Naomi S Adams Austin Quilter of Killer Bee Designs



Naomi S. (Adams) Velasquez is an Associate Professor of Art in the Department of Art at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. She serves as Chair for the Department of Art and Coordinator for the Fiber Media and Papermaking areas. Additionally, she teaches foundations courses including Drawing and Design.

Naomi is an award winning contemporary textile and book artist. Her artwork is consistently shown internationally and nationally and in diverse venues ranging from galleries to public works installations. Naomi holds an M.F.A. from the University of North Texas in Studio Art, Fibers. Naomi’s work has been juried into Quilt National 2011 and 2021, and received the “Most Innovative Use of the Medium Award” in 2011. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections including the University of Denver Library, Emory University Library, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the University of North Texas Special Collection.


For detailed credential information:

PDF CV: Naomi S. Velasquez CV

Artist Statement: Naomi S Velasquez Artist Statement 2021

Selected Recent Awards:

2019, Outstanding Visual Artist Award, Pocatello Arts Council

2019, Best Use of Non-Traditional Quilting Techniques Award, Gallery One, The Ties that Bind Exhibition

2018, Idaho Art Educator of the Year, Idaho Art Education Association

2018, Award for Creative Innovation, Fort Collins Lincoln Center, 36th Annual New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts Exhibition

2017, The Schweinfurth Award for Excellence, Schweinfurth Art Center, 2017 Quilts = Art = Quilts

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Portland Community College, Paragon Gallery: Intersections, Portland, Oregon, 2017.

Structural Language, George S. & Dolores Dore Eccles Gallery Center for Arts & Media, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2017.

Connecting Threads, Salt Lake City Public Library – Marmalade Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2017.

Structural Language, Esvelt Gallery, Pasco, Washington, 2016.

Naomi S. Adams, Joan Derryberry Art Gallery, Cookeville, Tennessee, 2013.

Tangential, Davis Gallery, Pocatello, Idaho, 2012.

Interface, Cora Stafford Gallery, Denton, Texas, 2012.