Sunday, July 26, 2009

Gone Fishin’


Gone Fishin'


We’re on break again but we’ll be back on September 1, 2009.  Enjoy the remainder of summer.


The Keeper

Metaphoric Fibers: Untamed Knitting & Crochet

Deadline: August 17, 2009 (RECEIVE)

Metaphoric Fibers: Untamed Knitting & Crochet
Textile Center
Minneapolis, MN
March 5 - April 17, 2010

The artwork for this exhibit will be a fiber abstraction of the artist’s alternative perception of an everyday reality.

Artists must be 18 years of age or older.
All pieces must be conceptual art of artist’s original design and executed solely by the artist.
Artist must predominantly use knitting or crochet techniques. There is no limitation on type of materials used.
Artist may submit 4 pieces of art per entry fee.
Artwork must not have been exhibited at Textile Center previously.
Artwork must have been completed after January 1, 2008.

Awards will be presented for Best of Show, Juror’s Choice and Most Innovative Use of Materials & Technique.

Adrienne Sloane & Karen Searle

Jurors will review entries/images, make exhibition selections and designate awards.

Download the prospectus: [pdf]

Visit the Website:

Metaphoric Fibers
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE, #100
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Telephone: 612.436.0464

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Focus on Fibre Arts 2010

Two Deadlines: (POSTMARK)

Feb. 12, 2010 Early Bird Deadline (will be entered in a draw for a cash prize (TBA))
Feb. 26, 2010 Regular Deadline


Focus on Fibre Art Association
Edmonton, Alberta - Canada

'Green', it's not just a colour. It represents a lot of things. It's spring. It's wood nymphs and water sprites on the forest floor. It's the green of Ireland. It's little green men from Mars. It's jealousy. It's hope and joy. It's nature and growth and so much more. It's Robin Hood and his merry men. It's immaturity, it's youth. It's an ecological movement and a political party. It's the heart chakra from Asian shores. It's nature, regeneration and the renewal of life. It's the go in a traffic light. Green symbolized so many ideas in different times and places of the world. What does green bring to your mind? Mix a little blue and yellow together and show us your version of 'Green'.


Traditional Rug Hooking
Hand Knitting
Cloth Dolls (maximum 24” tall)
Textile Design
Weaving / Tapestry
Wearables (Clothing in any technique)

Competition Rules (truncated)

Submission for the juried competition and show must meet the following criteria:

1. Entries may be from an original idea; worked under the direction of a teacher; or from a commercial pattern or kit.

2. ”a” classes in each category must be an original design created and developed by the entrant.

3. An ‘Artist’s Statement’ must accompany the entry and include the source of the design, inspiration, purpose of the piece, and relation to the theme if any. Credit should be given to the author, teacher, and artists etc. who inspired the work and to anyone participating in the execution of the work. Title of piece, year completed, size, materials and techniques used, and credits to be listed but not counted in word total (see sample on web site).

4. The piece must have been completed within the last two years.

5. Minimum size excluding the mat and frame is 9 square inches; maximum size is 65”x 65” unless otherwise noted.

6. Entrants agree to allow their images to be used for promotional purposes, and to allow photographs to be taken while on display.

Entry Fee

The entry fee is $20 per item for members (see paragraph 4 ‘About the Competition’) and $30 per item for non members. A maximum of three entries per person. Entry fee must accompany each entry at the time of submission.


Entry form and images postmarked by Feb 12 for Early Bird or Feb 26, 2010 for regular entry; are to be sent to Show Secretary, Focus on Fibre Art Association, 6309 – 90 Ave., Edmonton AB T6B 0P1. Late entries will not be accepted. Enclose a self addressed, stamped, padded envelope for return of judge’s critique and your CD Rom. Digital Images only will be returned.

Entry form may be faxed or emailed to Show Secretary, 780 463-5987,; but image and entry fee must be mailed by deadline to be eligible.

Download the entry form:

View online entry form:

Visit website for complete details:

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact us at:

Focus on Fibre Art Association
6309-90 Ave.
Edmonton, AB T6B 0P1

FFAA Board Meetings
First Tuesday of each month
Alberta Craft Council @ 7pm
10186-106 St.
Edmonton, AB
Everyone welcome!

