Polly Bech

Polly Bech

    Studio & Gallery

    Swarthmore, PA 19081

    Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

    Quilted Works

    Artist's Statement

    I quilt because it ties things together. I quilt because it involves many processes: it is a form of collage and design and construction, it can incorporate painting and printmaking, it pulls together ideas, lays them out and stitches them together. I can capture nature in the photosensitive process of solar printing on fabric, incorporating a time and place in the natural world into my art. A quilt does not just have surface design, the quilting stitches add depth, design on design. I quilt because it took the place of oil painting for me when I became pregnant and did not wish to breathe toxic fumes, because when I stopped working as a professional computer graphics designer, quilting became an outlet for ideas. Making quilts ties me to a tradition, a tradition mostly female, of creating order out of scraps, out of necessity.

    I quilt because it brings a tiny bit of order to my tiny bit of the world.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    2010
    Creative Living Room, Swarthmore, PA

    2005
    Newtown Library, Newtown Square, PA

    Group
    2021
    Textiles in Translation, Williamsport, PA
    Art Quilt Juried Exhibition

    2020
    Preserving the Legacy Quilt Exhibit, Swarthmore, PA

    2019
    Delaware County Studio Tour, Heron Crest Studios, Aston, PA
    Abstract, Sebastopol, CA
    National Juried Exhibition

    Sacred Threads, Herndon, VA
    National Juried Art Quilt Exhibition

    New Work: Melissa Husted Sherman and Polly Dressler Bech, Swarthmore, PA

    2018
    The Hometown Collective Fine Craft & Art Sale, Media, PA

    November Featured Artist, Gallery on Park, Swarthmore, PA

    Material Matters, Brooklyn, NY
    National Juried Art Exhibition

    Responses to Gee’s Bend, Swarthmore, PA
    National Juried Art Exhibition

    Haverford Guild of Craftsmen Summer Fine Art & Craft Show, Rosemont, PA2

    12th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, GoggleWorks, Reading, PA

    2017
    The Hometown Collective Fine Craft & Art Sale, Media, PA

    Haverford Guild of Craftsmen Fine Art & Craft Show, Rosemont, PA

    Interpretations: Conversations,San Diego, CA
    National Juried Art Quilt Exhibition

    Sacred Threads, Herndon, VA
    National Juried Art Quilt Exhibition

    2016
    Haverford Guild of Craftsmen Fine Art & Craft Show, Newtown Square, PA

    The Hometown Collective Fine Craft & Art Sale, Media, PA

    Connected by Stitch, Williamsport, PA
    Juried Art Quilt Exhibition

    Lasting Impressions: Art Quilts 2016, Lowell, MA
    National Juried Exhibition

    2015
    The Hometown Collective Fine Craft & Art Sale, Media, PA

    Sacred Threads, Herndon, VA
    National Juried Art Quilt Exhibition

    Lancaster County Art Association National Juried Exhibition, Strasburg, PA

    focus – exploring our regional sense of place, Montrose, PA
    Fiber Award

    2014
    The Hometown Collective Fine Craft & Art Sale, Media, PA

    Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival, La Conner, WA
    International Juried Exhibition

    New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts(National Juried Exhibition), Ft. Collins, CO

    Tri-State Quilt Competition, The Quilt Fest of New Jersey X, Somerset, NJ

    2013
    The Hometown Collective Fine Craft & Art Sale, Media, PA

    Alumni Art Exhibition, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA

    2012
    The Hometown Collective Fine Craft & Art Sale, Media, PA

    Hands All Around, Houston, TX
    National Juried Art Quilt Exhibition

    2011
    Interpretations 2011, San Diego, CA
    National Juried Art Quilt Exhibition

    Focus on Color, Fredericksburg, VA
    National Juried Art Quilt Exhibition

    Lancaster County Art Association National Juried Exhibition, Strasburg, PA

    2010
    Quilt Visions 2010: No Boundaries, San Diego, CA
    National Art Quilt Juried Exhibition

    Innovations in Fiberart V, Sebastopol, CA
    National Juried Fiber Art Exhibition

    The May Show, Gualala, CA
    National Juried Exhibition

    2009
    Community Arts Center Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, Media, PA

    Art Quilts Lowell 2009, Lowell, MA
    National Juried Exhibition

    SAQA: Musings, Grand Rapids, MI
    National Juried Art Quilt Exhibition

    National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2009, Wichita, KS
    Juried Exhibition

    Recent Work: Melissa Husted-Sherman & Polly Dressler Bech Swarthmore, PA

    2008
    PA National Quilt Extravaganza XV, Harrisburg, PA
    National Juried Exhibition

    SAQA Amazing Art Quilts, Staunton, VA
    National Juried Exhibition

    I-4 Corridor: Stretching Threads Across Florida, Orlando, FL
    National Juried Exhibition

    2007
    PA National Quilt Extravaganza XIV, Harrisburg, PA
    National Juried Exhibition

    New Art from an American Tradition, Williamsburg, VA
    National Juried Art Quilt Exhibition

    2006
    Surface Tension: Contemporary Quilt Art, Union, NJ
    National Juried Exhibition

    Expressions: The Art Quilt, La Veta, CO
    National Juried Exhibition

    FAVA: Artist as Quiltmaker XII, Oberlin, OH
    National Juried Exhibition

    2005
    Undercover Quilters Show, Brookhaven, PA

    PA National Quilt Extravaganza XII, Quilts of the Delaware Valley, Ft. Washington, PA

    2004
    Friends of the Arts 2-Person Show, Swarthmore, PA

    2000
    DCCC Annual Art Show for County Residents, Media, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Artist's Bibliography

    2020
    "Member Spotlight: Polly Bech", Surface Design Association blog, February 12

    2019
    "A Solar Printing Obsession”, Art Quilting Studio Magazine, Spring

    2015
    "Featured Artist”, Studio Art Quilt Associates, April

    Affiliations

    Gallery on Park, Swarthmore, PA
    Studio Art Quilt Associates
    Surface Design Association
    Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA 
    Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen (Haverford Guild), Haverford, PA

    Education

    1990 - Present
    Continuing Education
    Workshops with Linda Colsh, Lonni Rossi, Jan Myers-Newbury, Jane Dunnewold, Judy Langille, Carol Taylor, and others

    1983
    Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

    1981
    Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
    BA, Art

    1980
    Sir John Cass School of Art/London Guildhall University, London, England