Denise A. Currier
Multi-Media Fiber Artist
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enise is an award winning Multi-media Fiber/Textile Artist with over 47 years of Art experience originally from the Sandia Mountain Range of Tijeras, New Mexico and resides in Mesa, Arizona for over 39 years. Beginnings as a sketch artist, photographer and watercolorist, she also prints her images with archival art ink mediums onto paper, fabric, coffee filters, and screen-prints with heat set techniques. Manipulated fabric, weavings, hand spun and knitted threads, copper and metal, handmade beads, screen prints, airbrush painting, fabric and thread/yarn dying, oils and watercolors are art medium elements that add to her art creations. Commission pieces include "The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation in Fiber" 2004© portraying the NFL Atlanta Falcons, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and The Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Atlanta, Georgia. The Seattle Museum Art Restoration Department, The Jewish Foundation inclusion of Whole Cloth pieces, the Mayo Clinic “Celebrate 20 Years of Caring in Arizona” 2007© 3 Art Panels in Fiber. Exhibiting Artist since 2005 with the  i.d.e.a Museum (formerly Arizona Museum for Youth) in Mesa, Arizona. Her art and hand written signature is registered with Museums permanent collections, private and public art collections.   Registered National Geographic Creative Artist 2016-2020.

    Fiber and Photography works of Denise’s have been in many Publications and traveled internationally. "A Single Tower" in fiber traveled for three years along with the publication "America: From the Heart- Quilters Remember September 11, 2001" © 2002. C&T Publication, Inc. "Moda" and "P&B Textiles" Fabric Challenge travel exhibits. Her Photography was chosen for the publication "America At The Millennium-Best Photos of the 20th Century" from The International Library of Photography and the year 2002 and 2003 publications. Mayo Clinic Magazine Summer 2007 issue cover story, ‘500 Art Quilts’ Larks Books Publication and Phoenix Home and Gardens December 2013 issue. Artist pictorial insert for the 2005-08 Shemer Museum Calendar, Phoenix, Arizona and the Mayo Clinic Calendar. Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) art quilt Quarterly Issue No. 8, 2017.  Artwork and Story Writing in "Fly Me to the Moon", 2017 , "HERStory", 2018 and "OURstory", 2019 by SCHIFFER PUBLISHING, Ltd. 2020-2022 Work published in EXPLORING Art Quilts  with STUDIO ART QUILT ASSOCIATES, INC volume1, volume2 and volume3.   

  Denise has organized as Vice chairwoman and directed community visual art projects within Arizona; Mesa Arts and Culture Festival, MACFest, 2008-12; “The Art Wraps” Main St. Mesa, Arizona, 2007-2008 and “Little Lands in Fiber with Arizona Kids” 2009© with Arizona Art Education and Arizona Museum for Youth exhibits and education programs. Organized and directed the Arizona Quilters Guild Association, Mavericks “The Community Fiber Link” 2004-06 travel exhibit. Production of Art Calendars and freelanced writing Artist Spotlights and photography inserts for local Newsprint circulations since 2008. She was selected to Juror/Curate the Art Quilts XIX at Chandler Center for the Arts 2014-15 AZ Exhibit.

ecipient of the 2002 Rudy Turk Award presented by Arizona Designer Craftsmen from Arizona State University, ASU, “Originality, excellent technique and a well-executed application” says Rudy Turk, ASU art Professor/philanthropist; 2007 Tohono Chul Park Museum Artist Honorable Mention Award; Many National/International Quilt exhibition awards.

    2004-2023 Exhibits include: Artist traveling Solo Exhibit called “Retrospective - Colorful visions of life in the Southwest” 2008©; Mayo Clinic Arizona/Rochester; i.d.e.a Museum (formerly Arizona Museum for Youth), Mesa; Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa; Tempe Art Center & Public Art Spaces, Tempe; Phoenix Airport Museum/Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix; The Phoenix Art Museum; Robert Roman Gallery and Textures Art Space, Scottsdale; Yavapai College Art Gallery and The Phippen Art Museum’ Prescott; Shemer Art Center and Museum, Phoenix; Tohono Chul Park, Tucson; Tubac Center of the Arts, Tucson; Vision Gallery, Chandler; Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery "Art Quilts" V through XXI; Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale; Museum of Fine Art Las Cruces, New Mexico; International Quilt Festival and International Quilt Market.  Her commission pieces include the Mayo Clinic “Celebrate 20 Years of Caring in Arizona” 2007© 3 Art Panels in Fiber. Art Quilts in the International Travel exhibits and Schiffer Publications are "Fly Me to the Moon" 2016, "HERstory" 2017 and ”OURstory" 2018. Local exhibits in Phoenix Airport Museum/Sky Harbor International Airport “Water in the Desert” , the i.d.e.a. Museum, Mesa, AZ “Roadside USA”, Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, AZ "In The Present" and the i.d.e.a. Museum, Mesa, AZ “Art of the Story".

ost would agree that the beauty in everything reflects my philosophy.  My personal art aspirations are themes from occurrences with Life’s complexities that afford the permission to play.  In-studio play leans towards a whimsical series of those reflections.  Visual interests are influenced by the Desert and Mountain ranges with travels and surrounding studio activity.  The enjoyment of bringing outdoor fresh air into the home is how I derived from a young age, with a daily ritual and passion to create upon freedom in time and space. Completion of a piece is crucial to my personal growth while my mind is then steered into the next inspired design.  I stress the importance of observation and attention to detail, which keeps me be inquisitive and inspires my new ideas.  Art is in each of us. We who choose and afford the freedom to express will appreciate critique from those of understanding and instill self satisfaction with completion of the artwork itself.  Something from nothing natural or synthetic brings attention. May we as artists walk a path that creates a destination most desire and admire.