Membership/Show Secretary:
Shirley Myroniuk, Secretary
Phone: (780) 469-783
Fax: (780) 463-5987

Friday, July 17, 2009


Deadline: September 25, 2009 (RECEIVE)

Chandler Center for the Arts
Chandler, AZ
November 20, 2009, through January 2, 2010

Art Quilts XIV: Significant Stitching will create a retrospective of today’s art-quilting world with all of its diversity. This year’s theme encourages you to explore what makes your work significant. Is it the statement your piece makes? Is it quilting lines made meaningful by placement? Surface design which speaks to the soul? Amazing quilting or appliqué? Submit your most significant work to this annual exhibition of contemporary artworks, once again expected to offer one of the finest collections of art quilts on display in the Southwest.

Art Quilts has grown from a local and regional quilt show to a respected vehicle for contemporary works. The exhibition draws entries from around the world and allows thousands of visitors each year to experience quilting as an art form.

The exhibition is produced and juried by Diane Howell and is presented by the Chandler Center for the Arts. It is overseen and installed by the City of Chandler's visual arts staff, housed at Vision Gallery in downtown Chandler.

Quilt artists who want to share their art with a broad-based arts audience are invited to enter. Two or more people may have worked on the pieces. The works must not have been previously displayed at the Chandler Center for the Arts or other downtown Chandler venue. Works should have been completed within the last three years. Wearable art and works less than 10" wide will not be accepted.

There is a non-refundable fee of $25 to enter up to 3 works. No entries will be considered without payment of this fee.

For each $25 fee, you may submit up to 3 works on slides, a CD or via email. There is NO form, but entries MUST be accompanied by information outlined on website.

Visit website for complete details:

Contact Diane Howell at

Monday, July 13, 2009

2009 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition

Deadline: 5 September 2009 (RECEIVE) & (Hand Delivery)

2009 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition
Mall Galleries in The Mall
London, UK
12 November 2009 to 22 November 2009

The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition is a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics. Work is selected from open submission and also from artists invited by the individual selectors. Each section is hung separately to emphasise its own distinctive identity. The impression emerges of six small exhibitions within the whole. It provides an unusual opportunity for works by lesser-known artists to be hung alongside contributions from internationally recognised names. The selectors are solely responsible for their own selection. The only restrictions are limitation of size and to select at least 25% of their section from the open submission. The deadline for entries is in London on 4 and 5 September 2009.

Click on the three links below to obtain the documents required for entry:




The information leaflet will tell you what to do and includes the rules of the exhibition. Note that the final deadline for entries is 5 September 2009.

There are various prizes on offer, including the generous purchase prize of £5,000 from our sponsor ING, a £2,500 purchase prize awarded in honour of the Discerning Eye founder, artist Michael Reynolds and others worth from £250 to £1,000.

2009 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition

The 2009 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition will open to the public on Thursday 12 November 2009 at 10 am and run until Sunday 22 November at the Mall Galleries in The Mall, London SW1.

This year’s selectors, who will chose from publicly submitted works and works from invited artists are: artists Lincoln Seligman (painter and sculptor) and Gus Cummins RA (painter); collectors Peter Bowles (actor) and Laurence Llewelyn Bowen (interior designer and television and radio personality); and critics Julius Bryant (Keeper of Word & Image Department at the Victoria & Albert Museum) and Jackie Wullschlager (writer and chief art critic for the Financial Times.

Visit website for additional details:

The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition is organised by:
Parker Harris
PO Box 279
Esher, Surrey KT10 8YZ
t. 01372 462190
f. 01372460032

The Discerning Eye is an educational charity, established in the UK in 1990, to encourage a wider understanding and appreciation of the visual arts and to stimulate debate about the place and purpose of art in our society, and the contribution each one of us can make to its development. The organisation comprises a group of directors and an educational advisory board.

Imagination Navigation: Assemblage & Collage Works

Deadline: August 21, 2009 (RECEIVE)

Imagination Navigation

A National Juried Show of Assemblage & Collage Works
abecedarian gallery
Denver, CO
November 6 to December 19, 2009

Abecedarian Gallery is located in Denver’s Santa Fe Arts District. The gallery presents local & national artists working across multiple disciplines with an emphasis on contemporary book arts, works on paper, assemblage & collage.

