Monday, December 29, 2008

Surface Design Association

Deadline: March 1, 2009 (POSTMARK)

Surface Design Association

Off the Grid Conference
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
May 29, 2009 to August 15, 2009

As part of the Surface Design Association’s International Conference Off the Grid, members are invited to submit work measuring 18"h x 18"w for an installation showcasing innovative use of textiles. Work using any textile technique or material will be considered: surface design, weaving, quilting, knitting, stitching, non-traditional materials, etc. The SDA Members' Exhibition is an open call where all submitted work is presented in the show and is then judged on-site for awards.


The exhibition is open to all Surface Design Association members 18 years of age or older. Each entry must be original work completed after June 2007 and constructed, printed, dyed or otherwise embellished using any textile technique or process.

If you are not currently a member of the Surface Design Association you can become a member by visiting the website:

Entry Requirements

Registration information is completed online and the piece is sent in with a print out of the information. There is a $25 submission fee to be paid online with registration information.

Exhibition Requirements

Participants are invited to submit ONE piece measuring 18"h x 18"w. Send in the actual piece. Do not send slides.
All entries will be displayed in the exhibition. Pieces will be installed indoors on structures specifically designed to hang this size of textile.

Submitted entries should meet the following criteria:

All measurements are in inches.
 Measure 18"h x 18"w as the finished outside dimensions.
 Labeled with an ID-tag stating the name of the artist and the title of the piece. Attach label with safety pin.
 Have a 1.5" casing across the top back. The casing should be placed .5" down from the top of the piece and .5" in from each of the edges. The casing should be left open to allow for a wooden slat for hanging. The gallery will supply the wooden slat.


$2000 in cash awards and one Surface Design Association Award of Excellence will be given. The judges retain discretion for determining the number of awards. The judges will present awards based on visual interest, craftsmanship, and innovation.

Awards will be determined from examination of actual pieces. Award winners will be announced at the conference.

Download the prospectus: SDAMemberShowProspectus09.pdf

The mission of the Surface Design Association is to increase awareness, understanding and appreciation of textiles in the art and design communities, as well as in the general public.

We inspire creativity, encourage innovation and further the rich tradition of the textile arts through publications, exhibitions, conferences and educational opportunities.

Visit the website for complete details:

Surface Design Association

Registration begins: January 5, 2009
Late Registration begins: March 31, 2009


Surface Design Association
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Conference: May 28 to May 31, 2009
Pre-Conference Workshops: May 23 to May 27, 2009
Post-Conference Workshops: June 1 to June 5, 2009


Patterns in our life and in our work often develop and repeat in a regular manner, and then something unexpected happens. Something shifts slightly and the pattern and rhythm become radically new. It is in those moments of unexpected change that great possibility exists. We shift. We transform. We go off the grid aesthetically, conceptually, or environmentally. In this conference we will concentrate on how we can seek those points of departure and together, go off the grid.


For more than 30 years, the Surface Design Association conferences have been amazing meeting places where textile artists from all over the world come together to be inspired by work, ideas and techniques. The wealth of information, creativity and talent on the podium, as well as in the audience, is astounding. During the four days of the conference, we learn from each other. It is our excitement, knowledge and willingness to share that makes each SDA conference a unique experience. Please joinus and become a part of one of the most unforgettable contemporary textile events.


The conference will take place in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, known for its world-famous jazz and barbecue. The nearby Kansas City International Airport makes traveling convenient from all parts of the United States, Canada and overseas.

Most conference activities will take place at the Marriott Country Club Plaza Hotel and the campus of the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI). The Marriott is a full-service hotel with professional meeting facilities. KCAI provides a scenic, 12-acre campus with workshop facilities, classrooms and dorms.

The conference will be located in the heart of Kansas City's cultural community, near the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Just a few blocks away is the Country Club Plaza, which is famous for its food, theater, shopping and architecture. Kansas City’s Max bus service provides quick and convenient transportation from the Marriott to the Crossroads Arts District galleries, where long-vacant buildings have been replaced by growing businesses, restaurants, residences and a thriving art scene.

Conference Registration Fees

Conference registration $350
Student registration $160
Vendor conference registration $160
Late registration fee $35 (after March 31, 2009)
Available at the Door Day Pass $165
(Vendor Fair, lectures, concurrent sessions, Friday gallery transportation)

Conference Registration starts Jan. 5, 2009. For Registration Information and Registration Form go to 2009RegistrationInformation

Download the conference registration brochure: OfftheGridRegistrationinformation.pdf

Visit the website for complete conference details including downloadable conference brochures and membership information:

Surface Design Association
P.O. Box 360, Sebastopol, CA, 95473-0360
Phone 707.829.3110 Fax 707.829.3285

Surface Design Association TEXTILE FUSION

Deadline: February 1, 2009 (ONLINE)

Surface Design Association

Off the Grid Conference
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
May 30th, 2009


As a part of the Surface Design Association’s international textile conference, Off the Grid, SDA will present Textile Fusion: an Interactive Fashion Performance, on May 30th, 2009.

This alternative fashion show will provide an opportunity to exhibit your fabulous textile-inspired garments up-close and in-performance.


The exhibition is open to all Surface Design Association members 18 years of age or older. Each entry must be original work completed after February 2007.

If you are not currently a member of the Surface Design Association you can become a member by visiting the website:

Entry Requirements

There is a $25 entry fee to submit up to 3 pieces for jury.


Submissions will be juried for entry by the fashion show committee. Selections will be made based on creativity,thematic relevance, quality and sophistication of design. In addition, the jury will consider suitability for the performance and availability of models.

The juror will present awards for:

First Place | $700
Second Place | $400
Third Place | $300
SDA Award of Excellence

Awards will be determined from examination of actual pieces. Award winners will be announced at the conference.

Download the prospectus: SDAFashionShowProspectus09_000.pdf

OnLine Submission
Fashion Performance online Submission Form.

The mission of the Surface Design Association is to increase awareness, understanding and appreciation of textiles in the art and design communities, as well as in the general public.

We inspire creativity, encourage innovation and further the rich tradition of the textile arts through publications, exhibitions, conferences and educational opportunities.

Visit the website for complete

Surface Design Association POINTS OF DEPARTURE

Deadline: March 1, 2009 (ONLINE)

Surface Design Association

Off the Grid Conference
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
May 29, 2009 to June 30, 2009

As part of the Surface Design Association’s 15th International Conference, students are invited to submit work for competition and exhibition to showcase the unconventional use of fiber. This exhibition will showcase innovative, unique work created by students who make a conscious leap into their own Points of Departure. Work using any textile technique or material will be considered: surface design, weaving, quilting, knitting, stitching, 3-dimensional work, papermaking, etc.


This international juried exhibition is intended to showcase student work. Undergraduates or graduates who are enrolled in an art or design program during the 2008–09 school year are eligible to participate. Each entry must be original work completed after February 2007 and be constructed, printed, dyed or otherwise embellished using any textile technique or process.

Students may submit work without being a member of the Surface Design Association, but will be required to join if their piece is selected for the exhibition.

If you are not currently a member of the Surface Design Association you can become a member by joining on the website:


$15 submission fee for up to 3 entries


Jurying for entry will be done on line from submitted images. Please submit professional quality photos (see submission instructions for file size and specifications).


The juror will present awards for:

First Place $700
Second Place $400
Third Place $300
SDA Award of Excellence

Awards will be determined from examination of actual pieces. Award winners will be announced at the conference.

Download the prospectus: SDAstudentShowProspectus09.pdf

The mission of the Surface Design Association is to increase awareness, understanding and appreciation of textiles in the art and design communities, as well as in the general public.

We inspire creativity, encourage innovation and further the rich tradition of the textile arts through publications, exhibitions, conferences and educational opportunities.

Visit the website for complete details:

Quilting Arts Magazine Rock On! Art Quilt Challenge

Deadline: February 2, 2009 (RECEIVE)

Rock On! Art Quilt Challenge

Quilting Arts Magazine
Stow, MA

Whether it was Elvis, the Yardbirds, the Bee Gees, or the Boss, rock ‘n’ roll has played a major role in our lives, inspired us to get footloose, play a little air guitar, and even harbor a few crushes on rock idols during our wonder years.

