Adjunct art professor quilts for change

Betsy Terrill participates in Quilts for Change 2004, a national, juried show that supports programs to stop violence against women | August 1, 2004

Adjunct art professor Betsy Terrill is making a positive impact on Cincinnati by entering two of her quilts in Quilts for Change 2004, a national, juried show which supports programs to stop the cycle of violence against women in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Terrill, who has been an art teacher in the Sycamore Community School District for the past 17 years, draws heavily on her love of gardening for inspiration. Her quilt, “In My World, There Are Yellow Coneflowers,” turned out much differently than expected.

“I had intended to make black-eyed susans, but as I layered the petals, I realized the flowers looked much more like coneflowers,” Terrill said. “So coneflowers they became. And that’s the wonderful world of art quilts—your art can be anything you wish.”

Her second quilt, “Summer Morning,” depicts bright red zinnias.

Terrill has entered art shows for years, but this is the first time she has entered a quilt show. She discovered quilting five years ago when she took a week-long course at Miami University.

“Working with boutique fabrics, the patterning, texture and color of quilting had me hooked in no time,” Terrill said. “I found my niche as an art quilter.”

Her quilts act more as wall hangings than covers. “I use lots of color—deep and bright colors, rarely pastels,” she said. “My designs are usually pictorial, all original designs which come out of my head or out of my garden.”

Terrill has an undergraduate degree in fine arts and art education with emphasis in painting and a master’s in art education.

Presented by Provident Bank and The Zonta Club of Cincinnati, Quilts for Change 2004 will be held Friday, Aug. 13, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 14, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Cintas Center. Admission is $8 or $14 for both days. For information, please call 513 981-0664.