News and Information
HOUSTON—January 31, 2024—Quilts, Inc., producers of International Quilt Festival and International Quilt Market, announced today that Christa Parker has been named the new Manager of Special Exhibits. While Becky Navarro—who previously held the position and has retired—will take a new part-time role as Sponsorship Coordinator.
Parker was promoted to the position from her previous post as Special Exhibits Assistant. She will oversee and coordinate all of the quilts on display at all editions of Quilts, Inc. shows, ranging from calls for entry that originate from within the company, to curated exhibits and special collections from outside sources. Parker will also direct in the office and at the show the dedicated “Piece Corps” of trained quilt shippers and hangers.
Parker will also oversee the Quilt Festival Judged Show, the art form’s most prestigious annual showcase of its kind. Last year it featured non-purchase prizes totaling $52,250 in a variety of categories. Hundreds of quilters of all skill levels from across the world send in their best work to this competition.
Navarro will move into the newly-created position of Sponsorship Coordinator, working with companies both inside and outside of the quilting industry on partnerships to both maintain and bring exciting new aspects to the shows. She will also serve as the point of contact for sponsors of the Quilt Festival Judged Show.
Quilts, Inc. President Karey Bresenhan and Executive Vice President Nancy O’Bryant Puentes both had praise for Parker and Navarro.
“With Christa, we know that the beautiful and creative quilts on display—which are the main reason people come to our shows—are in great hands as we celebrate this year the 45th anniversary of Quilt Market and 50th anniversary of Quilt Festival,” they say. “And Becky, who is already handling sponsorship, will be able to increase our connections to strategic partners for the benefit of everyone who attends our shows.”