Show us with fabric and stitch what your favorite musicians and/or lyrics have meant to you. Does a particular melody inspire you to sing into your hairbrush? Do certain guitar riffs help you get in the zone for free-motion quilting? Is there a song that evokes a favorite memory such as that special dance at the prom? Here’s your chance to celebrate your favorite rock ‘n’ roll musicians, songs, and lyrics as they have inspired you.

We will show some of our favorites in future issues of Quilting Arts Magazine and exhibit some in upcoming national quilt shows in 2009.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Make an 8 1/2" x 11" art quilt of vertical orientation that celebrates your love of rock ‘n’ roll.
    Please note: The musical genre for this particular challenge is rock ‘n’ roll, so for instance Beethoven or Handel wouldn’t make the cut.

  2. The entire quilt, including binding, must measure 8 1/2" x 11". It must be three layers and quilted, either by hand or machine or both; it must be bound or zigzag stitched closed and have a sleeve on the back.

  3. Any embellishments must not protrude more than 1/2" from the quilt.

  4. The entire quilt must weigh no more than 1 lb.

  5. The quilt may be made of alternative fabrics (such as paper), but it must be quilted, consist of three layers, and either bound or closed along the edges.

  6. Your entry must be free of any text or images that are protected by copyright, unless you have the expressed written permission from the person or institution that holds the copyright and you provide that written permission with your submission.

  7. Enclose a brief narrative telling how you created your quilt, including the inspiration (name of the band, song, etc.) and the materials and techniques used.

  8. Include an entry fee of $15 (for U.S. and Canadian residents) or $25 (for all other international residents). The entry fee covers up to three entries. You may submit up to three entries, provided they are all sent together.

If you have any questions about the “Rock On!” Art Quilt challenge, email

Visit website for complete details:

Houston Center For Contemporary Craft Workshop Proposals

Deadline: Unspecified

Houston Center For Contemporary Craft

Workshop Proposals
Houston, TX

HCCC is now scheduling 2009 workshops.

HCCC will consider proposals for workshops consistent with its mission and appropriate for presentation. HCCC seeks to offer a wide range of media taught by expert craftsmen within the limits of the calendar and our facility. We do not guarantee that all workshop proposals will be accepted.

Requirements are as follows:

Resume (including a list of previously taught classes) and Artist Statement

Personal references (2)

listing of previously taught relevant workshops

Class syllabus for each different type of class you propose to teach. Include the maximum number of students you can accomodate per class.

Color reproductions or slides of your work, especially work that is representative of what will be done in class.

Approximate dates and times you wish to teach the workshop (This must be during our public hours, Tuesday - Saturday, 10 - 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 PM - 5 PM). If accepted, HCCC will contact you to finalize course description and scheduling.

Please submit your information to:

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
ATTN: Jason Kishell
4848 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002

Questions? Contact Jason Kishell at 713.529.4848 x112 or

Visit website for complete details: Workshop Proposal Guidelines

The Foundry Art Centre “Of The Earth”

Deadline: January 9, 2009 (POSTMARK)

“Of The Earth”

The Foundry Art Centre
Gallery I & II
March 6, 2009 – April 17, 2009

For millennia artists have looked to the natural world for inspiration as well as a source of art media with which to create. As mankind has advanced through the centuries his art materials have come from increasingly industrial sources and the connections with raw, natural substances has diminished. This exhibition seeks to present work created from media that is close to or directly form its original, natural source and utilized in progressive, interesting ways.

Open to all artists 18 years and older. In an effort to pursue high quality, all artwork must be original work executed by the artist within the last two years.

Artists may submit up to three works for a non-refundable processing fee of $35.00. Members of the Foundry Art Centre may
submit up to three works for a non-refundable fee of $24.00.

All media in 2D & 3D form will be considered, 2D work must be suitably framed and have all hardware ready for hanging. All
other work must be installation ready. Specific installations are the artist’s responsibility under the direction of F.A.C. staff.

A maximum of three entries per artist may be submitted for consideration.
Submit for jurying, one 35 mm slide per entry (cardboard or plastic mounts). In lieu of slides, artists may submit three jpegs via email OR on CD.

Juror – Patrick Dougherty

One-Going Solo Award or $1,000 and 4-Group 4 award

Download Prospectus & Entry form

Foundry Art Centre
520 North Main Center
St. Charles, Missouri 63301
Phone: 636-255-0270

The Foundry Arts Centre, a dynamic, interactive interdisciplinary arts center dedicated to the creation and presentation of contemporary visual and performing arts. Our mission is to bring together the arts, artists and everyday people through exhibitions, studio space, performing arts and educations programs. The Foundry serves as a rich cultural resource for the entire region.

Torpedo Factory: RECLAIMED

January 3, 2009 (RECEIVE)

Target Gallery

Torpedo Factory
Alexandria, VA
April 1 - April 26, 2009

Reclaimed, an exhibition that focuses on everyday common objects that are reclaimed, recycled, reinterpreted and transformed into art. From Marcel Duchamp’s “ready-mades” to Robert Rauschenberg’s “combines”, artists have been for years recycling and reclaiming everyday common objects and transforming them into something new and unique. This exhibition is open to all artists nationally and internationally to submit work that has been reclaimed and transformed into their own personal artistic statement.

Juror: Steven and Linda Krensky
Steven and Linda Krensky are avid art collectors and gallery owners. They have a contemporary art gallery in Baltimore known as Light Street Gallery. The gallery came about for their need for more space so that they could continue to collect art but also to help promote artists.

Entry Fee: $35

Directions for Entry:

Image entry will be PC compatible JPEG digital files only. Review will be by digital image only. We can only accept email submissions via the online submission form (see link below). Images of up to three works may be submitted and $10 for each additional image. CDs must contain the artist’s name on both the actual CD and the case. JPEGs should be no larger than 300 dpi at approximately 4 by 6 inches. All digital files must be in JPEG format and must include the artist’s name and title of the submission (smithpainting5.jpg). Please do not use quotations or spaces in file names.

Video and time-based submissions should be both PC and Macintosh compatible. Files should be submitted in .MOV format. You may NOT submit VHS tapes. Website links will not be accepted as submissions.

Please download prospectus for complete guidelines and instructions on how to enter. Image entry will be by PC compatible JPEG digital files only. We no longer accept slides as a form of entry

Download Prospectus: Reclaimed.pdf
Apply Online: target_online_form

For a hard copy of prospectus, send a SASE to:
Target Gallery
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Call: 703-838-4565 ext. 4

Visit website for additional details: targetcallforentry

Torpedo Factory 2009 Open Exhibition

Deadline: February 2, 2009 (RECEIVE)

2009 Open Exhibition
Target Gallery

Torpedo Factory
Alexandria, VA
October 28-November 29, 2009

This is an annual exhibition opportunity for an artist to have a solo exhibition in the gallery. This is an Open Call for proposals for an exhibition in the fall of 2009. This call is open to all artists from North America working in all visual media. Proposals for exhibitions by both individuals and groups will be considered. The individual or group associated with the chosen proposal will receive a solo exhibition at the Target Gallery from October 28 - November 29, 2009.

Entry Fee: $40
Chosen artist will recieve a $500 stipend and a small catalog to accompany the exhibit.

Jury Process & Panel
A three part panel consisting of artists and art professionals not affiliated with the Torpedo Factory Art Center will review all applications. One non-voting representative from the Target Gallery will also be present during the final group review.

Lia Newman - Director of Programs and Exhibitions at Artspace in Raleigh, NC.

Paul So - Visionary founder for both the Hamiltonian Artists and the Hamiltonian Gallery.

Philippa Hughes - Founder of The Pink Line Project, an organization dedicated to building community and transformation through art.

Directions for Entry
Written proposals and CVs are to be submitted in hardcopy and digital Word Document format on CD. Please provide a clear and concise description of the work to be exhibited, outlining the main themes and ideas, and describing how the work will be installed in the gallery space.

Image entry will be PC compatible JPEG digital files only. Review will be by digital image only. We regret that we cannot review images via email. CDs must contain the artist’s name on both the actual CD and the case. JPEGs should be no larger than 300 dpi at approximately 4 by 6 inches. All digital files must be in JPEG format and must include the artist’s name and title of the submission (smithpainting5.jpg). Please do not use quotations or spaces in file names. (Artists may submit up to 30 images for consideration)

Video and time-based submissions should be both PC and Macintosh compatible. Files should be submitted in .MOV format. You may NOT submit VHS tapes. Website links will not be accepted as submissions.

