Elaine Spencer of Fort Collins, Colo., won the first prize of $7,500 in the "Memories of Childhood" international crib quilt contest and exhibition organized by the American Museum of Folk Art.

Janet Blair of Conshohocken, Pa., won the $5,000 second prize, and Hanne Wellendorph of Vemmelev, Denmark, won the $2,500 third prize.The three grand-prize winning quilts will become part of the permanent collection of the Museum of American Folk Art.

The three quilts, plus those of 53 state winners and nine international winners, were recently shown at the Great American Quilt Festival here.

The "Memories of Childhood" exhibition will travel for three years to 12 venues around the country.

-RICHMOND, Va. - "Sounding Forms: African Musical Instruments" is an exhibition devoted to an unusual subject, African musical instruments - some 200 of "the finest examples in wood, ivory and metal from North American, European and Australian collections" presented "as sculptural and decorated objects."

After its opening at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, April 23-June 18, the exhibition will be seen at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, July 18-Sept. 10, and at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Oct. 27-Nov. 26.

During its showing in Richmond, a series of musical concerts will complement the art exhibition.