Exhibition Catalog: Printed vs. CD?
By Carolyn Lee Vehslage
For the past four years, the ArtQuilts at the Sedgwick volunteer committee
has been producing a CD Catalog of the exhibition artwork.
Why is it important to prepare a catalog of any form? Producing the catalog
gives this contemporary art form an historical reference and elevates the AQATS exhibition to that of other
hallmark art installations.
2003 ArtQuilts at the Sedgwick Catalog
2004 ArtQuilts at the Sedgwick Catalog
2001 was year three of the then annual ArtQuilts at the Sedgwick. It had
evolved from a local invitational show to a nation-wide juried exhibition. The core of the AQATS volunteer
committee, of Deborah Schwartzman, Lonni Rossi, Leslie Pontz, and Cindy Friedman put their own individual
reputations on the line by announcing an exhibition catalog in the 2001 prospectus.
Initial plans for this ambitious project included having individual images of
each exhibited art quilt, the artists’ biographical and contact information, images of the committee’s art
quilts, and a statement by juror Judi Warren Blaydon.
Lonni Rossi, a career graphic designer, priced a printed catalog. By ‘donating’
her design services, the cost for 2000 copies of a soft-cover, 50-page, bound book would be a staggering $25,000.
When anticipated grant funding of the catalog for the Sedgwick Cultural Center fell through, the AQATS committee
had to quickly switch production plans.
Inspired by CD-ROM catalogs of museum exhibits, Cindy Friedman investigated costs
involved in creating this format of catalog. She found that if she and Lonni could create the master CD ‘in-house’
and only outsource the reproduction, the final cost of the CD catalog would be just 10-15% of a printed version.
Cindy took on the imposing task of CD production manager once her 13-year-old son Steven,
a true computer wizard, assured her that he would provide the technical input required. With a turn around deadline of
a scant six weeks, her first task was to convert slides from 46 artists into digital images. The next agenda item was
to collect the statements and biographies of the artists plus the committee members. Most of which was accomplished
With Lonni’s vision for image layout, Steven went to work building the structure of the
CD in FLASH, an animation software program by Macromedia. Once the programming was in place, Cindy was under intense
pressure to assemble the images, statements, and biographical information into the structure before the ever-looming
deadline. When this Herculean task was accomplished, the team turned to Discmakers (www.discmakers.com) to reproduce
and package the CD-ROM Catalog in bulk.
The end result has garnered rave reviews from art critics, art collectors, art quilters,
and even Apple Computers. To obtain any or all of the 2001, 2002, 2003, or 2004 CD collections of Art Quilts, call the
Sedgwick Cultural Center at 215-248-9229 or order online at
For the prospectus of ArtQuilts at the Sedgwick 2006 send a SASE to:
646 Westview Street
Philadelphia PA 19119
ArtQuilts at the Sedgwick Mission Statement:AQATS CD-ROM Catalogs Article Contact Information
It is our mission to create a biennial East Coast venue for art quilts that will promote the contemporary quilt
as an art form. It is our intent to present contemporary quilts that reflect or embrace original, unique and
innovative methods incorporating impressive craftsmanship and technical prowess.
Sedgwick Cultural Center
7137 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119
CD Sales: www.AQATS.com
Deborah Schwartzman firstname.lastname@example.org
Cindy Friedman email@example.com
AQATS Committee - CD Catalog Production Manager
AQATS Volunteer Publicist Carolyn Lee Vehslage’s artwork is in private, corporate, gallery and museum collections
around the world. Her artwork is viewable online at www.clvquilts.com
Reviews of AQATS CD-ROM Catalogs
"The CD and the work it presents, is really marvelous. Congratulations on what must have been a magnificent
show! I especially liked how unique each artist's work and commentary was. Clearly a lot of thought and effort went
into bringing this group of works and artists together, and the catalog really communicates the complexity, depth
and variety of the work.” -- Paul Sonnenberg, Apple Computers
“Art quilts have evolved to the point where it no longer seems appropriate to call them by that name,
which subtly denies them the status of fine art.
“This insight comes courtesy of the third art-quilt exhibition at the Sedgwick Cultural Center in Mount
Airy. "Quilt" implies both function and a traditional way of making that imparts a regular, and limiting,
structure. But the "quilts" in this exhibition, by 46 artists from all over the country, regularly ignore
“Even the CD-ROM catalog is innovative." --Edward J. Sozanski, Art Critic, The Philadelphia Inquirer
“The best CD catalog I have encountered” --Sandra Sider, quilt artist and curator
“What a success! The CD Rom is fantastic. Karey Bresenhan asked for a contact because IQA is looking into a
better, more affordable way to produce a catalog for Houston. I sent her a rave review. I also mentioned that
the list of resources in the back is a very, very valuable set of contacts.
“On a more personal note: the colors on my quilt and the detail are spot-on accurate. I am so proud to be
included in this group of art quilters. Pass on my kudos to a really professional team who produced a knockout
show--my best to you in your quest to become THE East Coast Art Quilt Exhibition.” --Linda Colsh, quilt artist,
“It was a wonderful catalog. I'm always interested in seeing what's going on out there in the world of art quilts.
Books and the web are wonderful sources but often bear little resemblance to the actual work…seeing the whole as well
as a close-up of each was quite wonderful. I look forward to more CD catalogs - particularly if they are as well
produced as this one. --Susan Pel-Or, quilt artist, Israel
I really think you did an outstanding job on your CD. It's polished and professional looking and just overall great. –
Julie Duschack, quilt artist, USA
©2004 Carolyn Lee Vehslage
Carolyn Lee Vehslage’s artwork is in private, corporate, gallery and museum collections around the world.
Her artwork is viewable online at www.clvquilts.com