Imagination Navigation: a national juried show of assemblage & collage works open to artists at least 18 years of age who can provide a US shipping address.

Entries must meet one or both of the following definitions:

Assemblage - an artistic process in which a three dimensional artistic composition is made from putting together found objects.

Collage - an artistic composition made of various materials (as paper, cloth, or wood) glued on a surface.

Photographic or digital collage entries will not be accepted into this exhibition.

Jurors & Awards
All entries will be juried by Denver artist Dave Seiler. Mr. Seiler is an artist and exhibition preparator for several museums & art centers in the Denver area.

Up to $1200 cash/purchase and exhibition awards will be given at the discretion of gallery director Alicia Bailey.

Entry Limitations
A maximum of three artworks may be submitted per artist. 2-D works cannot exceed 60 inches in either dimension (framed).

3-D works must fit through a standard doorway when crated & not exceed 50 pounds in weight.

All artworks entered must be for sale. All work is sold on consignment. The artist receives 60% of the sale price. Sale proceeds will be paid to the artist within 30 days of the close of the show.

A $30 non-refundable entry fee for up to three entries must accompany each entry.

Submit works via email (preferred method) OR via CD

Visit website for complete details:

Download the prospectus:
imagination_navigation_prospectus [pdf]

Abecedarian Gallery
910 Santa Fe, #101
Denver, CO 80204
303.534.1038 or 303.340.2110

Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery

Deadline: October 24, 2009 (POSTMARK)

2010/2011 Exhibition Season

Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery
Hartsville, SC

Coker College's Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is reviewing entries (all media) for solo shows in the 2010-2011 exhibition season. Send ten jpg image files (prefer 1024 x 768 pixels) on CD/DVD, or ten slides, plus an image list, statement, resume, and
SASE to Larry Merriman, Coker College Art Dept., 300 East College Ave., Hartsville, SC, 29550. Entries should be postmarked no later than October 24, 2009. If you send more than ten images, mark the ten you want projected.

Mission Statement
Coker College uses the Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery to broaden our student's exposure to artists with regional, national, and international reputations. Interest in our exhibition program extends beyond the Hartsville community and we encourage public participation. We have shown artists from France, Australia, Canada, Germany,
Japan, the Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, and all regions within the United States.

Works exhibited in our gallery are for sale; however, we do not focus on sales and sales are not common. Coker's exhibition review committee selects thought provoking art that challenges and inspires. With this in mind, our review committee looks for innovative works of art by artists who desire exposure in an academic setting.

Visit website for

Download the prospectus: gallry_prspcts_0910 [pdf]

City of Kitchener Rotunda Gallery

Deadline: September 17, 2009 by 4:00 p.m. (RECEIVE)

Rotunda Gallery Exhibition Program

City of Kitchener
Kitchener, ON

Visual artists with professional curricula vitae are invited to submit exhibition proposals for the Rotunda Gallery’s 2010 schedule. To ensure a variety of exhibits and to provide as many artists as possible with an opportunity to exhibit, artists will not be awarded Rotunda Gallery exhibitions in consecutive years.

Proposals must be received by Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 4 p.m. to:

Rotunda Gallery Proposal 2010
c/o Carrie Kozlowski, Program Assistant
Arts/Culture Community Services
7th Floor, City Hall
200 King Street West
P.O. Box 1118
Kitchener, ON N2G 4G7

Proposals are selected by a jury of visual arts professionals. Proposals are reviewed for: • Artistic merit • Professional credentials • Innovative concept submission requirements Please submit the following items. Incomplete packages will not be considered.

questions? Contact:

Carrie Kozlowski, Program Assistant, Arts/Culture or (519) 741-2912

Please visit for details and submission requirements.

2010 Rotunda Gallery Call for Entry
rotunda_gallery_call_for_entry [pdf]

Located on the ground floor of City Hall at 200 King Street West in downtown Kitchener, the Rotunda Gallery features monthly exhibits of regional artists' work. This open-concept gallery welcomes visitors seven days a week. The gallery’s hanging wall has a 48’ picture rail and 48” of vertical hanging space. Practicing visual artists from the Kitchener-Waterloo region who are building a professional curriculum vitae are encouraged to consider the Rotunda Gallery. The gallery has a tradition of exhibiting one student group show each year, and every second year features the work of Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (CAFKA).

