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About the Artist

Rayna Gillman is an internationally known artist and teacher who whose work has appeared in galleries and museums across the US. She works spontaneously in mixed media, often using collage and printmaking techniques to add texture to her work.

Rayna brings her intuitive sense of color and design into her work and her classes, infusing her students with a sense of play and encouraging them to use the words “what if?” as they experiment in their own work. She was nominated for the Teacher of the Year Award in 2010 by Professional Quilter Magazine

She has a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and studied at the Université de Strasbourg under a Fulbright Grant. She is the author of the best sellers, Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts, and Create Your Own Hand-Printed Cloth, published by C&T and nominated for two book awards.

Her work is in private collections in the U.S. and Europe. It can be seen on her website, She invites you to visit her blog at and to contact her at

Selected Teaching Venues
TexArt Academy, Lugano, Switzerland
School of Creative Art, Abruzzo, Italy
Quilters' Affair, Sisters, OR
Empty Spools, Asilomar
Art Quilt Tahoe
Quilting in the Desert, Mesa, AZ
Empire Quilters, NY, NY
Fabric Arts Studio, Grand Junction, CO
Festival of Quilts, Birmingham U.K.
Quilting by the Lake (QBL) Syracuse, NY
Hudson River Valley Workshops, Greenville, NY
Quilt Surface Design Symposium (QSDS), Columbus, OH
SDA/SAQA Joint Symposium, Philadelphia, PA
Art Quilt Claremont, Berkeley, CA
Garden State Quilters, Chatham, NJ
Illinois Quilters Inc, Northbrook, IL
Tompkins County Quilt Guild, Ithaca, NY
Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild, Ann Arbor, MI
Quilters Studio, Newbury Park, CA
Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA
Bloomington Quilters Guild, Bloomington, IN
Shiisa Quilts, Bloomington, IN
Rebecca\'s Reel Guild, Middletown, NJ
Potomac Craftsmen, Bethesda, MD
The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ
Studio Art Quilt Associates Regional Conference, Raleigh, NC
John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC
International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
The Smith Museum, Springfield, MA
Coupeville Arts Center, Whidbey Island, WA
Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL
The Colour Group, London, U.K

Professional Experience
Arts Workshop Faculty, the Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Workshop Faculty, The Arts Guild of Rahway, Rahway, NJ
Juror, Special Exhibit, Denver Quilt Festival
Curator, Bouras Gallery, Summit, NJ
Juror, Art Quilts Lowell 07: A National Exhibition, The Brush Gallery, Lowell, MA
Curator, Take Five: Text & Textures, Arts Guild of Rahway
Curator, Breaking the Thread Ceiling, Clifton Arts Center
Curator, Studio Montclair Annual Exhibit

Publications, Media Appearances, and Bibliography
Gillman, Rayna, Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts, C&T Publishing, Fall 2011
Gillman, Rayna Cinderella Quilts, Art Quilting Studio, Spring 2010
Gillman, Rayna Fabric Facelift, Quilters Newsletter, Spring 2009
Gillman, Rayna, Soy Wax Batik, Fibre & Stitch Magazine, Fall 2008
Gillman, Rayna, My Working Studio, Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, Fall Issue, 2008
Gillman, Rayna, Deconstructing the Screen, Quilting Arts Magazine, Aug/Sept 2008
PBS, Quilting Arts TV, 2008
Gillman, Rayna, Create Your Own Hand Printed Cloth, C&T Publishing, Spring, 2008
Bowen, Bunny, Surface Design Journal, \"The Greening of Batik,\" Fall 2007, pp 24-25
Eha, Nancy, Bead Creative Art Quilts, Creative Visions Press, Stillwater, MN, 2006
Riley, Lesley, Quilted Memories, Sterling Publishing Co., NY, NY, 2005
Gillman, R., Get it in Writing, Quilting Arts, Spring 2004, pp 68-72.
HGTV, Simply Quilts, 2003
Farkas, M., Art Quilting 101, Quilting Arts, Fall 2003, p 50.
American Art Quilts:Quilt 21/2000 & 2002 Catalogs, Quilt 21 Press, Lowell, MA., 2002
Miller, Margaret, Smashing Sets, C&T Publishing, Lafayette CA., 2000

Awards, Grants & Residencies
2009 Award of Merit, Form Not Function, The Carnegie Center, New Albany, IN
2006 First Place Award, SPUN Small Art Quilts, Katonah Art Center, Katonah, NY
2005 Study Grant, Quilt Surface Design Symposium, Columbus, OH
2004 NJ Art Educator Study Grant, Peters Valley Crafts Center, Layton, NJ
2003 Artist in Residence: Clifton Arts Center
2002 Printmaking Residency, Viridian Print Studio, Riker Hill Art Park, Livingston, NJ

Professional Memberships
Art Cloth Network
Mid Atlantic Quilt Guild Network
Studio Art Quilt Associates
Surface Design Association

Solo Exhbitions
Ellis Island Memories, Gaelen Gallery, JCC West Orange, NJ
Retrospective, Bouras Properties Gallery, Summit, NJ
The Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ
The Lippman Gallery, Short Hills, NJ
Virginia Schaffer Block Gallery, Montclair, NJ

Juried/Curated/Invitational Exhibitions
HighWire Gallery, Fiber Philadelphia 2012
Form Not Function, Carnegie Art Center, New Albany, IN
Transformations\'07, Birmingham, England and traveling
Never Static Art Cloth, Minnesota Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN
SPUN: Small Art Quilts, Katonah Art Center, Katonah, NY
Considering Quilts, Atlantic Arts Center, New Smyrna Beach, FL
Quilts for Art Sake II, Gallery 214, Montclair, NJ
Sacred Threads 2003 International, Reynoldsburg, OH
Art Quilts at the Sedgwick, Sedgwick Cultural Center, Philadelphia, PA
Essex Exposed Juried Exhibit: The Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ
Art Quilts at the Whistler: The Whistler Art Museum, Lowell MA.
Dreamscapes, Landscapes: Gallery 214, Montclair, NJ
Quilts For Art Sake, Gallery 214, Montclair, NJ
Clifton Art Center, Clifton, NJ

Hidden Worlds, The Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ
Objects d'Art: Form and Function: Alexey von Schlippey Gallery of Art, Groton, CT
Not Your Grandma's Fiber Art, Janice Charach Gallery, West Bloomfield, MI
Breast Cancer, An Artist's View, Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ
Miniature Textiles International Invitational Ocean County, NJ
Quilts as Art, The Belskie Museum, Closter, NJ
Mixed Bag Gallery, Houston, TX
University of Connecticut Gallery, Storrs, CT
Dreaming the Garden: The Mills at East Falls Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
The Slater Museum, Norwich, CT
River Street Gallery, New Haven, CT
Art Quilts from the Far Side: Surface Design, World Quilt & Textile, Manchester, NH
Sacred Threads 2004, Reynoldsburg, OH
Beyond the Stitch: A Regional Fiber Invitational, Island Heights, NJ
Take Five: Text & Textures, The Arts Guild of Rahway, Rahway, NJ
American Art Quilts, Ben Shahn Galleries, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Dreaming the Garden, July 03 and National Tour
Brodsky Gallery, Chauncey Conference Center, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