Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea Executive Director Victoria Faoro Selected as a Juror for AQS Quilt Show in Paducah
Victoria Faoro, executive director of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea has been selected to be one of three jurors to review images of more than 700 quilts entered for inclusion in the 27th annual American Quilters Society (AQS) Quilt Show & Contest being held in Paducah, Kentucky April 27 – 30, 2011.
Two other jurors making selections for the Paducah show in February are quilt maker/educator/appraiser and collector Gerald Roy, from Warner, N.H. and quilt maker/educator/author Bettina Havig, from Columbia, Mo. Quilts selected by these three jurors will be displayed during the show and will become eligible for more than $120,000 in prize money, including the show’s $20,000 Best of Show Award.
Prior to being employed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky to open and manage the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Victoria Faoro served as the founding director of the National Quilt Museum (formerly the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society) in Paducah, Ky. She had also served as executive editor of the American Quilter’s Society where she edited more than 25 books on quilt making, quilt history, and quilt literature; and also edited more than 40 issues of the Society’s quarterly American Quilter magazine.
Prior to her work in Paducah, Faoro worked as a full-time professional quilter participating in such craft shows as the Cooper Hewitt Museum Show and the annual WBAI Holiday Show. She also completed commissioned work for clients throughout the Northeast. Faoro had also exhibited extensively, wrote articles for various quilting periodicals, and taught quilting classes and quilt conference workshops.
Faoro is currently executive director of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, an agency in the Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located at 975 Walnut Meadow Road, just off Interstate 75 at exit 77 (Berea). The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily. Winter Hours in effect from Jan. 4 - March 10, will be 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the café will be open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free. The center currently features works by more than 650 artisans from 100 counties across the Commonwealth. For more information call 859-985-5448 or visit the center’s website at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.