K. Velis Turan

K. Velis Turan (b. Washington, D.C.) is a mixed media fiber artist living and working in the Hudson Valley region of New York. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her focus, whether realistic or abstract, is always intensely graphic.
She employs surface-design techniques which include silk screen printing, fabric painting, photo transfer and embellishing with quilting, hand stitching and beading on the whole-cloth surface of her work. She enjoys the “zen” of free-motion quilting – adding her signature “thread stokes” which become the life of each piece.
Prior to her career as a mixed media fiber artist, Velis Turan worked as an illustrator and graphic artist at Harper & Row Publishers and later became the art director of a monthly publication in Washington, DC.

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Resume

Curriculum Vitae - 2020

current / upcoming exhibitions and events:

May 2020 with upcoming exhibitions - Sacred Threads, Backyard Escape - upcoming venues throughout the USA
artwork: Laundry Day
Nov 2020-Dec 2023 - Ebb & Flow - Studio Art Quilters Associates, artwork - Merge


solo and two persons exhibitions:

Jun 2019 - Solo Exhibit- Carey Institute for Global Good, Rensselaerville, NY
Mar 2019 - Solo Exhibit- Star Library, Rhinebeck, NY
Mar 2019 - Solo Exhibit- Landmark’s Spectrum Theater, Albany, NY
May 2018 - Solo Exhibit - Carey Institute for Global Good, Rensselaerville, NY
Apr 2017 - Solo Exhibit - Carey Institute for Global Good, Rensselaerville, NY
Sep 2017 - Two person Show at Law and Water Gallery Gloucester, MA
Sep 2012 - Solo Exhibit - Carey Institute, Rensselaerville, NY
Feb - Mar 2012 - Solo Exhibit, Philmont Public Library - Philmont, NY
Apr 2011 - Solo Exhibit – The Rensselaerville Institute, Guggenheim Pavilion, Rensselaerville, NY
Apr 2011 - Featured Artist at the Q.U.I.L.T. Inc. Show - Delmar, NY
Oct - Nov 2010 - Solo Exhibit - Urban Landscapes shown in the lobby in conjunction with the play - Cactus Flower,
Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany, NY
Jul & Aug 2010 – Solo Exhibit - The Sweet Show and Other Delights – Columbia-Greene Community College –
Kaaterskill Gallery, Hudson, NY
Jun 2010 - Solo Exhibit - The Sweet Show– The Rensselaerville Institute, Guggenheim Pavilion, Rensselaerville, NY
Mar - Apr 2010 – Solo Exhibit - Urban Landscapes - Broderick Fine Art Gallery, Freehold, NY
Sep 2009 – Solo Exhibit - Wellington’s Gallery – Schoharie, NY
Apr 2008 – Solo Exhibit - The Rensselaerville Institute, Guggenheim Pavilion, Rensselaerville, NY
Jan-Feb 2007 - Solo Exhibit - Bank of Greene County, Greenville, NY


past juried exhibition:

