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Joy Saville
Princeton, NJ
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Born in Nebraska, Joy Saville attended the University of Nebraska and in 1990 spent a sabbatical at the Julian Ashton School of Art in Sydney, Australia. Saville has received Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 1982, 1987 and 1996. She has lectured at The American Center in Moscow, Russia, The Michener Museum, New Jersey State Museum, the Noyes Museum, The Newark Museum, and Rutgers University.

As Saville states, “in 1986, I developed a technique that allows me to manipulate color instead of repeating a pattern, as is usually done with traditional patchwork techniques. This new approach produces a subtle but densely-textured painterly surface. Visually, there is a constant interplay of light, texture and color.”

Her work has received the Juror's Commendation Award in the Chautauqua Int'l for Fiber Art exhibition and the Juror's Choice Award in the Museum of American Folk Art’s Quilt Collection exhibition. She has had numerous group shows in New Jersey and has participated in various invitational and juried exhibits throughout the United States and abroad. Saville has received commissions from both private corporations and individuals. Public collections include American Craft Museum, HBO/Time Warner, Wilmington Trust, H.J. Heinz, Johnson & Johnson, Pepsico, The Newark Museum, and Colorado Mountain Bell Telephone Co. Her work is published in many anthologies and reviewed in The Surface Design Journal,Home Textiles Today, Fiberarts and The New York Times.

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