Please download prospectus for complete guidelines and instructions on how to enter. Image entry will be by PC compatible JPEG digital files only. We no longer accept slides as a form of entry.

Download Prospectus: 2009OpenProspectus.pdf
(Online entry is not available for this exhibition)

For a hard copy of prospectus, send a SASE to:
Target Gallery
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Call: 703-838-4565 ext. 4

Visit website for additional details: targetcallforentry

Maryland Art Place 7th Annual Curators' Incubator Program

Deadline: January 9, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. (POSTMARK) & (Hand Delivery)

7th Annual Curators' Incubator Program

Maryland Art Place
Baltimore, Maryland
Exhibition Dates: September 15-October 24, 2009

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is proud to announce a call for curators to participate in its Seventh Annual Curators' Incubator exhibition competition. This program was developed to encourage diversity and mentor emerging curators, while offering a flash-point look at contemporary art in the community.

Curators' proposals will be juried by MAP's Programming Advisory Committee in the early spring of 2009. Selected curators will be chosen to fully develop their exhibition proposals for an exhibition scheduled September 15-October 24, 2009. All participants must be available to participate in a gallery talk and attend a reception on Friday, September 25, 2009 from 6-8pm.

MAP welcomes discussion with curators prior to the deadline to assist in developing strong proposals.

The call for entry requires that curators complete an application form and submit a proposal, outlining the curators' ideas and goals in a statement of intent, while including a short bio for each artist intended to be included in the exhibition. Curators may not include themselves in the exhibition. After the initial review of proposals, a small number of curators will be asked to advance to the second phase of the application process where they will submit additional information, including images of artists’ work being proposed for inclusion in the exhibition. Curators will be asked to come to MAP to present their proposals and if selected, will receive individual mentorship as they work to develop their exhibitions for debut in MAP’s galleries and to strengthen their curatorial writing in preparation for publication in a program catalogue.

Selected curators will be responsible for coordinating the delivery and both the installation and de-installation of artists’ work. They will also be responsible for unusual expenses regarding the installation and removal of their exhibitions, and must sign an agreement that their exhibition space will be returned to its original condition.

There is no fee to participate in the Curators’ Incubator program.

The deadline for submitting materials to be considered for the Seventh Annual Curators’ Incubator Program is 5pm, January 9, 2009. Materials can be either hand-delivered to MAP or post marked.

For more information about this and other programs, please visit or call to speak with a MAP staff member at (410) 962-8565.

7th Annual Curators' Incubator Prospectus (pdf)

7th Annual Curators' Incubator Application (pdf)

Maryland Art Place
8 Market Place, Suite 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Pfaff Art Embroidery Challenge 2009

Deadline: May 15, 2009 (POSTMARK)

Pfaff Art Embroidery Challenge 2009


The PFAFF® Art Embroidery Challenge is a truly global competition judged by an international jury. The works are created predominantly on a home sewing machine using either freehand embroidery or/and embroidery software.

“PFAFF Art Embroidery Challenge” is a biennially competition. The results of the competition will first be exhibited at: THE KNITTING & STICHING SHOW 2009 in London and will then travel to be presented in other places around the world.

PFAFF® Art Embroidery Challenge 2009
Theme: « LANDSCAPE - Let us travel »


· This international competition is open for everybody.
· Each work must be entirely the original work of the person applying to the competition.
· Each participant may submit 2 works maximum.
· The works may not have previously been published, entered into any other competition, or have been used for promotional purposes.
· Permanent employees of VSM Group are not eligible.
· The official language is English.


· All kind of 2 and 3 dimensional works of art will be welcomed : mural art, volumes, sculptures and installations. While we are expecting large works, we do not wish to receive patchworks and quilts.
· Freedom is given in dimensions however for technical reasons, the height of the works should not exceed 2.50 m.
· All materials may be used and all techniques, as long as they are accomplished predominantly by the use of a home sewing machine and using free-motion embroidery or embroidery software.

The awards will be presented at the Knitting and Stitching show in London in 2009. The winners will be invited to attend the show and personally receive their awards.

Grand Prize
and embroidery machine, and the PFAFF®
creative 4D™ Embroidery System.
(Retail value USD $ 10999)

Excellence Award:
One PFAFF® creative™ 4.0, sewing and
embroidery machine.
(Retail value USD $ 5999)

Fine Art Award:
One Quilt Expression™ 4.0, sewing machine.
(Retail value USD $ 2499)

All entries must be created predominantly on a home sewing machine, using either freehand embroidery or using embroidery software - or a combination of the two.

All entries must be produced exclusively for the contest and may not be published or shown anywhere before October 2009.

You can ask rules and regulations by email to:

Or by postal mail to:

PFAFF® Art Embroidery Challenge
Jacqueline Govin
3 rue du Rosey
F-27120 Fontaine-sous-Jouy

Download the Pfaff Art Embroidery Challenge Leaflet with request form on back.

Visit the website for other details: Pfaff USA

Embroiderer's Guild Annual Scholarship

Deadline: 9 February 2009 (RECEIVE)

Embroiderer's Guild Annual Scholarship

April 2009 – March 2010

Two Embroiderers' Guild Scholarships of £1000 each are awarded annually to embroiderers to develop the practice of embroidery. One Scholarship is for embroiderers in the age category of 18 to 30 years inclusive, and one Scholarship is for embroiderers over 30 years of age.

The Guild defines embroidery as being all work stitched or derived from stitch. All applicants should have studied the practice of embroidery or stitched textiles through formal or informal learning.

The Scholarships are to support embroiderers to undertake projects which further their own embroidery practice.

Criteria for selection
• The Scholarships are for embroiderers who have studied the practice of embroidery or stitched textiles through formal or informal learning.
• Selection will be based equally on an applicants ability as an embroiderer (6 images on a CD ) and the quality of the Scholarship project proposal.
• The specific Scholarship use must be given
• Selection will be based on how the applicant intends to use the Scholarship; it must be shown how the project proposal will further the applicant's own embroidery practice.
• The project proposal must be in line with the aim of the Scholarship. Ineligible proposals will make the application void.
• The application must include a timetable, action plan and a breakdown of costs for the Scholarship project proposal.

The Scholars' year
The successful applicants will be invited to provide illustrations and text for features in Guild publications, which may include EMBROIDERY, STITCH with the Embroiderers' Guild and CONTACT, the Guild newsletter.

Working with the Embroiderers' Guild during the Scholarship year, from April 2009 – March 2010, provides each Scholar with opportunities to be introduced to the Guild's network of Members,Branches and practicing professionals. Scholars will be expected to exhibit their work at the Guild's Annual General Meeting, and with the Guild at The Knitting and Stitching Shows. Scholars may be asked to participate in additional Guild events to promote the Guild and the Guild Scholarships.

In addition to the £1,000 Scholarship, the Guild holds funds to enable Scholars to participate in the Guild's programme of events and exhibitions. Opportunities to promote their work in conjunction with these activities will be discussed soon after selection.

At the end of the Scholarship year the Scholars will be required to submit an evaluation of their year as a Guild Scholar as well as a progress report on the use of their Scholarship to date. The report should include information on action taken to implement the Scholarship project proposal and an account of how they have spent the £1000. This report should be ready to present with the Scholars display of work at the Guild’s AGM in April 2010.

Download application form
Download flyer

Visit the website for complete details:


We're still on Holiday Hiatus but we wanted to give our Readers a little treat: BONUS POSTS!

The opportunities that follow have early deadlines so move quickly if you're interested in any of the items.


The Keeper

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Holiday Hiatus

Dear Readers:

Well, it's that time of year again. Fiber Art Calls for Entry will be on a brief hiatus. New posts will appear on or after January 8, 2009.

As always, we appreciate your readership and look forward to bringing you new and exciting features in 2009.


All the best,

The Keeper

Art Fair on the Square

Deadline: March 2, 2009 (RECEIVE) & (ONLINE)

Art Fair on the Square

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
July 11 and 12, 2009

Art Fair on the Square is the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s most important annual fundraiser, providing crucial support for exhibitions and education programming. For two days, the eight blocks that surround Wisconsin’s beautiful State Capitol are transformed as artists, entertainers, vendors, and some 200,000 visitors come together to celebrate the arts.

