About the Artist: 

Lura Schwarz Smith

Lura Schwarz Smith has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from San Francisco State University. As well as graphic and illustration art, she has been producing art quilts since 1975, originally showing in California galleries throughout the 70s and 80s. In the 90s she showed quilts and received awards at regional, national, and international quilt shows, both in the US and abroad.  Several highlights of her career in the quilt world are that one of her quilts was named one of the “100 Best American Quilts of the 20th Century,” and she was included in the “30 Distinguished Quilt Artists of the World” exhibit at the first Tokyo Dome quilt show in 2002 in Japan.

Lura’s work has been juried into many prestigious art quilt shows such as Quilt National, Quilt Visions, SAQA’s Creative Force, Quilts=Art=Quilts, and other gallery and museum shows. Her work is in Children’s Hospital of Madera, CA, and private collections across the country. She is a professional artist member of Studio Art Quilt Associates. With her husband Kerby Smith, she is co-author of “Secrets of Digital Quilting: From Camera to Quilt.” Teaching and sharing her techniques with students is an important part of her fiber art career.

As well as fiber art, over the past years Lura has been focusing on oil, acrylic and pastel painting. She is a member of Yosemite Western Artists, and regularly attends the Portrait and Plein Air groups.

Selected Exhibitions and Shows:


  • “Union” invitational exhibit, Treetop Gallery, Mariposa Arts Council, Mariposa, CA
  • “A Week in the Park” exhibit, Gallery 5, Oakhurst CA
  • Yosemite Western Artists Tri-County Art Show, Gallery 5, Oakhurst, CA


  • Solo exhibition at The Body Pastiche, Oakhurst, CA


  • “Quilted Conversations,” with Kerby Smith, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, CA
  • “Quilts=Art=Quilts,” Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY
  • Valley Children’s Hospital, commissioned work, Madera, CA
  • “Dual Perspectives,” with Kerby Smith, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA
  • “The Figure Revealed,” Stellar Gallery, Oakhurst, CA


  • Muzeo of Anaheim, CA Contemporary Art Quilts (invitational, 2 works)
  • “Figure It,” Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH (invitational, 2 works)
  • FAVA “The Artist as Quiltmaker XVI,” Oberlin, OH
  • Treetop Gallery, Mariposa, CA
  • Chris Sorensen Studios and Gallery, Fresno, CA “Nudes in November”
  • Quilt Nat’l 13, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA


  • Quilt National 2013, Dairy Barn, Columbus, OH (plus other venues in the travelling show)
  • “Double Vision,” duo show with Kerby Smith, Gallery 1821, Fresno, CA
  • Latimer Quilt & Textile Center, solo exhibit, “Drawn to Fabric,” Tillamook, OR
  • New Coast Gallery, “Transformations,” Palo Alto, CA


  • American Quilters Society Show at Des Moines, IA
  • Fibre Arts Design Gallery, Palo Alto, Ca “Anima” & “Small Works
  • San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, CA “Quilt National at SJMQT”
  • Empty Spools at Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA: Artist in Residence


  • Quilt National 2011, Dairy Barn, Columbus, OH (plus other venues in the traveling show)
  • Internat’l Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, judged show (with Kerby Smith)
  • “Fiber Optics” CFA group show, Bakersfield Museum of Art, CA
  • “Text & Texture” CFA group show, Gallery 48, Folsom, CA


  • La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, La Conner, WA: solo exhibit
  • Quilt Visions 2010, Oceanside Museum of Art, CA (with Kerby Smith)
  • PIQF special exhibit (with Kerby Smith) “From Camera to Quilt”
  • Creative Force 2010, IQF Houston, Long Beach, other venues
  • “Quilts=Art=Quilts” Schweinfurth Museum, Auburn, NY
  • The Quilt Show, Episode 702 (with Kerby Smith)


  • Chris Sorensen Studio Gallery, Fresno, CA: Canvas, Quilt, Stone: 4 Artists
  • Arts Visalia, CA: CA Fiber Artists
  • Yosemite Western Artists Tri-County Art show, Oakhurst, CA


  • Quilt Visions 08, Oceanside Museum of Art, CA
  • Greater Chicago Quilt Exposition III, special 2-artist invitational exhibit


  • Taku Gallery, Finland (CFA group show)
  • Translations Gallery, Denver, CO (CFA group show)
  • Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL (CFA group show)


  • “Women in Harmony” 3-artist show, Arts Visalia, Visalia, CA
  • International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
  • Los Gatos Museum of Art, Los Gatos, CA (CFA group show)


  • Alameda Art Center, Alameda, CA (CFA group show)
  • Auburn Art Center, Auburn, CA (CFA group show)
  • Pacific International Quilt Festival, “In the Abstract” Invitational Exhibit


  • International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX (and 2003, 1999, 1998, 1996)
  • “Simply Quilts” HGTV, episode #1016


  • AQS Show & Contest, Paducah, KY (and 1998)


  • “30 Distinguished Quilt Artists of the World,” Tokyo, Japan


  • Quilt Expo Europa VII (and Expos 2000, 1996, 1990) France, Germany


  • “100 Best American Quilts of the 20th Century,” IQF, Houston, TX


  • Solo show, Elizabeth Fortner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA