Anne Copeland has been an accredited appraiser and member of the American Quilter’s Society, Professional Association of Appraisers of Quilted Textiles (PAAQT) since 1993. She was cofounder of Repiecers of the Past, a quilt history/quilt restoration study group. She is the founder/director of Fiberarts Connection of Southern California, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization (founded 2003) that provides professional development assistance for physically challenged and emerging fiber artists. She is also a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) and has provided articles and assistance for their Quilt University online. She is also a member of Cut-Loose Quilters and participates in numerous charity quilt projects.
Anne has also curated, juried, and judged a number of major quilt shows including Pacific International and the National Quilting Association show in Riverside, California, as well as many local shows. She has also curated a number of mixed media exhibits, as well as pottery exhibits since 1975 at museums and galleries throughout the United States. She gives quilt-related and motivational lectures and teaches various related classes.
As a quilt historian, Anne cofounded a quilt study group in 1995, Repiecers of the Past. She also coauthored a research paper on the development of the kit quilts industry published in the American Quilt Study journal Uncoverings1994 with her former appraisal partner, Beverly Dunivent, who has since moved out of state. She has numerous articles published in various national quilting magazines, as well as an article in the SAQA Journal
Anne is a quilt artist and has exhibited in numerous exhibits and shows throughout the United States, and her work has been published in a quilt magazine, Quilting Arts Magazine and a book, I Remember Mama.
She has a degree in Archeology from Arizona State University, and worked in the field from 1975 until the mid-1980s. Her then husband and partner, Spencer H. MacCallum, discovered some unknown potters working in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, and together the two worked to help bring the potters to the international fame they experience today. At the time of the discovery, there were eight potters, and there was no electricity, running water, no medical facilities, and not even a resident priest in the area. Today there are more than 400 potters, and all the amenities are present. People come from all over the world to visit Juan Quezada and the potters of Mata Ortiz, and the potters have been published in a number of books about their development and their pottery. Spencer and Anne curated a very large traveling exhibit for the potters with a number of major museums in the Southwest and in California in the mid 1970s through the 1980s.