Public Art Travel Exhibitions
Mayo Celebrating 20 Years of Caring in Arizona (3 Art Panels in Fiber) - National 2016-22
“OURstory”, “HERStory", "Fly Me to the Moon" International Travel Exhibition’s 
2007-22 Phoenix Airport Museum/Sky Harbor International Airport; "Water in the Desert"; "Arizona Weather", “Art of Cloth”, “Birds, Blooms and Bugs, “LovN AZ's Beauty”, “On the Ball”   
Sky Harbor Museum Permanent Collection Exhibits;
"Persistent Plants & Desert Dwellers" , "Nature's Materials Fiber and Wood Art"
Premiered at Houston International Quilt Festival consecutively"OURstory"  International Travel Exhibition OURstory           HERstory
Fly Me To The Moon
2005-22 i.d.e.a. Museum (formerly Arizona Museum for Youth) - Mesa, Arizona 2004-06 “The Community Fiber Link” 2004©; A 20 participant Fiber
Travel Exhibit; Curator and Organizer - Denise A. Currier - Phoenix-Metro Area
2016-20 National Geographic Creative Artist 2002-04 Travel Exhibit of works from "America: From the Heart" C&T Publication Inc. Curator - Karey Bresenhan; Galleries and Museum Venues - International
2004-14 NFL Team, Atlanta Falcons - Atlanta, Georgia   2001 Travel Library Exhibit "Fiber Meets Fiction" -  Phoenix-Metro, Arizona
2014 Tempe Art Center  “Summer of Love” - Tempe, Arizona 1999-00 "P&B Textiles" Fabric Challenge - National
2006-12 Tempe Town Library Gallery - Tempe, Arizona 1998 "Moda" Fabric Challenge - National
2004-11 Tohono Chul Park - Tucson, Arizona
Quilt Exhibits
2004 Seattle Art Museum, Art Restoration Department -  Seattle, Washington 2023 The Vision Gallery; Art Quilts XXVIII 
2004 Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation - Atlanta, Georgia 1998 - 2018 International Quilt Market and Festival; “OURstory”, "HERStory", “Fly Me to the Moon”; Jurors Award "Quilts: A World of Beauty"; "America: From the Heart, Honorable Mention - Houston, Texas
Mountain Sky Guest Ranch - Atlanta, Georgia 2017 The Chandler Center of the Arts Gallery; SAQA Exhibit "EXPOSURES: An Exhibition of Textile Arts" (Awarded Best of Show & Honorable Mention)  -  Chandler, Arizona
2003 Childrens Rehabilitation Services (CRS); St. Joseph Hospital - Phoenix, Arizona 2000-2018 The Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery; Art Quilts V - XXII
2002-03 Phoenix Airport Museum/Sky Harbor International Airport; 2014-15 ADC: "Changing Tides"  Phoenix, Arizona
"Flight Patterns" Aviation-inspired quilts; "Steeped in Traditions: The Contemporary Art of Tea" -  Phoenix, Arizona 2008

Habit for Humanities - Arizona
International Quilt Festival/SAQA; Fiber Representation -  Chicago, Illinois
2002 Arizona Science Center - Phoenix, Arizona 2001-03
Arizona Quilters Guild / ASU-West; Second Place - Bed Quilt Mixed Technique - Phoenix, Arizona
2001 Ironwood Public Library - Phoenix, Arizona 2002 Arizona Science Center; A Home and Family 2002 Quilt Show, Viewers Choice Award - Phoenix, Arizona
1996-97 Yavapai College Art Gallery - Prescott, Arizona 1997 Arizona Quilters Guild; Third Place - Bed Quilt; Second Place - Wall Quilt - Phoenix, Arizona
1995-98 Mesa Art Center Galleria and Tempe Art Gallery -  Mesa and Tempe, Arizona
Art Programs

Artist Solo Exhibitions 2014-15 Art Quilts XIX, Curator/Juror, Chandler Center for the Arts,  Arizona
2008 Shemer Museum Front Gallery; “Retrospective - Colorful visions of life in the Southwest” - Phoenix, Arizona 2008-12 Mesa Arts and Culture Festival, MACFest, Vice Chair - Mesa, Arizona
2005-07 Mayo Clinic; “AZ Botanical Journey” 2004© - Scottsdale, Arizona 2008-09 “The ART Wraps”; Director - Mesa, Arizona
Narthex Art Building - Phoenix, Arizona 2009 Arizona Museum for Youth (AMY); “Little Lands in Fiber with Arizona Kids” 2009© Director/Organizer - Mesa, Arizona