RULES (truncated)
  • Art Fair on the Square is open to all artists 18 years of age or older.

  • All exhibited work must be original in concept and must have been created by the accepted applicant.

  • Each exhibitor’s work will be screened by Art Fair jurors during Art Fair on the Square. Artists whose work does not comply with the rules, or differs from the slides submitted, will be asked to leave. The judgment of the jury will be final, and no refunds will be given.

  • Artists must be present to exhibit and manage their displays during Art Fair.

Best of Show Award – A Best of Show Award will be given in each of the 11 media categories. Winners will be invited to return to the 2010 Art Fair on the Square at no cost. Both jury and booth fees will be waived.

Invitational Artist Award – Up to 100 Invitational Awards will be given to artists in all categories. Invitational artists will be invited back to Art Fair on the Square 2010 without the need to submit to the jury process. The jury fee is waived for these individuals.

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to welcome the 2009 Art Fair on the Square jury panel

Hanna Cook-Wallace
Jeweler and owner of Studio Jewelers, Madison

Melanie Herzog
Professor of Art History at Edgewood College, Madison

Annik Novelle DuPaty
Director of Sourcebooks at The Guild, Inc.

Christina West
Studio Artist and Lecturer at University of Wisconsin - Madison


2-D Mixed Media
Printmaking, Graphics, and Drawing
Sculpture and 3-D Mixed Media

Jury Fee: $35
Booth Fee: $435
Commission: None
Cancellation Fee: $40
Paper Application Conversion Fee: $30

Artists may apply online now through Zapplication
For an additional fee, artists may submit a paper Art Fair application.

Visit the website for complete details: Art Fair on the Square

Broadway Market

Deadline: 7 January 2008 (Hand Delivery)

Broadway Farmers Style Market

London Fields,

The mission of the Saturday market is to act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the Broadway neighbourhood: to revitalise the area socially, economically and environmentally.

The market has been created, and will continue to be operated, by the neighbourhood group the Broadway Market Traders and Residents Association in cooperation with Hackney Council.

Stalls and shops on Broadway reflect the rainbow culture that gives the neighbourhood its vitality. They will continue to serve the whole community: all races, genders and religions.

The market provides the quality and speciality of a farmers’ market without the limitations. While a majority of stalls offer food, space is reserved for high-quality non-food items. We serve all income groups as well as all cultures: and we foster young entrepreneurs.

BMTRA will strive to become an environmental leader: the market’s waste will be recycled and stalls will be powered by renewable energy.

Broadway Farmers Style Market is open every Saturday from 9 to 5

We invite interested parties along with a selection of their Goods/commodity that they wish to sell. These meeting are very informal and friendly. I do hope you will be able to make it as we would really like to meet you and we will explain all about the market.

The next Meet and Greet can be found on the application form below:

Application form
Rules and Regulation Guidelines
Broadway Mission Statement

We are working towards launching a Friday Market. By attending the "Meet and greet" we may consider you for this and other market ventures.

We also regularly recommend applicants to other events, fayers and markets, -London Wide.

Chair: Andy Veitch

Broadway Market Traders and Residents Association
10 Croston Street
London E8 4PQ


Deadline: Unspecified (EMAIL)


Sacramento, CA
JANUARY 3, 2009

IndieSacramento is Sacramento's largest trunk show & craft bazaar. The very first show was held in December of 2007 at the WYCA of Sacramento. The forces behind last year's show will be teaming up with the Sacramento Midtown Business Association to bring you an even bigger and better event.

The purpose behind IndieSacramento is to help spread the word about locally owned businesses and to help Sacramento gain the reputation it deserves as a city with cutting-edge art, crafts, and fashion — plus great local shopping and eats.

Booth Size and Fees:
Vendors will be required to bring their own table and chairs for the monthly shows. Table fee TBA. Location TBA, (Midtown Sacramento).

Once we recieve your application, we will get back to you shortly regarding your application status. Unfortunately, we have limited space and will not have room for everyone. We are trying to keep the vendors as varied as possible! If you do not make it into this event, you may try applying for future shows. IndieSacramento is to become a MONTHLY event.

Visit website for application and complete details:


Craft Hatch

Deadline: 31 January 2009 (RECEIVE)

Craft Hatch

Craft Victoria
City Library
Melbourne, Australia
14 February, 14 March and 11 April, 2009

Craft Victoria fosters creativity, experimentation and professionalism in contemporary craft and design and is pleased to be partnering with the City of Melbourne's, City Library to hold Craft Hatch – an incubator market for student and emerging craft designers.

The City Library is the centre for learning and creativity with up to 3000 visitors a day. Craft Hatch has been designed specifically for students and emerging designers looking to build their market confidence in one of Melbourne's busiest CBD retail precincts.

Craft Hatch is held on the second Saturday of each month from 11am to 4pm at the City Library.

Registrations are now open to stallholders wishing to participate in the following 2009 Craft Hatch markets:
Saturday 14 February, Saturday 14 March and Saturday 11 April

Gallery and Seminar Room, Level 1, City Library, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

To Register
Email registration and questions to Craft Victoria via

Please be aware that registration does not guarantee a table.

If your registration is successful, Craft Victoria will contact you to confirm your participation and arrange payment for your stall.

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Download the Registration Form:: CraftHatchRegistrationForm.pdf

The Tree Project

Deadline: March 15, 2009 (POSTMARK)

The Tree Project

International Fiber Collaborative
Big Springs International Park
Huntsville, Alabama
April 2009

The International Fiber Collaborative announces its 2008–2009 project, Interdependence. Participants will create a full-sized tree for display in April 2009 at Big Springs International Park in Huntsville, Alabama. Much like a live tree is interdependent on its leaves and roots for survival, societies are interdependent on the greater whole, family units, communities, and countries.

Participants from around the world are invited to create leaves to contribute to the creation of the tree. In total, up to 30,000 leaves may be used.

How to Participate

Leaves should be created using fiber or fiber techniques.
Entrants are encouraged to be creative in deciding on materials and techniques, and may paint, stitch, crochet, patch, quilt, knit, or glue (water resistant glue).
Each leaf should measure roughly 5 in. wide (at its thickest) x 7 in. long.
Leaves may also have shape and dimension.
Submissions may relate to interdependence in a social, economical, political, ecological, or geographical way.
The tree’s trunk and branches will all be wrapped with handmade fiber sleeves.

The application deadline is March 15, 2009.
Download required entry form.

For additional information email Jennifer Marsh at

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Mailing address:
Attn: Jennifer Marsh
Department of Art & Art History, RH 313
301 Sparkman Dr.
Huntsville, Alabama 35899

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair

Deadline: JANUARY 15, 2009 by 12:00 MT (ONLINE)

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair

University of Michigan
July 15-18, 2009

The mission of the non-profit Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original is to increase public knowledge and appreciation for contemporary fine arts and fine crafts by creating opportunities that connect artists, the Ann Arbor community, and the general public, to their mutual benefit, culminating in a top quality juried street art fair.

The 50th annual Fair will take place July 15-18, 2009 on the Ingalls Mall Lawn by the Burton Memorial Tower, North University, and the Diag on the Central Campus at the University of Michigan. The Fair will feature 174 juried artists, eight New Artists from local universities and colleges, the Potters Guild and an array of free art activities and performances for the whole family to enjoy.

Before applying please make sure your work meets the following criteria.

  1. All work must be original, handcrafted work. One of a kind work is preferred and encouraged.

  2. No commercial reproductions or embellished commercial products are allowed.

  3. If you produce work in editions, you must disclose edition numbers to the Fair audience and include in your work descriptions.

  4. Artists may only show work in categories approved by the Jury. All work exhibited must be of the quality and type of that shown in the images juried.

  5. Artists must prominently display an Artist Statement, with the artist’s picture, describing how and by whom the work is made and the materials used to make the work.

  6. Artists must be present with their work for the entire four days of the Fair. If the work is collaborative, each collaborator must be present.
  7. All work must be for sale.

  8. Artists may not show in other fairs, exhibitions or events in Ann Arbor taking place at the same time as the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair.

Openings for new artists are available in every media each year. The 2009 Fair will be comprised of approximately 175 spaces for artists. Seventy-two artists have been re-invited through high scores from the on-site jury, awards, peer jurying, sabbatical and the featured artist program. More than 100 artists will be invited from the ZAPPlication™ jury process in January with an additional group of artists selected for a waitlist.

