Biography

Beth Carney, member of the Manhattan Quilters Guild, is a New York fiber artist who works in an improvisational manner exploring line, shape, color and motion to create dance in her art. Whether you call them art quilts, fiber art, or contemporary art, her work revolves around a love of fabric and color. The inspiration comes from the world around her and the people she has connected with in her journey as an artist. "My strong draw to architectural structures is inherited from my father and grandfathers, all who were "structural" engineers. They spent their professional lives working to keep buildings structurally sound, as I do in my pieces." She remembers those before her, especially her mother and grandmothers who instilled the passion to create with her hands.

Beth's work has been exhibited throughout the United States in several national juried exhibitions, including Quilt National 07, 09, 11 and 15. In 2013 she had a solo show at the Art Quilt Gallery, in New York City. Several pieces are in private collections such as the Thomas Contemporary Quilt collection.

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts, concentration in dance from Ohio University, Beth has taught dance technique and composition since 1975. When she is not working in her fiber studio Beth is the Lower School Dance specialist at Greenwich Academy where she brings her love of visual and performing arts to her students."

Artist Statement

I take my life experiences as a dancer, choreographer and director melding them together in my art, constantly looking at the world with an openness to see different perspectives with focus and discipline. Each piece of me creates an essential element in my work. The dancer explores the movement, flow, and paths that your eyes follow as they dance around the work. The choreographer uses the line, spatial relationships between the parts and the play of color to create an image for the audience. The director creates the structure and controls the chaos. Art has always been a way to communicate with an open mind and willingness to express my vision intuitively and from my soul; sometimes serious other times with humor.
Exhibits
2015
2014
  • Grand Central Centennial Quilts, New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex at Grand Central Terminal, 42nd Street and Park Ave. March 15 - July 7, 2014
  • SAQA’s Deaux: Two Ideas, Two inspirations, Two Complimentary Quilts, Prague Patchwork Meeting, Prague, Czech Republic, April 4 - 6, 2014
  • Recent Acquisitions from the Thomas Contemporary Quilt Collection, Visions Art Museum, San Diego California, Nov 22, 2013 - January 19, 2014
2013
  • Palindromes Exhibit & Trunk Show: Simple Quilts, Complex Fabric 2013
  • Beth Carney's Chaos and Chasms: A Rhythmic Journey. The ArtQuilt Gallery, New York, NY, March 5, 2013 - April 13, 2013
  • Yonkers Artist Showcase, The Gallery at the Yonkers Riverfront Library
  • SAQA Deux, Donald E. Stephenson Convention Center, Rosemont, IL
  • Material Witnesses: Manhattan Quilters Guild, Virginia Quilt Museum, Harrisonburg, VA, Feb.1 - May 11, 2013; Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO, July 30 - Oct 26, 2013; Bronxville Library, Bronxville, NY, Nov. 17, 2013 - Dec. 3, 20131
  • Quit National 11, William Museum, Abingdon, Virginia, March 8, 2013 - June 30, 2013
2012
  • Fabrique-Istan Exhibit & Trunk Show: Simple Quilts, Complex Fabric 2012
  • Yonkers Artist Showcase, The Gallery at the Yonkers Riverfront Library
  • Structures in Cloth, Hoag Gallery at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center
  • Material Witnesses: Manhattan Quilters Guild, Abington Art Center in Philadelphia, PA; National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY
2011
  • Quilt National 2011, Dairy Barn, Athens, Ohio
  • Geometric Strands: Silk, Glass, Paper, NYIT Gallery 61, New York, NY
  • Structures in Cloth, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Colorado
       Sangre de Cristo Center for the Arts in Pueblo, Colorado
          (See review of show here, which mentions my piece titled
          "Structured Chaos 2: City Lights")
       The Fort Collins Museum of Art in Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Material Witnesses, New Works by Manhattan Quilters Quild, Traveling exhibit - currently on display at The ArtQuilt Gallery, NYC
2010
2009
  • Transformations 09: Reflections
  • Quilt National 2009, Dairy Barn, Athens, Ohio
  • Community Threads, An Exhibit of Quilts, Greenwich Ct.
2008
  • MetroTextural: New Works by members of the Manhattan Quilters Guild, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA
  • Yeiser Art Gallery, SAQA Small Works, Paducah, KY
  • Material Things: Recent Art Quilts by the Manhattan Quilters Guild, Emerson Spa, Mt. Tremper, NY
2007
  • Quilt National 2007, Dairy Barn, Athens, Ohio
  • Art Quilts Lowell, Lowell, MA
  • Form Not Function, Quilt Art at the Carnegie, New Albany, Indiana
  • Metro Textural Exhibit sponsored by the Manhattan Quilters Guild
2006
  • Visual Journey: Art quilts by the Salon Seven, Larchmont, NY
  • Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY
  • Form Not Function, Quilt Art at the Carnegie, New Albany, Indiana
2005
  • Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY
  • Sharing the Joy: Art Quilts by the Salon Seven, New Rochelle, NY
2004
  • Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY
  • Cultures of Westchester "Folk Art," Yonkers, NY
2003
  • The Art of Healthcare, Northern Westchester Hospital, Mt. Kisco, NY
2002
  • Quilt Chronicles: Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
  • Channel 2 News segment: Heroes, United We Quilt 2001- 2003
2001
  • America From the Heart: Quilts Remembered Sept. 11, 2001, Houston International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX (exhibit and 2-year tour)
2000
  • Quilting Through the Ages, Curator: Luchinger Gallery, Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, CT
Publications
  • "Quilt National 2015: The Best of the Contemporary Quilts," Lark Books
  • "Finding her Rhythm," American Craft Magazine June/July 2014
  • Quilters Newsletter April/May 2014
  • Quilting Arts Fall/Winter 2013, Artist Profile
  • Magic Patch Magazine No. 103, March/April 2013, Interview
  • Deux exhibition catalogue 2013
  • "Transformation 09:Reflections"
  • Quilters Newsletter Feb/March 2010
  • "Quilt National 2009: The Best of the Contemporary Quilts," Lark Books
  • SAQA Journal Vol. 18, No. 2, Spring 2008, "Dancing into Design"
  • "Quilt National 2007: The Best of the Contemporary Quilts," Lark Books
  • "America From the Heart: Quilters Remember Sept. 11," 2001: C&T Publishing
Professional Affiliations