Sunday, February 25, 2007

Handweavers Guild of America:
River of Grass

Two Deadlines:
January 2, 2008 (International Entries)
January 9, 2008 (U.S. Entries)

River of Grass
Handweavers Guild of America
Convergence 2008 Tampa Bay
Basketry Exhibit

June 25 - June 28, 2008
Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida

An international juried exhibit featuring functional or nonfunctional or traditional or nontraditional forms in basketry techniques.

Everglades means River of Grass and is filled with natural weaving materials for the basketmaker, used over the centuries by the native peoples that call the Everglades their home. Extending the concept of using indigenous materials, this exhibit encourages and emphasizes the use of materials from the artist's environment.

The juror will independently screen all images and make the preliminary selection of all work in the exhibition. Pieces will be evaluated on concept, design, technique, and overall suitability of the technique and/or materials. Creative exploration is encouraged.

Accepted work is subject to final approval by the juror's representative after the actual work arrives at Tampa Convention Center.

This exhibit is open to all basket makers of both functional and nontraditional forms in fiber techniques. Submitted work should be a structural, three-dimensional piece where fiber/materials cross with fiber/materials.

Two pieces may be entered per artist. Pieces must be originally conceived and created by the entrant: work should be one-of-a-kind, of exhibition quality, not previously exhibited at a Convergence, and completed within the past two years (since January 2006) and not previously published.

The size of the finished work may not exceed 48 inches (1.22 meters) by 72 inches (1.83 meters) or a weight of 20 pounds (9 kilograms).

Work executed under classroom/educational guidance or supervision is not eligible.

Work on exhibit will not be for sale.

First, second and third place awards will be selected by the juror. Additional special criteria awards may be available. For updates please check the HGA Web site:

Entries postmarked after these dates will be returned unopened.
International entries: January 2, 2008
US entries: January 9, 2008
Jury notification sent: March 21, 2008
Accepted entries due : May 23, 2008
Exhibition dates: June 25 - 28, 2008
Return of work: August, 2008

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River of Grass
Handweavers Guild of America, Inc.
1255 Buford Highway, Suite 211
Suwanee, GA 30024

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