Biographical Information: Dan Olfe
Although art was an important part of my early life, my college education was in science and engineering (B.S.E. from Princeton and a Ph.D. from Caltech). I started making quilts in 1997, after a career as an engineering professor (primarily at the University of California, San Diego).
Because of my experience in developing and teaching a computer graphics course, it was natural for me to create my quilt designs on a computer. I currently use a variety of 2-D and 3-D software, and find it particularly exciting to create a 3-D world on the computer, from which I can extract a unique image.
My early quilts were cotton wall hangings that I machine pieced and quilted. To gain more control over colors and design details, I next made whole cloth quilts that I hand painted and then quilted. During the past several years I have had my computer designs directly printed on cloth before quilting; this process enables me to create more complex designs.
I described my quilts and design techniques in an interview on the HGTV show “Simply Quilts,” which aired first in spring 2005. My work was featured in a San Diego Union article on Sept. 24, 2006, and is posted on the newspaper website along with an audio/slideshow of my work: http://www.utsandiego.com/more/madeinsandiego/quilter/index.html.
My quilts have been shown in the juried and invited national exhibitions listed below. At Quilt Visions 2008 my quilt Terra Incognita received the Surface Design Award from the Surface Design Association.
2002-2004: Quilt 21: American Art Quilts (2002); Pushing the Surface 2003; Changing Definitions: The Art Quilt (2004); and Quilt Visions 2004.
2005: Alegre Retreat Art Quilt Show, Sweeny Center, Santa Fe, NM; Pushing the Surface 2005, Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, Coshocton, OH; Fine Art Quilts 2005, Jay Etkin Gallery, Memphis, TN; Quilts!, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; and Best of SAQA at the International Quilt Market/Festival, Houston, TX.
2006: Textile Expressions: Contemporary Art Quilts, Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Santa Barbara, CA; Fiber/Fabric, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA; Transformations '06: Artists Working with Fibers, at the Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England; Expressions: The Art Quilt 2006, Tims Art Quilt Studio and Gallery, Le Veta, CO; and Quilt Visions 2006, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA.
2007: Quilt National '07, Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center, Athens, OH; Pushing the Surface 2007, Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, Coshocton, OH;Transformations '07: Reverberations, at the Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England; and Ray Tracings (solo exhibition), La Jolla Fiber Arts, La Jolla, CA.
2008: Quilt Visions 2008, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA; New Focus, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR.
2009: Modern Materials, [Artspace] at Untitled, Oklahoma City, OK; Interpretations 2009, Visions Art Quilt Gallery, San Diego, CA.
2010: ITAB: International TECHstyle Art Biennial, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA.
2011: Celebrate!, exhibition for the National Quilt Museum's 20th anniversary, Paducah, KY; exhibition at the Preston Contemporary Art Center, Mesilla, NM; Interpretations 2011, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA.
2012: Male Call: Quilts Made by Men, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO; ITAB International TECHstyle Art Biennial 2012, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA.
2013: Quilt National '13, Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center, Athens, OH.
2014: Art Quilt Elements 2014, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA; 32nd Annual New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts, Fort Collins, CO.
2015: Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters, Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles; Pushing the Surface, Johnson-Humerickhouse Museum, Coshocton, OH; SIGGRAPH 2015 Conference, Los Angeles Convention Center; Interpretations, Visions Art Museum.
2016: Art Quilt Elements, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, March 18 - April 30; The California Art Quilt Revolution, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, Oct. 7, 2016 - Jan. 15, 2017; Breakout: Quilt Visions 2016, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, Oct. 15, 2016 - Jan. 8, 2017.
2017: Quilt National 2017, Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH, May 27 - Sept. 4; Interpretations: Conversations, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA, Oct. 21 - Jan. 7, 2018.
All images copyrighted by Daniel B. Olfe