Application Fees: $30 Jury Fee (non-refundable per application). A separate application and fee is required for each category (one per category, three category limit, substantially different work required for each category)

Booth Fees: Booth fees will be due in mid-March
  • Tented Spaces: $625: 10' wide x 20' deep under large commercial tents provided by AASAF.

  • Artist’s Own White Canopy: $625: 10' deep x 12' wide space.

  • Open Air Space: $625: 10' x 20' space without canopy or walls. Work and artist must be able to withstand the elements.

  • Corner Space: additional $100: Assigned upon request, if available.
If you have questions about the application process contact us at

The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original uses ZAPPlication, an online application and digital jurying process. If you would like to begin the application process, you can register now, review the technical requirements, and establish an artist profile at

For more information on the Fair and jury process, please review the 2009 Prospectus.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Cheongju International Craft Biennale

Deadline: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 5:00 pm EST (RECEIVE)

Cheongju International Craft Biennale:
Unity & Diversity

A Juried National Exhibition of
Works by Canada’s Craft Community
Canadian Pavilion

The Canadian Crafts Federation/Fédération canadienne des métiers d’art is proud to announce that Canada has been named the official guest country of the 2009 Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Cheongju, South Korea.

Celebrating its 6th anniversary in 2009, the Cheongju International Craft Biennale is the largest and most outstanding fine craft-based biennale in the world. Over 1000 artists from more than 40 countries participate each year, with over half a million visitors in attendance during the month-long event. With a focus on high-quality functional and sculptural craft, the Biennale attracts attention from collectors, curators, academics, craftspeople and, of course, the public. It is a terrific opportunity to showcase the talent of Canadian craftspeople to the world.

Each piece included in the Unity & Diversity exhibition will be entered into a second review, and may be selected to exhibit as part of a second project - an exhibition of Canadian and Korean work to be shown in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics.

National Call: Unity and Diversity

Intentionally broad in scope, the exhibition theme “Unity and Diversity” seeks responses from craftspeople on how they see their work in the context of the Canadian craft scene. Does Canadian craft have a unified identity, or do our vast physical and cultural geographies make the question of identity much more complicated and diverse?

Exhibition Structure

The CCF/FCMA has partnered with provincial and territorial craft councils to form six regions. Each region will feature local expertise in the jurying proccess. Entries will be directed to the specified region depending on the artist’s place of residence.

Conditions of Entry

Please note that we will be using an on-line application process for Unity & Diversity which will be accessible two months prior to the call deadline.

The following information outlines the rules of entry and provides guidelines about the future application process:

  • A maximum of 2 entries per person or collaborative partnership.

  • The competition is open to all Canadian craft professionals.

  • Works in all craft media is encouraged.

  • Each entry must be of original design. The jurors will assess works based on excellence of design, technique, originality, and craftsmanship.

  • All works must be available for the duration of both the Cheongju International Craft Biennale National Exhibition and the 2010 Canada/Korean Exhibition (Vancouver)—up to a maximum of 2 years. Please clearly indicate if works are intended for sale.

  • Each entry must have been executed within the 2 years preceding the date of submission.

  • Set of multiples (such as a sculptural group or tea service) will be considered as one object.

  • Copyright: submission of entry grants the CCF, and partners, with the permission to use accepted works for all promotional purposes.

  • Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted.

Entry Fees

A maximum of two entries per person is allowed. Each entry can include two objects.
Fees are non-refundable.

$50 / per entry - Applies to applicants who hold an active membership with a provincial craft council.
$85 / per entry - Applies to applicants without an active membership with a provincial craft council.

2010 Canada/Korea Exhibition (Vancouver)

A portion of the National Exhibition will be chosen to return to Vancouver following the Biennale as part of a Canada/Korea cultural exchange. This work will be exhibited at the Vancouver Museum January-April 2010 and will be displayed throughout the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. This Canada/Korea Exhibition may then travel to other Canadian venues, to be determined.

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Download the Call for Entry.

The Festival Gallery of Quilt Art

Deadline: May 27, 2009 (POSTMARK)

The Festival Gallery of Quilt Art:

Wonders of the World
An international juried and judged exhibition of Art Quilts
Quilts, Inc.
Houston, TX
August 2009 to August 2012

Who may enter:
The entries may be the work of one person or more than one person as long as proper credit is given to all involved in the actual completion of the quilt. The person entering the quilt must have been directly involved in the quilt's creation. Limit two entries per person or group. Full-time employees of Quilts, Inc. are not eligible.

Exhibition theme: Wonders of the World. The Seven Ancient Wonders of the World are the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria, only one of which still exists today, the Great Pyramid of Giza. Every era has its own list of "Wonders". You will find a comprehensive list of "Wonders of the World", at

There are many things in and of TODAY'S world that are a wonder to behold – a baby's first step, the love of a mother, the beauty of a flower, the majesty of a mountain range, the sparkle in a raindrop. The wonders of the world, whether determined by man or your own interpretation are free to be explored in this new contest and exhibition from International Quilt Festival. Entries are art quilts that speak to the theme. Any techniques—piecing, appliqué, embroidery, photo transfer, whole cloth and/or manipulated fabric, etc.—may be used as long as they are appropriate for the quilt (consisting of three layers) and the theme. Quilts must be made specifically for the contest and must not have been published in books, calendars, magazines, newsletters, web sites, blogs, or any other form of publication prior to November 2009.

Categories: There is only one overall category.

Limit on entries: Each entrant may submit up to two works that must address the theme. Any materials may be used. However, the final result must be flexible in nature and consist of three layers.

Size of entries: Each work must measure at least 48 inches (122 cm) and no more than 92 inches (234 cm) on each side. .

Jury: A qualified jury will select the works. The jury’s decision is final. Upon seeing the final quilts, the organizers reserve the right to decide which quilts will be included in the exhibition. The organizers reserve the right to refuse any work that does not match the slides or digital photos submitted to the jury.

Judge: A qualified judge will select the first and runner-up prize winners. The judge's decision is final.

Length of exhibit: The participating works must be available for three years, from August 2009 through August 2012. Quilts will be returned to entrants in September 2012.

Mail or e-mail entries acceptable.

Obtain the application form: application09

Visit the website for complete details:

The Festival Gallery of Quilt Art
c/o Quilts, Inc.
7660 Woodway, Suite 550
Houston, TX 77063 USA
Tel. 713-781-6864 ext. 105
Fax 713-781-8182

Email digital entries to:

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Deadline: Ongoing/Unspecified

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Exhibitions Proposal


If you are an institution, curator or artist working with materials or processes traditionally associated with craft and would like to have work considered for exhibition in the Artist Hall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft’s exhibition committee would like to hear from you.

HCCC reviews exhibition proposals on an ongoing quarterly basis. The museum has a reputation for cutting edge exhibitions of both traditional and contemporary craft. HCCC is interested in proposals for regional and national multiple artist exhibitions, individual exhibitions, installations and small group shows. Individual artist proposals may also be considered for inclusion in group shows curated by the Curator of Fine Craft. The Artist Hall Gallery exhibitions typically range eight weeks in length. This space is also utilized for collaborative programming by the exhibition, education and retail departments.

Proposals should consist of:

  1. A show statement/portfolio

  2. A list of artists or works proposed, including number of art works

  3. 5-10 digital samples of art work

  4. An exhibition budget and prospectus, if applicable

  5. Any catalogs, press, or other support materials, if available

  6. A self-addressed and stamped postcard that can be mailed back to you to confirm receipt of your proposal

Please submit your information to:
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Gwynne Rukenbrod, Curator of Fine Craft
4848 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002

All proposals should be accompanied by an SASE if you want your materials returned. Please allow four-five months for return of materials.

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Sew News Magazine

Deadline: Ongoing
Multiple Deadlines for 2009 see pdf file

Sew News Magazine

Submitting Story Proposals

Who We Are

Sew News magazine is a monthly publication devoted to the enthusiastic and creative woman who wants to sew. We provide her with accurate, helpful, step-by-step information for personalizing ready-to-wear and creating original fashions, accessories, gifts and home décor that express her personal style.