Thursday, July 02, 2009

second storie indie market 2009

Deadline: August 17, 2009 (RECEIVE)

second storie indie market 2009

The Visual Studies Workshop Auditorium
Rochester, NY
November 28 & 29, 2009

Second Storie Indie Market is seeking artists + crafters for our next event.

We at Second Storie take pride in our reputation for hosting a well-edited, warm and happy event featuring the best indie arts and crafts in the northeast and beyond!

We're looking for just the right fit for both artists and shoppers alike. Come and sell your work to those looking to buy something handmade for the holidays! Work must be original. Participants will be selected by jury. Space is limited, so send your application soon! The application deadline is Monday, August 17th. We will contact all applicants via e-mail on Monday, August 31st.

If you're considering applying and would be traveling from out of town, feel free to e-mail us with any questions you might have!

Download the application for Second Storie Indie Market 2009: [pdf]

Visit website for additional details:

Mark your calendars!
Saturday, November 28th, 11 am - 6 pm
Sunday, November 29th, 11 am - 4 pm
The Visual Studies Workshop Auditorium
31 Prince Street, Rochester, NY 1460

Second Storie is Rochester's answer to a growing movement towards a new approach to art + craft. We are bringing an edgier concentration of more current art + craft to our thriving creative community.

We are a small group of women working to create something much larger than us alone. Our hope is to foster a sense of family among indie artists + crafters. We're also super excited to provide a shopping experience unlike any other in Rochester, for those seeking something made with care and a conscience.

Shanna, JoAnn, Karen, Cris, and Rachael
secondstorie @

Textiel Festival 2010

Deadline: October 1, 2009 (POSTMARK)

Textiel Festival 2010

Stidoc and the Breed Textiel Overleg International
Leiden, Netherlands
March 24 – 28, 2010

Theme: ‘Sporen’ (‘Tracks or Traces).

Tracks are visible references or remainders of something that once was.
Eddying in the water (wind), graceful lines of graffiti (paint) or patterns on fabric (textile) are different expressions of this.

Tracks can be found outside in the landscape, but also in cities and villages, street plans or wall posters. Tracks can also be found inside, like old wall papers, wall paintings or upholsteries. Tracks colour our life in commerce, industry and religion.

The Dutch word spore or spoor is derived from the Greek spora. Every organism leaves a ‘spoor’ for a shorter or longer period of time. A ‘spoor’ is from something, a human intervention, a memory of what once was.

The Maya-woman weaves her personal history and her experience of being Maya into her creations. Her garments are her memory in which she preserves her memories of the mythical stories and of the world view as passed on from generation to generation.

From tube-shaped molecules, thousands of times smaller than a hair, exceedingly strong and electrically conductive threads are made, making it possibly to equip clothing with all sorts of technical gimmicks like antennas and batteries.

What tracks are we leaving for the future?

In 2010, under the auspices of STIDOC, the 4th edition of the Textiles Festival will be organised by Breed Textiel Overleg (BTO)(Wider textiles consultation): the cooperative of Weefnetwerk (Weaving Network), Landelijke Organisatie Kant Kunst Nederland (LOKK)(National Organisation for Lace Arts Netherlands), Merkwaardig Vereniging Liefhebbers Merklappen (Association for Sampler Lovers), the NbvP,
Vrouwen van Nu (National Union of Rural Woman Today’s Women), the Quiltersgilde (Quilters’Guild) and the Stichting Textiel Plus (Foundation Textile Plus).

All textile techniques are permitted, choice of materials is free, format is limited: two-dimensional 50 x 50 cm (20 x 20 inches) or 200 cm in circumference, three-dimensional 35 x 35 x 35 cm (14 x 14 x 14 inches)including finishing.

The submissions of the juried competition can be seen at the Textile Festival 2010, from March 24 – 28, 2010, in the Pieters-church in the city of Leiden, the Netherlands.

Competition rules:
• Every participant may submit one piece of work that has not yet been exhibited.
• The theme is ‘Sporen’ (‘Tracks or Traces).
• All textile techniques are permitted, choice of materials is free.
• Maximum format is:
two-dimensional 50 x 50 cm (20 x 20 inches or 200 cm in circumference, including finishing and a maximum of 10 cm (4 inches) relief
three-dimensional 35 x 35 x 35 cm (14 x 14 x 14 inches) including
• Only self-designed pieces may be submitted.