Aug-Nov 2020 - Woman of Fiber . . . Man of Steel - Hillbrook Library, Hillbrook, NY
Mar-Apr 2020 - The Contemporary Art of Quilting - Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY - four pieces of work shown
Dusk to Dawn - Studio Art Quilters Associates - artwork: Red City
Aug-Sep 2020 - Taiwan International Quilt Exposition, Tainan City, Taiwan
Nov 2018 - Quilt Festival Houston, TX
Mar 2019 - Quilt Festival Chicago, IL
Aug 2019 - Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Feb 2020 - The Gold Standard: TSGNY at Westbeth, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY artwork: Intersections 18
Jun-Jul 2019 - Cheryl Lickona & Friends: Mixing Media - Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson ,NY - six pieces of work shown
Concrete and Grassland - Studio Art Quilters Associates - artwork: 80 - 8th Avenue
Jun- Jul 2016 - Grants Pass Museum of Art in Grant’s Pass, Oregon:
Sep 2017 - 9th Asia Quilt Festival, Shanghai, China
Mar 2018 - The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, London, UK
Aug 2018 - Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK
Oct 2018 - Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, London, UK
Nov 2018 - Knitting & Stitching Show, Dublin, Ireland & Harrogate, UK
My Corner of the World - Studio Art Quilters Associates - artwork: Broadway El
Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, Ontario: May 21- October 10, 2016
Nov 2016 - Jan 2017 - Thunder Bay Museum, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
May 2017 - Craft & Quilt Fair, Perth, Australia
Aug 2017 - Craft & Quilt Fair, Canberra, Australia
Aug 2017 - Intocraft Handmade Expo, Newcastle, Australia
Sep 2017 - Craft & Quilt Fair, Adelaide, Australia
Oct 2017 - Brisbane Craft & Quilt Fair. Brisbane, Australia
Nov 2017 - Intocraft Handmade Expo, Melbourne, Australia
Mar 2018 - Sydney Stitches & Craft Show
2017 - Quilts, Inc., Houston, TX, Chicago, IL, Portland, OR artwork: MidTown
Food for Thought - Studio Art Quilters Associates - artwork: Garden for Victory
Apr -Jun 2015 - National Quilt Museum, Paducah, KY
Aug 2015 - Festival of Quilts - Birmingham, England
Oct 2015 - The Knitting & Stitching Show - London, England
Nov 2015 - The Knitting & Stitching Show - Dublin, Ireland
Nov 2015 - The Knitting & Stitching Show - Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England
Mar 2016 - Stitches & Craft Show - Sydney, Australia
Mar 2016 - Stitches & Craft Show Brisbane, Australia
Apr 2016 - Australasian Quilt Convention, Melbourne, Australia
Jul - Aug 2016 - Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, MI
Jan - Apr 2017 - Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum in Temple, Texas
Jul - Sep 2017 - Mulberry Cultural Center, Mulberry, Florida
May - Jun 2018 - George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Missouri
Sep 2018 - 10th Asia Quilt Festival, Shanghai, China
Feb - Apr 2018 - Changing Places, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY artwork: Flat Iron Building and Dumbo 2
Dec 2017 - Jan 2018 - TSGNY - Red at Noho-M55 Gallery, NY, NY artwork: Intersections 13 - Red
Oct - Dec 2016 - Artist of the Mohawk Hudson Region, The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY artwork: Triborough Bridge
Sep - Nov 2016 - Yard Work - Textile Study Group of New York, Drst Lobby Gallery, NY, NY artwork: Intersections 12
Oct - Nov 2015 - Hands all Around XXV - Houston International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
artwork: Meridian Hill Park - Fountain
Oct 2015 - Jan 2016 - Interpretations: Celebrating 30 Years - Vision Art Museum, San Diego, CA
artwork: Building Blocks
Athens Voices USA ’15 - The Dairy Barn Art Center, Athens, OH
artwork(s): Intersections 5 and View from MOMA
Apr - Nov 2015 - Jan - Mar, 2015 - The Dairy Barn Art Center, Athens, OH
May - July 2015 - Arthur Butcher Art Gallery at Concord University in Athens, WV
August - October 2015 - Alabama Center for the Arts in Athens, AL.
May - Sep 2015 - Pushing the Surface 2015 - Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, Coshocton, OH
artwork: MidTown
Oct 2014 - 2015 - Tactile Architecture - Quilts, Inc., Houston, TX, Long Beach, CA
artwork(s): Red City and Village Psychic
Mar-Apr 2015 - Art of Gastronomy - Healdsburg Center for the Arts - Healdsburg, CA
artwork: Life in a Box of Chocolate
Jul 26 - Nov 9, 2014 - Interanational TECHstyle Art Biennial 3 (ITAB) - San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles -
San Jose, CA - artwork: Please Stand By and Building Blocks
Sep 5 - Oct 17, 2014 - Building Perspectives - Howard County (MD) Arts Council, Ellicott City, MD - 6 pieces shown
Jul 26 - Nov 9, 2014 - Interanational TECHstyle Art Biennial 3 (ITAB) - San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles -
San Jose, CA - artwork: Please Stand By and Building Blocks
Jul 11 - Aug 15 2014 - The 79th National Juried Art Exhibition - Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY artwork: Millbrook - Picnic Tables
Mar- Jul 2014 - Grand Central Terminal Quilt Challenge Finalists - New York Transit Museum Gallery
Annex at Grand Central Terminal - artwork: The Concourse
May- Jul 2014 - Form, not Function - Carnegie Center for Art & History, New Albany, IN
artwork: MidTown
Jul 2013 - Artist Opening - Tappan Z Gallery, Tarrytown, NY
Aug - Sep 2013 - Art Quilts at the Whistler 2013: What’s My Line?, Whistler House Museum, Lowell, MA
artwork: Your Can’t Get Here from There and You Can’t Get There from Here
9x9x3: New Visions - Textile Study Group of New York exhibit - artwork: Higeki
Sep. 4–Oct 2012 - Mahady Gallery, Marywood University, Scranton, PA
Oct 25–Nov 2012 - Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Library, Greenwich, CT
May 15 - Aug 2013 - The Holter Museum of Art, Helena MT
Nov 2013 - Jan 2014 - McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
May 20 - Aug 14, 2014 - Dubuque Art Museum, Dubuque, IA
Jun 22 - Nov 2013 - Screen Play - Hudson Valley Artists 2013, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University
of New York at New Paltz - artwork: Please Stand By
May - Jul 2013 - Form, not Function, Carnegie Center for Art & History, New Albany, IN
artwork: George Washington Bridge #2
Aug 2013 - Tactile Architecture - The International Quilt Festival, Long Beach, CA artwork(s): Crosswalk and Red City Apr 2013 - Tactile Architecture - The International Quilt Festival, Cincinnati, OH
Feb - Mar 2013 - Columbia County Council on the Art’s 17th Annual Juried Art Show at the Hudson Opera House, Hudson, New York - artwork: Millbrook - Picnic Tables and MidTown (awarded BEST IN SHOW)
Jan - Feb 2013 - The 12th Annual Art Box Heart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA - artwork: Somerville