What We Want

Articles should teach a specific technique, inspire the reader to try a project, introduce the reader to a new product or company related to sewing, or inform the reader about current fashion and sewing trends. Sew News' primary focus is garment sewing for women, but we also include stories on sewing for men, children and specialty groups like senior citizens, plus sizes, petites and the handicapped. We also cover home décor, soft crafts, machine embroidery, and various fabric embellishment methods, such as stamping, painting, beading and stenciling. Emphasis should always involve sewing, fabrics or notions in some way. Sew News does not normally cover areas like hand weaving, hand needlecrafts, crochet, knitting or macramé. When glue is used in place of sewing, the glue technique should only be a tip or sidebar–not the intended method of construction.

Acceptance/Payment (truncated)

We will contact you and let you know if we are interested (or not) in your query. When an article is accepted, you'll be sent an assignment sheet detailing what is expected of you for the assignment and the intended payment (from $50 to $500, new writers generally $50 to $150).

All articles, including those specifically assigned, are written "on speculation". All payments will be made upon publication.

Deadlines (truncated)

Deadlines are established when a story is assigned.

Contracts (truncated)

Sew News requires original unpublished content and gives first consideration to those authors. Sew News, as part of CK Media, requires an "All Rights" contract to be signed before publication of any article. "All Rights" means Sew News purchases complete rights to the manuscript, art and specific project covered in the contract and that the submitted items may not be used in conjunction with any other article in another publication.

How to Submit Story Queries (truncated)

We request you query by letter or e-mail; do not send finished manuscripts. Your query should consist of a brief outline of the article, a sketch or photo of the intended project, a list of the illustrations or photographs you envision with it, an explanation of why your proposed article would be of interest to the Sew News reader, and why you are qualified to write it. Keep in mind the season and timeliness of your suggestions, remembering that Sew News works on a six-month lead time. Send your queries to or Sew News Editor, 741 Corporate Circle, Ste. A., Golden, CO 80401.

The Sew News staff considers queries and makes story assignments continuously. All queries are considered and, within a reasonable amount of time, you'll either receive an assignment, a request to hold the query for further consideration, or a rejection. If more than three months have passed without a reply to your query, feel free to e-mail requesting its status. Direct e-mail questions regarding assignments to Beth Bradley,

Visit website for complete details: Write for Sew News

Download the 2009 Editorial Calendar

Monday, December 01, 2008

Buckhorn Fine Art Festival 2009

Deadline: January 31, 2009 (RECEIVE)

Buckhorn Fine Art Festival 2009

Buckhorn, Ontario
August 13 - 16, 2009

The Buckhorn Fine Art Festival is a juried show and has operated using this professional process since its beginning in 1978. Annually we welcome new submissions from 'fine art' artists and plan to create a revitalized experience for all participants.

The definition of fine art by which submissions for the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival are measured is as follows;

The selective re-creation of reality, to express human perspectives and values, in a highly skilled fashion incorporating creative innovation through the medium of painting, drawing and sculpture.

In keeping with the 'spirit' of the qualities of great skill, innovation, etc., the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival also recognizes these qualities in other creative mediums such as pottery, jewelery, photography, wood turning, etc.

Festival Requirements (truncated)

Artists are required to be on site for all days and hours of operation.
Artists are required to hang/display a minimum to 25% original work.
All art that is hung in your booth must be framed.
Artists are only permitted to include that medium which has been approved by the Jury.

Cost of Booths

10' - $150.00 + 5% GST $7.50 = $157.50
12' - $180.00 + 5% GST $9.00 = $189.00
16' - $240.00 + 5% GST $12.00 = $252.00

Rules of application (truncated)

For consideration by the Jury the application form must be completed in full.
A $25 non-refundable fee to be included with completed application form.
Application fee deducted from Festival fee if accepted for the 2009 Festival.

To be considered as an Exhibiting Artist for 2009 each submission must follow the rules specifically, in addition to completing the submission form fully.

Entry rules:
Application form:

Buckhorn Fine Art Festival
P.O. Box 280, Buckhorn, ON, Canada, K0L 1J0
Tel: 705-657-1918 or 877-300-9766 Fax: 705-657-2117


Deadline: January 7, 2009 (Hand Delivery)


Michigan Weavers Guild
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
January 9 through January 30, 2009

We invite all members to submit work for inclusion in NO RESTRICTIONS—FIBER 2009 an exhibition of recent work by the Michigan Weavers Guild.

Juror: Rebecca Hart, Associate Curator and Acting Head of Contemporary Art at the DIA

This exhibition provides our members the invaluable opportunity to have our work judged by an outside expert. Please submit recent work that reflects your highest standard of design and craftsmanship.

All work must be presented ready for installation. All framed pieces must be wired for installation. For unframed flat fiber works, please bring necessary accessories/props and provide suggestions for installation.

There is a non-refundable entry fee of $25.
Related pieces may be entered as a group, and will be juried as such.

For additional information contact:
Elaine Borruso


Call for Entries - Information Sheet

Inventory List Sheet

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Plaid Enterprise_ Designers Wanted

Deadline: Ongoing/Unspecifed

Freelance Designers Wanted

Plaid Enterprises, Inc.
Norcross, GA

For more than 30 years Plaid® Enterprises, Inc., a leading arts and crafts company, has worked with designers, artists and inventors to bring some of the most innovative craft products to market. These products are found at craft and hobby stores world-wide, featured on popular TV shows and in well-known publications, and have garnered national and international recognition.

Plaid is currently accepting submissions for new product ideas and innovative crafting techniques. We also want to expand our network of freelance designers. If you have a product idea, invention or are an artist interested in working with us, now it’s easier than ever to submit your work to us. Visit the website to complete the online form as follows:

Fill out the required information
Tell us about yourself – background, skills, specialty, etc.
Review and agree to Non-Disclosure Agreement terms below.
Attach a few images and/or photos of your work (clearly label all photos & images with your contact information)
Include any additional infomation about you or your idea.

Plaid Idea Submissions:

Review the Plaid Submissions Terms and Conditions:

Plaid Enterprises, Inc
3225 Westech Drive
Norcross, GA 30092
Tel: 678-291-8100
Fax: 678-291-8368

Stitch Magazine

Deadline: Ongoing/Unspecified

Stitch Magazine

Loveland, CO
Original Sewing Projects
Feature Article Submissions

Stitch is a special issue sewing magazine all about creating with fabric and thread. Yes, it’s sewing but oh so much more. It’s loaded with clever projects and modern designs for your wardrobe and home, inspiring designer profiles, plus hot trends, news, and inspiration from the global community of sewing. Whether you’re just learning to sew or have been sewing forever, Stitch will inspire you to make beautiful things that showcase your unique point of view. Our focus is on contemporary sewing that celebrates the handmade lifestyle.

Original Sewing Projects

If you have a project to share, Stitch would love to see it! We are looking for contemporary and innovative sewing projects, from wearables for men, women, and children to home décor and gifts that fit our project themes each issue. We want design-driven projects for stitchers of all skill levels. All projects submitted to us must be original, unpublished work.

Note: Designers of all accepted clothing projects must include a full-size, nested sewing pattern with graded sizes.

Submissions by E-mail
• Send a brief description of the project idea explaining the basic construction and key elements to Include digital images (jpeg or pdf) of a project sketch or photo and the fabric samples you propose.

• Be sure to include your name, address, website, and phone number, and list your credentials (such as previous project design and/or writing experience).

You will immediately receive an auto-reply acknowledging that your e-mail has been received. We will let you know within eight weeks via e-mail whether we have accepted your query. No phone calls or follow-up e-mails, please.

Submissions by Mail
• If you prefer, you may send queries via regular mail. In one or two paragraphs, describe your project idea and include a project sketch or photo plus fabric swatches. Include a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) if you want your query materials returned. Please do not send original projects at this point in the process. If you would like to know that your submission has been received, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with each submission.

Feature Article Submissions

We accept queries for feature articles on timely topics related to sewing, design, and textiles. To submit a feature proposal, send a detailed outline of your proposal and any related images, websites, or resources illustrating the topic as well as a few writing samples. The query should give us an overview of what you're proposing with enough details and supporting information for us to carefully consider your idea. Feature articles are 1,000 to 1,500 words.

