Saturday, June 27, 2015

Call for Exhibition Proposals: 15th Biennial Symposium Textile Society of America

Deadline: October 1, 2015 {ONLINE}

Call for Exhibition Proposals
15th Biennial Symposium
Textile Society of America

Organized in collaboration with Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah, Georgia
October 19th – 23rd, 2016

The Textile Society of America is excited to announce a call for exhibition proposals as part of the 2016 Symposium. Organizers are encouraged to submit proposals for group exhibitions that focus on the theme, Crosscurrents: Land, Labor and the Port. Proposals may be for exhibitions of contemporary work, ethnographic, and/or historical textiles or a combination. Contemporary textile art is widely defined to include 2D, 3D, site-specific installation, video, and performance-based work.

Indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces are available.

Eligibility is the same as for other submission categories. The exhibition organizers must be TSA members at the time of submission. Non-member applicants may join TSA at the time of proposal submission. Selected presenters will also be required to have an active membership at the time of the Symposium (October 2016). Proposals will be blind juried by a panel of peers. If accepted, it is understood that the organizer(s) will register and participate in the 2016 Symposium. Organizers are also encouraged to coordinate a panel discussion of exhibiting artists, academic papers, or a roundtable. Where appropriate, these sessions may be held in the space of the exhibition.

All submissions should be based on original research, reflecting material not previously published. In submitting an abstract, the author explicitly authorizes its use on the TSA website and in publications including, but not limited to, the Symposium Program and Proceedings.

Individuals may complete multiple submissions.

Submissions will be handled in two parts. First the organizer(s) submit a project description with images. Submissions that are selected will be sent details of the potential exhibition space including architectural plans. In the second phase, organizers will work to formalize the project through drawings/layout and expanded project proposal. The exhibition spaces vary in size and type of facilities available (i.e. height of ceilings, natural light, installation assistance, museum quality lighting and environmental controls).

All submissions must be made online:

Complete details available on website:

Academic Program Co-Chairs:

Jessica Smith, Professor of Fibers, Savannah College of Art and Design (

Susan Falls, Professor of Anthropology, Savannah College of Art and Design (