Sally Dutko

ARTIST STATEMENT

My fiber art has been influenced by my fine arts background (Cooper Union) and graphic design career (Cornell University). I love the element of surprise and excitement when dyeing and painting fabrics, then assembling them into compositions or surface design treatments. I combine textures, patterns, color and mixed-media

  

 

elements, both man-made and natural, with layers of fabrics and papers to create collages, art quilts, and soft sculptures. These can be abstract, figurative, whimsical, or inspired by environments around me.


As I work intuitively on several pieces at once, the thrill of exploring color, texture, and pattern challenges me to take a different route, a different approach, or have a different vision. Much of my work represents a feeling, an impression, or a moment. I am passionate about nurturing my creative spirit as I work in fabrics of all kinds, and relish the surprises that happen with each piece created.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

SAQA: Studio Art Quilt Associates  

Quilt Divas, contemporary fiber artists   

SDA: Surface Design Association  

SewGreen Board Member   

Tompkins County Quilters Guild  

Art Quilters Unlimited

 


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

"Quilts=Art=Quilts," Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2011

"Summer Treasures" Exhibit, Lamoreaux Landing VIneyard, Lodi, NY 2011


Art Quilters Unlimited, Arts for ACT Gallery, Fort Myers, FL, 2010

“Botanica II,” Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2009

“Mainly Blue,” CAP ArtSpace, Ithaca, NY, 2009

“A Personal Landscape: Contemporary Art Quilts,” SUNY Oswego, 2008 

“Fiber Force: A Futuristic Approach,” Invitational traveling exhibit, 2008-09 

“Revisions: Art from Recycled Materials,” Community School of Music and Arts, Ithaca, NY, 2008 

Syracuse Technology Garden Exhibition, Syracuse, NY, 2008

“Thread, Cloth, and Art." Community School of Music and Arts, Ithaca, NY, 2007

Invitational Show 2006, State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, NY

Fine Art Quilts 2005, Memphis, TN 

Quilt Diva Exhibition, Morrisville, NY, 2005 

“Dreaming the Garden,” national juried exhibit, traveling 2003-05 

"Small Art Quilts," Main Street Gallery, Groton, NY 2004-08