Ann Harwell is a native of Western NC and resides in Wendell, NC. She studied early education at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, NC. She is a self-taught fiber artist having learned to sew at an early age from her mother and grandmother.
Her works have been included in 74 exhibitions including a solo show at Lee Hansley Gallery in 2013, at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, CO; Quilt Visions in San Diego, Longview Museum of Fine Arts in Longview, Texas, New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA, Quilt National Touring Exhibit, National Orchid Art Society in Washington, DC, Quilt Nihon Tokyo Metropolitan Museum in Japan; Art in Embassies program in Kazakhstan, Peru, Guatemala and Indonesia; EUROGA, Monchengladbach, Germany; International Quilt Association; American Quilter’s Society.
Harwell’s works have been included in 83 juried exhibitions nationally including American Quilters Show and Contest in Paducah, KY, Craft USA Triennial in New Canaan, CT, International Quilt Association in Houston, TX, Quilt Nihon at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum which traveled to France, England, China and the United States, Pacific International Quilt in Santa Clara, CA, and International Quilt Week, Yokohoma, Japan.
Images of Harwell’s quilts have appeared in 42 publications including Our State Magazine, 100 Southern Artists, American Style Magazine, American Quilter Magazine, Fiber Arts Books 6 & 7, The Big Book of Quilting, National Geographic and Best in Contemporary Art Quilts.
Harwell has won 47 awards including the North Carolina Visual Artist Fellowship in 2000; International Quilters Association in Houston; best of show in the National Capitol Orchid Society in Washington, DC, NICHE Award, Philadelphia, PA in 2011 and 2003; Museum of American Quilters Society and the Gold Award in Quilt Nihon, Tokyo, Japan in 2003.
Her works can be seen in the collections of the City of Raleigh, Duke University Medical Center in Durham, Glen Raven Mills in Glen Raven, NC, Credit Suisse in Research Triangle Park, Targacept in Winston-Salem and Tharrington Smith Law Firm in Raleigh.