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Stitch magazine
201 East Fourth Street
Loveland, CO 80537

(800) 272-2193 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MST)

Minnesota Alpaca Expo Fiber Arts Competition 2009

Deadline: March 6, 2009 (POSTMARK)

Minnesota Alpaca Expo Fiber Arts Competition 2009

Four Seasons Centre
Owatonna, Minnesota
April 3-5, 2009

Fiber Arts Judge: Kit Almich & Peoples Choice

Fiber Arts Divisions:
  1. Fiber Artist Beginner Youth - Age 18 and younger, working in the Fiber Art for less than 1 year.

  2. Fiber Artist Beginner Adult - Over age 18, working in the Fiber Art for less than 1 year.

  3. Fiber Artist Intermediate (Working in the Fiber Art for more than 1 year).

  4. Fiber Artist Advanced (Working in the Fiber Art for more than 1 year and has received a score of 90 or greater within a given class).

Fiber Arts Categories:
  1. All handwork - 100% handspun yarns with 100% handmade construction, and/or 100% hand-felted.

  2. Part or non-handwork - Use of commercially spun yarn and/or knitting machine made construction, and/or 100% hand felted.

  3. Partial or non-handwork - Less than 100% hand-felted.

Fiber Arts Groups:
  • Woven
  • Felt
  • Knit
  • Crochet
  • Lace
Fiber Arts Classes:
  • Accessories - Any Technique - Gloves, scarves, socks, and other small wearable items such as jewelry.

  • Shawls - Any Technique.

  • Hats - Any Technique.

  • Garments - Sweaters.

  • Garments - Vests.

  • Hearth & Home - Any Technique - Art and Toys (pictures, wall hangings, statues, etc.).

  • Hearth & Home - Any Technique - Home Furnishing (rugs, pillows, Afghans, etc.).

Rules: Fiber Arts Competition (truncated)
  1. All Entries, in all classes, must consist of 50% or more alpaca fiber.

  2. All Fiber Arts items must be one-of-a kind items crafted by the exhibitor.

  3. A maximum of 1 entry per division/category/group/class per exhibitor.

  4. Items must have been completed between April 4, 2008 and March 6, 2009.

  5. Each item must be accompanied by written description that provides construction details. The construction description requires, but is not limited to the following information: fiber preparation, fiber content, techniques used, patter designer, yarn used and intended use. This description will be included in the points for judging.

  6. Entry Fees: $10 per item for Fiber Arts Entry. This fee includes $3 AOBA fee.

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John B. Aird Gallery Exhibition Proposals

Deadline: Ongoing

John B. Aird Gallery

Exhibition Proposals
Toronto, Ontario

The following are eligible to submit exhibition proposals for consideration by the Exhibition Selection Committee.
a) Member associations represented on the Management Committee for the John B. Aird Gallery
b) The Government of Ontario or other government groups
c) Non-profit visual arts organizations active in Ontario
d) Post secondary educational institutions offering full-time programs in the visual arts
e) Groups of two or more visual artists wishing to collaborate on a joint exhibition, and/or
recommended by one of the member associations
f) Individual artists interested in booking a one-person (solo) exhibition.

Exhibition Proposals
Exhibition proposals must be submitted to the Gallery Director in writing. Each proposal must include the following: (truncated)
a) $25 administration fee (cheques or money orders must be made out to John B. Aird Gallery)
b) A statement of exhibition purpose. The statement must note the names of all participating artists and the goals and objectives of the exhibition.
c) Visual documentation of actual or representative work to be exhibited.
d) Current curricula vitae or biography on each artist(s) and documentation on the organization coordinating the exhibition.
e) Description of work planned for the proposed exhibition, including an estimate of the number of works (maximum 40) to be exhibited.

The John B. Aird Gallery is a not-for-profit gallery that charges fees to offset some of the costs of our operations. A pdf file outlining exhibition fees and expenses can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the Fee Schedule link.

If you are unable to view of download these files, please email the Gallery Director. Be sure to include your full name as well as an email and/or snail mail address.

Download the complete Exhbition Proposal Guidelines

John B. Aird Gallery
Galerie John B. Aird
Macdonald Block, 900 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario. M7A 1C2.
Telephone: (416) 928-6772

Drawing 2009

Deadline: January 23, 2009 by 6:00 p.m. (RECEIVE)

Drawing 2009

10th Annual Juried Exhibition
John B. Aird Gallery
Toronto, ON
February 3 - 27, 2009

The objective of this annual juried exhibition is to showcase contemporary drawings by Canadian artists. For this exhibition, drawing is defined as an art form used either to draft ideas that are further developed in other media OR to create a finished work of art. This broad definition is intended to open the exhibition to entries reflecting a wide variety of contemporary drawing techniques and practices.

Sara Knelman
Laura Millard
Adrianne Rubenstein

Artists are invited to submit one or two works along with a one page biography. Entered works must be original and created after January 31, 2007, not previously exhibited at the Aird Gallery, and professionally framed (exceptions will be made for oversize works) and ready for hanging.

The entry fee is $30 and covers entry of up to two works per artist.

Cash prizes will be awarded:
First Prize, $300.00
Second Prize, $200.00
Third Prize, $100.00

Download the entry form:

Visit the website:

John B. Aird Gallery
900 Bay Street. Macdonald Block
Toronto, ON M7A 1C2
Tel: 416-928-6772

2010 Window to Sculpture Emerging Artist Series

Deadline: Monday, January 19, 2009 (RECEIVE) & (ONLINE)

2010 Window to Sculpture Emerging Artist Series

The Sculpture Center
Cleveland, OH 44106

The Sculpture Center is seeking applicants for its 2010 WINDOW TO SCULPTURE EMERGING ARTIST SERIES with an open Call for Artists. Through the W2S Series, begun in 1991, The Sculpture Center fosters and promotes the careers of exceptional Ohio sculptors during the first ten years of their profession. 4-6 sculptors and installation artists are chosen annually for one-person exhibitions in either the Main or Euclid Avenue Galleries. Each exhibition is accompanied by a full color brochure. The staff of The Sculpture Center works closely with the artist throughout the development of the exhibition and the writing of the brochure. The brochure includes an artist’s statement, checklist, and three images of the sculptor’s artwork.

The sculptor must have an Ohio connection, by birth, current residency, or schooling, but does not need to be currently residing in Ohio.

At the start of the W2S Series (January 2010), the sculptor must have completed an arts degree (undergraduate or graduate), apprenticeship, or period of equivalent self-taught experience at least seven months to a year prior and be no more than ten years into his/her career.

The sculptor may not be attending an art school at the time of the exhibition. If a sculptor chosen for the series enters an art school before the exhibition, he/she forfeits the exhibition opportunity, but may reapply, with preference given, upon graduation.

Submitted images should be of sculpture or installations that indicate current work and, if possible, the nature of the proposed W2S exhibition. The W2S artworks or installations may not have been previously exhibited in northeastern Ohio. The creation of a new or further developed body of work for the W2S Series is encouraged and preferable.

Applications may be made online at / and received by midnight of January 19, 2009, or in hard copy received by January 19, 2009, at 5 PM. A copy of this Application Form and a $30 fee (check, cash, or money order) must be mailed in hard copy to The Sculpture Center and received by January 23, 2009.

Applications cannot be considered without the Application Form and fee.

Print the Application PDF:

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The Studio Museum in Harlem Artist-in-Residence Program 2009-2010

Deadline: APRIL 1, 2009 (POSTMARK)

Artist-in-Residence Program 2009-2010

The Studio Museum in Harlem
New York, New YorK

The Studio Museum in Harlem is dedicated to advancing the work of visual artists of African and Latino descent through its Artist in Residence program, exhibitions, education and public programming, and to the presentation of work that has been inspired by African cultures worldwide. The Studio Museum in Harlem seeks to make the museum experience concrete and personal for each visitor by providing a context within which they can address the contemporary and historical issues presented by African American visual, literary and performing artists. The Studio Museum provides a unique resource for its local, national and international visitors in its permanent collection, archive and research facilities and museum store whose merchandise complements the Studio Museum’s core mission.

The Museum offers a 12-month studio residency for three emerging artists. Each artist is granted a free, non-living studio space, a $20,000 fellowship, and a $1,000 material stipend. The program is designed to serve emerging artists of African and Latino descent locally, nationally and internationally. Artists’ media may include sculpture, painting, printmaking, digital art, mixed media, photography, and film and video. Artists will have access to the Museum’s studios on a daily basis and will be expected to work in the studio a minimum of twenty business hours per week.

