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. Initially I used a variety of 2-D and 3-D software to create my designs, but for the past several years I have used Photoshop to modify and layer my photos and abstract images.

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. For the past fifteenl years I have had my computer designs directly printed on cloth before quilting; this process enables me to create more complex designs.


My quilts have been shown in the juried and invited national exhibitions listed below. I have received the following awards: the Surface Design Award at the Quilt Visions 2008 exhibition; the New Directions Award at Interpretations 2017, the Jill Le Croissette Memorial Award at Quilt Visions 2018, and the Miriam Machell Award for Beauty at Interpretations 2019.

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; The California Art Quilt Revolution, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles; Breakout: Quilt Visions 2016, Visions Art Museum, San Diego.

2017: Quilt National 2017, Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH; Interpretations: Conversations, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA.

2018: Art Quilt Elements 2018, Wayne Art Center. Wayne, PA; Quilt Visions 2018: Connections, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA.

2019: Interpretations 2019: Rhapsody, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, Oct. 18 - Jan. 5.

2020: Aloft (SAQA traveling exhibition), showing at AQS Quiltweek, Daytona, FL, Feb. 26 -29, Lancaster, PA, March 25-28, and Paducah, KY, April 22-25; Southern California Contemporary Quilts, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA., Aug. 1 - Oct. 25, Quilt Visions 2020, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, Oct. 17 - Jan. 3, 2021.



All images copyrighted by Daniel B. Olfe