild, 2017

Gallery Talk, New England Quilt Museum, 2016

Ninigret Quilt Guild, 2015


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS


Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.









Artist statement


I am a storyteller. This one simple statement is at the heart of every decision I make as an artist. Representational imagery is the base of my artwork. I use images to elicit an emotive response, sometimes expressing subtle commentary on issues that are important to me, reminding the viewer of the joy and beauty inherent in a natural environment. 


My designs are created first with line drawings rendered in response to either my own photograph or to an idea that comes to me from dreaming or meditation. The excitement of creating each work comes from choosing the fabrics to flesh out the line design. I am a lover of intense, bold colors and use my strong sense of color theory to impart a unique style to my work. Stitching defines and punctuates while lending structural integrity. My work takes long hours to complete which is perfect for contemplating. Knowing when to stop creating and viewing a piece as complete has been often as difficult as getting it started, however, in some ways the art informs me when it's unique story is told and that is as it should be.

N​ancy Turbitt

BIO

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Nancy graduated college with a BA in fine art, having spent time painting and printing. Although proficient in traditional medium it wasn't until the 1990s that she began experimenting with fiber as a tapestry artist and then in 1995 with quilting and fabrics.


Nancy's first studio was in Monohasset Mills in Providence, RI for five years and it was there that she coined her studio name of Girasole, which means sunflower in Italian. In 2012 she retired from her management position in retail sales to pursue her art full time. She has exhibited internationally, curated juried exhibitions, has won awards including Best of Show, published articles and has been an active member of Studio Art Quilt Associates since 2009.


Nancy's studio is now in her home in rural Rhode Island. She lives with her husband Tony and they love spending time with their four grown children and one very special granddaughter. Nancy will tell you that the best part of each day is, "my time spent creating here in my studio." 

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