Toward the end of the residency, an exhibition of the artist’s work will be presented in the Museum’s galleries. Resident artists will conduct two workshops or presentations during the year and occasionally meet with museum visitors. Artists are also expected to participate in several of the Museum’s public programs. The Artist-in-Residence program begins in early October and concludes in late September of the following year. The studios are located on the Museum’s premises. The participating artists have access to their studios seven days a week.

Artists are selected by a panel of individuals active in the field of visual culture. The panel consists of two Museum senior staff members, one former artist in residence and three participants who are artists, critics, or museum/independent curators. The selection of artists is based on artistic quality and the ability to work productively within the program.

Applicant must be a professional artist. High school, college or graduate students will not be considered.

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Artist-in-Residence Program
The Studio Museum in Harlem
144 West 125th Street
New York, New York 10027

Sky's the Limit

Deadline: January 30, 2009 (RECEIVE)

Sky's the Limit

Creative Arts Workshop
New Haven, CT
April 10 to May 15, 2009

This exhibition actively seeks audacious art projects that address the relationship of our physical environment to human life. An improbable scenario, a disruptive innovation. An idea that is explosive, but you may never have developed it fully because it seemed impossible to realize. Your submission may be visualized using drawing, painting, digital imagery, photography, sculpture, installation, or any hybrid format.

Works that are the result of personal inquiry or independent research are actively encouraged. Works may explore issues of environmental sustainability, industrial and cultural production, the limits of materials, the trajectory of human consumption, or the human condition with respect to the physical world.


Open to all media. Work must be exhibition-ready and able to pass through a doorway measuring 80 by 40 inches. No piece may exceed a weight of 75 pounds. If framed, please indicate glass or plexiglass on back. Exceptions to any of these requirements must be justifed in writing at the time of entry.

Artists may submit up to three entries. Each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and applicable fee.

Work will be selected for the exhibition by the juror on the basis of digital image entries. Award winners will be chosen from actual work. Two artists will be awarded a joint exhibition/installation at CAW in 2010.

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To receive a hard copy of the prospectus, please send SASE to Gallery Committee, Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06510.

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Creative Arts Workshop
80 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06510
Phone 203.562.4927 Fax 203.562.2329

Creative Arts Workshop (CAW) is a community art school devoted to fostering creativity through participation in and appreciation of the visual arts. CAW has served the Greater New Haven area since 1961, offering classes in fine arts and crafts to more than 3000 adults and young people every year in its fully-equipped studios located in downtown New Haven. The Workshop’s two-story Hilles Gallery presents exhibitions to the public free of charge throughout the year.

Gallery at Flashpoint Request for Proposals

Deadline: January 23, 2009 by 5:00 pm (RECEIVE)

Request for Proposals
Gallery at Flashpoint

Cultural Development Corporation
Washington, DC 20001

Gallery at Flashpoint
A key component of the Flashpoint arts incubator, the Gallery at Flashpoint presents cutting-edge and experimental contemporary art and provides a springboard for talented artists and curators. The Gallery seeks to inspire creativity and encourage the creation of new work by emerging and underrepresented artists and curators. In addition, the Gallery provides a place for artists and curators to experiment with progressive concepts and participate in an active, multi-disciplinary arts
community. The Gallery is a venue for exhibitions that explore new and challenging ideas, free from the traditional constraints of a commercial gallery.

CuDC is seeking inventive, original proposals in any medium.

Presenting an exhibition in the Gallery at Flashpoint is a multi-dimensional learning experience. CuDC’s staff provides guidance and assistance to exhibitors during their planning, installation and presentation phases. CuDC staff provides critical support to plan and execute the exhibition, including marketing, collaborating with CuDC on a press outreach
strategy and fundraising (identifying potential funding for the exhibition). Exhibitors also have the advantage of reaching diverse arts patrons that visit the facility.


  • Artists, independent curators and arts organizations presenting work in any medium may apply.

  • Solo exhibitors and artists who are in a group show at Flashpoint of less than 4 artists must wait 2 seasons before reapplying to the gallery.

  • Artists who participate in group shows at Flashpoint of 4 or more artists may reapply the following season
    for solo or group exhibitions.

  • Curators may reapply to the gallery after 1 season.

  • Artists may apply as curators and curators may apply as artists, as long as the above still holds true.

The Gallery Advisory Panel, comprised of prominent area arts professionals, is an integral part of the program. The members of the Advisory Panel shape each season of exhibitions and support exhibitors by serving as mentors. From the time an exhibition is selected, a Panel member works with the exhibitor to plan and implement a dynamic show, helping to refine the concept, review the press releases and market the show. Each mentor can provide resources and expertise that enhance the exhibitor’s capacity and lead the way to new opportunities.

2009-2010 Gallery Advisory Panel
Chan Chao, Artist
Brandon Fortune, Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, National Portrait Gallery
Kristen Hileman, Assistant Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Philippa Hughes, Collector & Founder/Director, The Pink Line Project
Andrea Pollan, Director, Curator’s Office

Evaluation Criteria
The Gallery Advisory Panel will consider applications based upon the following criteria:

  • Artistic merit of the proposed exhibition;

  • Applicant’s arts, curatorial and/or organizational experience;

  • Capacity to fully execute proposed exhibition;

  • Viability of the project and budget;

  • Suitability to the mission of the Gallery at Flashpoint; and

  • Programming objectives in conjunction with exhibition where applicable (i.e. relevant artist talks, educational forums and performances).

Application Fee
$30. The application fee is waived for current Red Circle members (see membership attachment for details).

Proposals will not be considered without the application fee.

Applicants may submit more than one exhibition proposal but each proposal should be a complete, self-contained application.

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Learn more about the application process, plus programs and services.
Saturday, January 10, 2009, 10:30am – 12pm

Chat online, in real-time, on Chatzy with the Gallery at Flashpoint’s Program Manager.
For more information visit:
Wednesday, January 14, 5-7pm
Saturday, January 17, 12-2pm

Need one-on-one advice?
Email to book a 30 minute slot, otherwise questions will be answered on a first come,first serve basis.
Saturday, December 20, 12-4pm

Gallery at Flashpoint
Cultural Development Corporation
916 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam_Designers Wanted

Deadline: Ongoing/Unspecified

Wanted: Dynamic Designers

The Dow Chemical Company
Chagrin Falls, OH

Do you have a dynamite new craft idea for STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam? Whether you're a designing pro or a designer "wannabe", we'd love to hear from you. And we'll offer you all of the encouragement we can, because it's your vision and creativity that help keep this 60-year old favorite fresh and exciting.

Over the last 60 years, design trends have come and gone, but one thing has never changed: STYROFOAM Brand Foam. It remains the highest quality craft foam on the market today. When you design with genuine STYROFOAM Brand Foam, you're using a product that's easier to cut, shape, glue, paint and cover than any other foam product.

The STYROFOAM brand name is the one most requested by consumers and most recognized by retailers. And, because STYROFOAM Brand Foam is sold nationwide in the largest selection of shapes and sizes, you can be assured that consumers will successfully find the materials you specify.

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What does it take to design for Dow? Take a few moments and read through the list of frequently-asked questions below, and then if you need more information, contact STYROFOAM Crafts.

Q: I have a great new craft idea. Who do I contact?
A: Please email STYROFOAM Crafts to discuss your project idea. Or, send a quick sketch to: STYROFOAM Crafts, P.O. Box 68, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022.

Q: What does Dow do with the designs?
A: We purchase dozens of designs throughout the year for several reasons - we provide them to magazines, post them on theweb site, publish project sheets and sometimes demonstrate designs on television.

Q: What sort of designs are you looking for?
A: We look for original design ideas incorporating STYROFOAM* Brand Foam and today's popular trends. Examples might include a project with today's popular papers and embelishments, a party craft for children, or a bridal shower centerpiece. We are always seeking new designs for home decor, parties, children, holidays and life's many celebrations.

Q: What do you pay for designs?
A: We pay market price for designs, and each project is priced on an individual basis. Typically, Dow will purchase the model, instructions and copyright for your design. Once the purchase price is determined, you will receive a confirmation in writing.

Q: Does the designer receive credit for the design?
A: Absolutely.

Q: Does Dow have an endorsement fee program?
A: Yes. We will pay from $50 to $150 for a published design that meets our guidelines. Learn more about our Endorsement Fee Policy.

Visit the website to view projects and to obtain complete details: STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam

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