Kemper-O'Neil, Gloria

Quilting with mixed media

My work embodies female energy, images, abstracts, colors, and shapes that inspire me. I do non-traditional quilting. I enjoy exploring, breaking the rules and being open to the unexpected. This freedom brings about many surprises. When I'm doing my art I'm dancing a Sacred dance!

My love for sewing came to me from my grandmother who taught me how to sew on her Singer treadle sewing machine. She also taught me how to embroider but I loved the sewing machine. It was faster! That was a long time ago.

I am a fiber artist, a retired R.N. and a grandmother. Today I sew on a state-of-the-art electric sewing machine and a giant longarm quilting machine.

In my free time I enjoy knitting, golfing, mountain hiking and daily yoga.

Professional Affiliations:

* American Quilter's Society
* Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY, Member
* Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists (LAFTA), Member
* Louisville Artisans Guild (LAG), Juried Member
* Louisville Visual Art Association (LVAA), Member
* Women in the Arts, Indianapolis, IN., Member


* The Leo, January 17 & October 10, 2007, Arts & Entertainment Section, Louisville, KY
* NWMF, 2007 Program Cover, Tee Shirts, Mugs
* Sunday Herald Newspaper, April 15, 2007, "Who's Who in KY Arts & Crafts", Hart County, KY
* We 'Moon 2004 & 2005 Datebook, Mother Tongue, Ink. Estacada, OR
* Magic Patch Magazine, Lyon, France, Issue #18, 2004


* 3rd Place Music Theme for "Melody du Jour",2007 LAG Annual Show, Embroiderers' Guild of America Gallery, Louisville, KY
* 1st Place for "Celestial Delight", 2007 LAFTA Annual Grab Bag Challenge, Louisville,KY
* Honorable Mention for "Kuan Yin", 2006 13th Annual Juried Art Exhibit, Krempp Gallery, Jasper Arts Center, Jasper, IN
* 1st Place 2-Dimensional, for "Tribal Woman", 2004 NWMF Juried Fine Art Exhibit, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
* Honorable Mention, for "Don't Sass Me", An American Experience 2003, Associated Artists, Winston-Salem, NC
* E.Hailey Most Expressive Award for “Tribal Woman”, 2003 Louisville Craftsmen's Guild, Louisville, KY

Selected Exhibitions:

* 2008 Virginia Woodward's Office, West Wing of State Capitol, Frankfort, KY
* 2002-2008 Juried LAG Annual Shows, Various Galleries, Louisville, KY * 2007 "Sacred Wild Nature", Invitational Show, UzoMa Gallery, Louisville, KY
* 2006-2007 13th & 14th Annual Juried Art Exhibit, Jasper Arts Center Krempp Gallery, Jasper, IN
* 2007 Juried LAFTA Show, Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY
* 2007 Juried 15th Annual Art Quilt Exhibit, Aullwood Audubon Center, Dayton, OH
* 2006 Juried LAFTA Exhibition, Actors Theatre Gallery, Louisville, KY
* 2006 KY Heritage Quilt Society Annual Show, Baer Gallery, Louisville, KY
* 2006 "6 Women Turning 60 in 2006", Thrust Theater, Louisville, KY
* 2006 Juried "Women of Wisdom", Bernheim Gallery, Louisville Free Public Library, Louisville, KY
* 2005 Juried LAFTA Exhibition, Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY
* 2004 Juried Annual Members' Show, Womanmade Gallery, Chicago, IL
* 2004 Dimensions, Juried, AAWS Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
* 2004 "Puppy Love/etc.", Juried, How Original Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
* 2004 Spring Obsession, Juried, Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys, CA
* 2004 Women's History Month, Juried Show, Boise State University, Boise, ID
* 2004 Atomic Art Show, Juried, Art Center @ Fuller Lodge, Los Alamos, NM
* 2003 Water Tower Annual, Juried, LVAA Water Tower, Louisville, KY
* 2003 An American Experience, Juried, Associated Artists Winston-Salem, NC
* 2003 Mother Earth II Juried Show, Grailville Center, Loveland, OH
* 2003 Wrapped in Cloth, Juried, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ
* 2003 Black & White Show, Juried, Art Center @ Fuller Lodge, Los Alamos, NM

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