Jan 2013 Perspectives - Fantasy & Reality
This exhibit will be on display at Road to California Exhibition Ontario Convention Center, Ontario, California
artwork: MidTown
Dec 2012 - Jan 2013 - Arkell Museum's 2012 Annual Juried Art Show
Community Art Galleries, Canajoharie, New York - artwork: Broadway EL
Nov 2012 - Jan 2012 - Art Quilts XVII: Integrating a Paradox, artwork: You Can’t Get Here from There
Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler, AZ
Oct - Nov 2012 - Tactile Architecture - The International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
artwork: Crosswalk and Red City


Sep - Nov 2012 - Textile Study Group of New York exhibit - Salon des Refusés,
Guild Gallery II at the Fulton Center of the Hudson Guild, New York, NY
artwork: Psychic
May 2012 - Vanguard Designers Showhouse - Albany, NY
19 pieces of Urban Landscapes
Mar - May 2012 - Made in New York - Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY
artwork: Midtown
Mar - May 2012 - Fantastic Fiber 2012 - Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY
artwork: Broadway EL
Feb - Apr 2012 - Sections from the Thomas Contemporary Quilt Collection at Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA
artwork: Crows from Above
Jun 2011 - Apr 2012 - Structures in Cloth - Studio Art Quilt Associates - artwork: Bear Street
Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO - Jun-Aug 2011,
Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO - Oct-Jan 2012
Fort Collins Museum of Art, Fort Collins, CO - Feb-Apr 2012
9x9x3: New Visions - Selected Works - The Textile Study Group of New York - artwork: Higeki
Jan - Mar 2012 - The Lobby Gallery 1155 Avenue of the Americas, New York City
Sep 4 - Oct 14, 2012 - Mahady Gallery, Marywood University, Scranton, PA
Oct 25 - Nov 28 2012 - Finn Gallery, Greenwich Library, Greenwich, CT
Oct 2011 - Jan 2012 - Quilt=Art=Quilt, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY - artwork: Bull Street
Nov - Dec 2011 - The Art of Fiber Exhibition, Lorton Art Center, Lorton, VA, artwork: Crosswalk and The Village Pyschic
May-Dec 2011 - Art and Wine in the Hudson Valley - artwork: Millbrook - Picnic Tables and Millbrook - Wing’s Castle
May 20 & 21 Gala Opening Lyndhurst, a National Historic Site in Tarrytown, NY
Jun - Jul 15 2011 - M Gallery, Catskill, NY - Opening - Jun 11
Jul - Sep 2011 - Hudson Valley Gallery, Cornwall, NY - Opening - Jul 25
Oct - Dec 2011 – Albany Convention and Visitors Center, Albany, NY - Opening - Oct 5 Sep 6 - Oct 14, 2011 - Sep - Oct 2011 - Martin Mullen Art Gallery, SUNY Oneonta, NY - exhibit: Mark 10 Group Show artwork: More Than Any of Us Can Bear, Lipstick on a Pig and Triboro Quartet
Aug - Oct 2011 - Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA - exhibit: Urban Landscapes -
artwork: Major Deegan Expressway 2 and MidTown
Apr - Sep 2011 - Textile Museum - Washington, DC - Green: the Color and the Cause exhibit artwork:
Day Becomes Electric
Jun 9-Jun 30 2011 - Katherine E. Nash Gallery University of Minnesota Minneapolis Campus, Minneapolis, MN, exhibit: Surface Design Association Members' Show - Merge and Flow , artwork: Merge and Flow (Honorable Mention Award)
Jan - Mar 2011 - Form, Not Function - Quilt Art at the Carnegie, Carnegie Center for Art & History,
New Albany, IN - artwork: Bull Street
Jan - Mar 2011 - Threads - Columbia County on the Arts, Hudson, NY; artwork: Still Life with Giant Rudbeckias
Oct 2010 - Jul 2011 - Tactile Architecture 2010 - International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, Cincinnati, OH, Long Beach, CA - artwork: Major Deegan Expressway and Meridian Hill Park
Jan 2011 - INVITATIONAL - Greene County Council on the Arts Artists at the Tivoli Artists Co-op, Tivoli, NY
Oct - Nov 2010 - NYFA MARK 10 Artists of Troy - House of Creative, Saratoga Springs, NY
Nov 2010 - Built: Albany’s Architecture Thought Artists’Eyes - Albany, NY
Oct 2010 - Windows on Warren - Hudson, NY - artwork: four Cupcake pieces
Nov 2009 – Jan 2010 – Quilts=Arts=Quilts – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY
artwork - Still Life with Giant Rudbeckia
May-Sep 2009 – Cat’n Around Catskill - 58 cats designed by local and national artists, exhibited throughout the Town Catskill, NY – artwork Halfmoon Cat
Apr-May 2009 – Vanguard Designer Showhouse (six pieces), Albany, NY
Nov 2008 – Built: Albany’s Architecture Though Artists’ Eyes – Albany, NY
Feb-Mar 2008 – Two Person Show - Proctors Theatre/Guild Room – with Donna Gould, Schenectady, NY
Jan -Mar 2008 – 2008 Form Not Function, Carnegie Center for Art & History,
New Albany, IN – artwork - Triboro Quartet
Sep-Nov 2007 - Where the City Meets the Sea, Intrepid Museum, New York, NY – artwork - “Break of Day”
May-Sep 2007 – Cat’n Around Catskill - 50 cats designed by local and national artists exhibited throughout the Town Catskill, NY – artwork - Catatonic
Sep 2007 - Sep 2008 - 2007 Tactile Architecture– artwork - Day Becomes Electric shown at
International Quilt Festival - Houston , TX, Long Beach, CA, Chicago, IL
Jul-Sep 2007 - 2007 National Small Art Quilt Works, Groton, NY
Jul-Sep 2007 – Cowgirls of the Hudson Valley - Brik Gallery - Catskill, NY
Apr-Jun 2007 - New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA – I Remember Mama Exhibit artwork - Koula & Yaya
Nov 2006-Jan 2007 - Quilts=Arts=Quilts – artwork - Triboro Quartet – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY
Nov -Dec 2006 - Random Harvest - Athens Cultural Center, Athens, NY
Aug 2006 - Lowell Quilt Festival - Images 2006 - Lowell, MA
Jul 2006 - Landscapes - Tivoli Artists’ Co-op - Tivoli, NY
Jun 2006 - Patchwork & Quilt Expo - Lyon, France*
Jun-Jul 2006 - 2-Person Show - Greenville Library with Barbara L. Walter - Greenville, NY
Apr 2006 - Works on Fabric (2 person show with Susan Kotulak) Tivoli Artists’ Co-op - Tivoli, NY
Dec 2005 - 4th Annual Cyclics Art Show - Schenectady, NY
Oct 2005 - 3rd Bi-annual Empire Quiltfest - Albany, NY
May 2005 - Spring Quilt Market - Portland, OR*
Mar 2005 - Spring Quilt Festival - Chicago, IL*
Dec 2005 - 3rd Annual Cyclics Art Show - Schenectady, NY
Oct 2004 - International Quilt Festival - Houston, TX*
2004-2007 - I Remember Mama exhibition originating at the “2004 International Quilt Festival - Houston, TX.”
Toured thought 2007, artwork - Koula & Yaya
Aug 2003 - NY Quilts - Troy, NY
May 2003 - Spring Quilt Market - Portland, OR
Mar 2003 - Spring Quilt Festival - Chicago, IL
Oct 2002 - International Quilt Festival - Houston, TX

