Carol Larson is a self-taught textile artist specializing in both narrative and abstract work. Her narrative work explores social and cultural values; such as beauty, women’s issues, sexual assault, social justice, aging, dementia, gun violence and climate change.
The solo exhibits of her narrative work include Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA; National Quilt Museum, Paducah, KY; San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA; and Park National Bank Gallery, University of Cincinnati Clermont College, Batavia Township, OH.
In her abstract work she is inspired by the patterns and textures of everyday life; the complexity of stonewalls, paths and passages, the fluidity of a kelp forest, the patterning of cracks in the sidewalk or blooms in various stages of degradation.
Her abstract work is in the corporate art collections of James Irvine Foundation in San Francisco, CA; Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Santa Rosa, CA and John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, CA as well as numerous private collections.
Her juried work has been shown at George Washington University Textile Museum, Washington, DC; American Foundation for Arts & Sciences, Paris, FR; Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, MI; Quilt National, Athens, OH amongst others. She has exhibited internationally in six countries.
She is a 2018 recipient of the Barbara Deming Memorial Award for her Defining Moments series. Additionally, she has served as a juror and lecturer for many organizations including Beyond the Comfort Zone at the Grace Hudson Museum, Ukiah CA; juror for Intertwined at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, CA and juror for Visionary 2020, for the ME/NH/VT regions of the Studio Art Quilt Associates. She has also served in a large variety of volunteer positions for arts and community organizations.
Her work has been featured in several publications, including: Art Quilting Studio, Stampington Publishing (2017), Exploring Fiber Art, E. Ashley Rooney and Anne Lee, Schiffer Publishing, (2017), Textile Fibre Forum, Australia (2016), The Washington Post (2016), Magic Patch (2016), Artists Culture (2015), Fabric Surface Design, Storey Publishing (2013), Furoshiki Fabric Wraps, C & T Publishing (2012), Surface Designers Handbook, Interweave Press (2006). Videos have included NPR Stories of Migration, George Washington University Textile Museum, (2016) and Quilt National17(2017).
She is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, and shares her life with her husband of 50 years and a sweet rescue pooch.
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