2004-06 “The Community Fiber Link” 2004©; Artist Curated travel group exhibit -  Phoenix-Metro Area

Published Work
Exhibitions 2023 SAQA notecards  -  STUDIO ART QUILT ASSOCIATES, INC
2002-19 Shemer Art Center and Museum; “In The Present” Arizona Designer Craftsmen;"Random Art of Kindness" Arizona Designer Craftsmen; "CITY: Perspectives on Phoenix in Mixed-Media"; "Process in Time" Photography in Fiber; Arizona “Home”; “It Doesn’t Match My Sofa” ; “Entwined Contemporary Fiber Art”; "Coloring Outside the Lines" and "Sense and Sensibility"; Studio Art QuiltsAssociation (SAQA) - Phoenix, Arizona 2020-22 EXPLORING Art Quilts  with STUDIO ART QUILT ASSOCIATES, INC
Volume 1, New Directions    
Volume 2, Around the World   
Volume 3, Museum Quality
2017-18 Arizona Designer Craftsmen, ADC ; "Inspire"  -  AE England Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona 2019 OURstory Quilts: Human Rights Stories in Fabric
2014-15 Vision Gallery  Surface Design Association, SDA; “Explorations”  - Chandler, Arizona 2018 HERstory Quilts: A Celebration of Strong Women
HERstory - National Quilt Museum Artist Spotlight
2014-15 Arizona Designer Craftsmen, ADC; “Changing Tides” - Phoenix Center for the Arts, Arizona 2017
Fly Me to the Moon: An Art Quilt Journey
2010 Mesa Contemporary Arts; “Arizona Designer Craftsmen 50 Year Celebration” - Mesa, Arizona 2017 Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) art quilt Quarterly Issue No. 8, 2017
2007-09 Gallery 100; Arizona Designer Craftsmen (ADC), ASU - Tempe, Arizona 2014 “Art & Healing at Mayo Clinic” Book
2001-07 Tohono Chul Park; Fiber Art - Tucson, Arizona 2013 Phoenix Home and Garden, December issue
2007 Tohono Chul Park; Arizona Designer Craftsmen, Honorable Mention - Tucson, Arizona 2008-12
Mesa Republic ‘Artist Spotlight’ MESA NEWS column & Downtown Mesa - Photography - Mesa, Arizona
2006 The Center for Fine Art Photography - Denver Airpark and Fort Collins, Colorado 2008-12
Artist Spotlights: Mesa Republic, Mesa Tribune and Independent - Mesa, Arizona
2006 The Chandler Center of the Arts Gallery; "Tied Together" - Chandler, Arizona 2008-12 Mesa Republic ‘ -  Mesa, Arizona
2005-06 Vision Gallery; Mixed media Exhibit - Chandler, Arizona 2010 “500 Art Quilts” Lark Books Publications - International
2005 Tubac Center for the Arts; ADC - Tubac, Arizona 2005-08 Shemer Art Museum Art Calendar - Phoenix, Arizona
2004-05 Museum of Fine Art Las Cruces; “Challenging Tradition: New Directions in Fiber” SAQA - Las Cruces, New Mexico 2007 Mayo Clinic Magazine front Cover Summer issue - International
2004 Yavapai College Art Gallery; ADC - Prescott, Arizona 2007 Mavericks Fiber A2007rt Calendar - Arizona
2003 The Phippen Art Museum; "Western Threads: Fiber Arts in the American West" - Prescott, Arizona 2006-07 Mayo Clinic Art Calendar - Scottsdale, Arizona
2002 Mesa Contemporary Art Gallery; "Steeped in Traditions: The Contemporary Art of Tea" - Mesa, Arizona 2003-04 International Library of Photography; "Best Photos of 2002", 2003 and 2004 - International
2002 10th Annual Bisbee Fiber Arts; "The America's" - Bisbee, Arizona 2002 C & T Publishing Inc., "America: From the Heart" – International Fiber Piece with Artist Statement in response to September 11th , 2001
2001 Quintessence Fine Art Gallery; ADC - Chandler, Arizona 2000 International Library of Photography; "America At The Millennium Best Photos of the 20th Century – International
1998 International Quilt Market and Festival - Houston, Texas
Grant Awards

Governor Invitational 2010-12 The Chandler Center of the Arts Gallery - Art Quilts XV and XVI, Viewer Choice Award - Chandler, Arizona
1996 Phoenix Super Bowl XXX - Arizona Representative Artist - Phoenix, Arizona 2007 Jurors Award Tohono Chul Park - Tuscon, Arizona

Public, Permanent and Private Collections 2002 Recipient of the Arizona State University "Rudy Turk Award"; Presented by Arizona Designer Craftsmen

Phoenix Airport Museum/Sky Harbor International Airport, Mayo Clinic Hospital/Clinic, Phoenix / Scottsdale, Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, Flight Museum, Mesa, Arizona, Atlanta Falcons NFL, Arthur M. BlankFoundation, Georgia,and many private collections. 2002 International Quilt Festival "Quilts: A World of Beauty" Jurors
Award - Houston, Texas