elizabeth barton


I make wall hangings from layers of cloth that I have painted or dyed, cut into pieces and reassembled.  It’s like painting with fabric, the benefit of the fabric being that if you don’t like it in one place, you can move it to another. The imagery I depict is related to places I have seen.  I wish to explore the beauty of everyday environments both cityscapes, industrial and rural landscapes.    I want to create a sense of place but also reveal the dynamic bones of the scene.  I enjoy working in series. Reflected light, translucency and the effects of time are recurring themes; repeated patterns of natural or architectural forms are a leifmotif.   The aim is to make work that glows with light and is rich with color and nuance; a work in which the unified composition is satisfying, but the details are fascinating.  
My paintings are about the amazing things I see about me in my daily
life - especially the light on the trees, limning their branches and trunks, making the leaves glow....

I was born in York, England, educated in England and U.S.A., obtained a Ph.D  and emigrated to U.S.A.  Whilst working in the health service at the University of Georgia, I began to make quilts, focusing on Art Quilts with the encouragement of an NEA grant and acceptance into renowned Quilt National art show with my 13th quilt!

I began painting when I moved to a house in the woods and started my daily walks.....


Athens Regional Public Library

​2018 Athens Academy Gallery

2017 Bulloch Hall, Atlanta, GA

2015 Aurum Gallery, Athens, GA (2 person)
2013 La Conner Textile Museum, La Conner, WA
2010 Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, UK (2 person)
2009 Campus Gate Gallery, Young Harris,GA

2009 Aurum Gallery, Athens, GA (2 person)
2007 Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville , NC
2007 Visions Gallery, San Diego, CA (3 person)
2006 Asilomar, Pacific Grove , CA , Resident artist show.
2006 Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta (2 person)
2004 American Museum of Quilts , San Jose , CA (2 person)
2003 Gwinnett Cultural Arts Centre, GA
2002 Oconee Cultural Arts , Ga.
2001 Lyndon House Art Centre, Athens, GA (2 person)
2000 Atlanta Financial Centre, Atlanta, GA
2000 Tate Center, University of Georgia
1999 Lamar Dodd School of Art, Main Gallery, University of Ga (2 person)
1998 Callanwolde Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
1997 Brenau College, Gainesville, GA 
2012 XLG show Madison Art Group, Madison GA Aug-Nov, 2012. (6 quilts)
2011 Celebration, National Quilt Museum, Paducah, KY
2007 Mascall's Gallery, Paddock Wood, Kent, UK
2003 Noho Gallery, NY,NY
2002 Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia
2001 Nederlands Textiel Museum
2000 Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville 
JURIED SHOWS ( selected)
Quilt National: 2013,2009,2007, 1999, 1995
Visions, Quilt San Diego : 2006, 2002, 1998, 1996 (quit entering in 2008)
Materials Hard and Soft, Denton Visual Arts Council, Tx: 2009, 2005
Art Quilt Elements ( Sedgwick), Philadelphia, PA.: 2012,2010,2008, 2004, 2003, 2002
Form not Function, Carnegie Art Centre, New Albany, IN: 2009
Quilts=Art=Quilts, NY: 2011, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005
International Quilt Association, Houston, Tx: 2004, 2001
Craft Forms, 2013, 2008,Wayne Art Center, PA
SAQA: several different shows.
Decatur Art Show, Atlanta, GA: every year from 2002- 2013
Mobile Art Museum, SE Art Ehibition, AL: 2005, 1996
Oconee County Annual Juried Art Show, GA: every year from 2000-2015
Highlands Annual Art Show, NC: 2009,2005,2004,2003
Apex Gallery, Washington, DC: 2005
Elipse Gallery, Washington, DC: 2000 
University of Georgia, GA
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
City of Decatur, GA
Thomas Art Quilt Collection, CA
Atlanta GasLight Co., Atlanta, GA
Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, Atlanta, GA
Mercer University, Atlanta,
GACingulair, Atlanta, GA
The Republic Press, Columbus, Indiana
Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta, GA
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA
Omni Insurance, Atlanta, GA
Ropes & Gray, Boston, MA
Palo Alto Medical Center, CA
Private collections: USA, Canada, Germany, UK 
October 2005 Brisons Veor, Cornwall, UK
August 2006 Asilomar, Monterey, CA 
AWARDS and GRANTS (selected)
2013, First place 2D OCAF,
AAA award Lyndon House Art Center, GA
2009, First in class, Celebrating GA Women Artists, Marietta Art Museum
2006 Juror’s Choice (Lloyd Herman) Denton, Tx
.2006 Juror’s Choice (Carla Hanzal, Mint Museum), Southworks Art Show.
2006 Purchase Award, Decatur GA Arts Festival
2005 Best of Show, Purchase Award, Highlands Art Show.
2005 Viewers’ Choice, Decatur Arts Festival
2004 1st Place, Highlands Annual Art Show, NC
2004 Jurors’ Choice, Expressions Show, Connecticut
2003 Best of Show,Bascom-Louise Gallery, Highlands,NC.
2002 Best of Show, Sedgwick Art Centre, Phila.
2002 Gold Award, Decatur Arts Festival.
2001 Second Place, Decatur Arts Festival
2000 Second Place: Art Quilt, International Quilt Assoc. Houston, TX
2000 Best of Show, Director ’s Choice, and People ’s Choice, Southworks Art Show, GA
1999 Gold Award, Decatur Arts Festival
1995 Quilt National Rookie Award
1995 National Endowment for the Arts
1994 Georgia Council for the Arts 
2013: Working in a Series by Elizabeth Barton, C&T
2013: Inspired to Design by Elizabeth Barton, C&T
2011 Architectural Quilts, a book of postcards, C&T
2010 Quilting Arts magazine, July issue. Article on Industrial landscape quilts.
2009 500 Quilts, Lark Books (3 quilts)
2004 Fiberarts, Jan/Feb, p52-53.
2003, Atlanta Journal Constitution. Dec. 21 st.
2003 American Quilter, Spring, 2003 p 40
2002 The Craft Report, July, p 11
2002 Niche, summer, p 40.
2002 Athens Magazine, August, pp 9-11
2002 Visions: Quilt San Diego, catalogue.
2001 Q.N.M., June, p 35
2000 Art Quilt Magazine #12, pp27-29
2000 Pieceworks, October.
1999 Quilt National Catalogue
1999 Q.N.M.,July, p37
1998 Patchwork Tsushin, #84, p114, p 121
1998 Visions: Quilt Art, QSD
1997 The Art Quilt. Robert Shaw.
1997 Art Quilt Magazine
1996 Visions: Quilt Art, QSD
1996 Olympic Games Quilts, Qtmkrs, Ga.
1995 American Craft, December 

​1985 The No Guilt Quilt Book
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, TN.
Ph.D. Leeds University, UK