bibliography

periodicals / books / etc.

Summer 2018 - Art Quilting Studio - Artist Series Showcase
2015 - Art Quilt Collector - Artists to Watch
2015 - 1000 Quilt Inspirations by Sandra Sider, Quarry Books
2014 - SAQA (Studio Art Quit Associates) Portfolio 20 (Book) - artwork: West Village East
2013 - SAQA (Studio Art Quit Associates) Portfolio 20 (Book) - artwork: Broadway El
Winter 2012 - International Quilt Festival Quilt Scene Magazine - pg 92 - artwork: Crosswalk
2012 - SAQA (Studio Art Quit Associates) Portfolio 19 (Book) - artwork: DUMBO 2
Book - The Studio Quilt, No. 5 - State of the Art - Published Nov. 2011 - artwork: Major Deegan 2
The Art of Quilts - Postcard Collection - Architecture - artwork: Wall Street (Cover), City Center, Flat Iron Building, George Washington Bridge #1 - C&T Publishing - October 2011
Feb-Mar 2011 - article in Quilting Arts Magazine. Spotlight on K. Velis Turan, my piece Wall Street is in the cover,
2011 - SAQA (Studio Art Quit Associates) Portfolio 18 (Book) - artwork: Bull Street
Book - I Remember Mama by Karey Patterson Bresenhan. artwork: Koula & Yaya
Jan-Feb 2006 issue of Quilter’s Newsletter, artwork: Koukla & Yaya

relevant work/art experience/education:

• Member: Textile Study Group of New York, Inc.
• Juried Member: Studio Art Quilt Associates
• Jan-Jun 2010 - Juried into New York Foundation for the Arts - MARK 10 – a program for visual artist to focus on the professional side of the creative practice.
• Former Visual Arts Director - Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA), NYManage and curate the art exhibits for two galleries (Catskill & Windham).
• Former Art Director – Recreation News and Publication Graphic Designer –
Icarus Publishers, Washington DC
• Former Graphic Artist - Harper and Row Publishers

scholarships/grants/awards

2020 - Scholarship - Quilting by the Lake, Schweinfurth Art Center, Syracuse, NY
2020 - Critical Forum Program, NYSCA and The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY
2010 – MARK 10 selected participate –professional marketing program for visual artist
2007 – Scholarship awarded from Sugar Maples Center of the Arts and Education, Hunter, NY