• You can register by sending in a complete folder consisting of: a
registration form, signed.
• 1 digital image of the total work, noting the title of the piece.
• 1 digital image of a detail of the work, noting the title of the piece.

The following prizes will be awarded: 1st prize 250 Euros
2nd prize 150 Euros
3rd prize 100 Euros
People’s Choice prize

Competition rules and registration form visit website Textiel Festival 2010:

Press Release - [pdf]

Competition Rules:

DOC - form and rules

STIDOC/Textiel Festival 2010,
Postbus 452,3500 AL Utrecht, the Netherlands.
e mail:

Rumble 2010 Contemporary Art Fair

Deadline: October 30, 2009 (Emai) & (Online)

Rumble 2010

Contemporary Art Fair
Santa Barbara, CA

Rumble 2010 is accepting calls for international contemporary art in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, design, and multi-media works.

All interested artists must provide three examples of constant themed works, an artist resume and/or cv, and biography.

In addition to these submission requirements, a $30 entry fee will be required to process entry forms.

You may either fill out the online form or e-mail the above requirements to Catherine Gee, Manager of Projects and Events for Rumble Art,

Rumble Art 2010 Submission Form:

Visit website for additional details:

Rumble Contemporary Art Fair
322 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Costume Colloquium II: Dress for Dance

Deadline: July 30, 2009 (RECEIVE)

Costume Colloquium II: Dress for Dance

November 2010

Costume Colloquium II: Dress for Dance will explore interdisciplinary aspects of dance dress and costume, this multi-cultural mode of human expression, from a variety of practical, historical and creative perspectives. For four days (exact dates to be determined) participants will attend lectures, see demonstrations, have on-site visits as well as observe or participate in exclusive dance performances.

This unique symposium will be of interest not only to costume and dance historians, costume designers, costume makes, museum curators, archivists, textile and costume conservators, dancers and dance re-enactors, etc., but also to students and members of the public with a desire to learn about dress for dance from the experts in the fields examined.

We are seeking papers on unpublished research, new creations and/or practical experience, relating to the following themes:

• History of dance costume for professional performance: theatre, ballet, cinema, etc.
• Dress for traditional and ceremonial dance: costume as expressions of cultures
• Fashion and popular dance: the relationship between popular music, new styles of dance and fashionable dress, past and present
• Creating dance costume: designers, artists, artisans, stylists, tailors, seamstresses using traditional, experimental and/or contemporary materials and techniques
• Historical dance re-enactment: getting the steps and the clothing right
• Dance costume in museums and archives: collecting designs and surviving costume, conservation, display techniques
• Documenting dance dress: dress as documents and documents of dress
• Dance costume and artistic expression: their reciprocal relationship
Proposals from costume and dance historians, costume designers, costume makers, museum curators, archivists, textile conservators, dancers and dance re-enactors, etc. worldwide are welcome.

Those interested in participating should submit proposals for papers in the form of an abstract no later than Thursday July 30th 2009 according to the following format:

- Text font: Times New Roman 11
- Language: English or Italian
- Author(s): surname(s), given name(s); presenter listed first and in bold font
- Presentation Title in bold font
- Interspacing: 1,5
- Maximum 250 words

Send abstract and a personal biography (maximum 200 words) as a .doc file attachment by email (please write “CONFERENCE PROPOSAL” in the subject line) to:

All individual presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. Please list audio-visual requirements in your proposal. Conference languages are English and Italian (simultaneous interpretation will be provided).

* * *

Please Note:
All Costume Colloquium II: Dress for Dance presentations will be recorded (audio synchronized with your Power Point or visual material) and subsequently published on-line (see, for example, the online presentations of the first edition at the
website It is the speakers’ obligation to obtain any and all necessary permissions for the use of visual material before their presentation is given.

The Costume Colloquium organizers are unable to contribute to any expenses involved in the preparation and presentation of papers.

Acceptances will be announced by Thursday December 31st 2009.

Visit website for complete details:

Promo Florence Events
Promotion and Organization of Events Art-Culture-Science
Palazzo Coppini – via del Giglio, 10 – 50123
Florence, Italy
Te. +39 055 285588 Fax +39 055 283260

Tohono Chul Park: Wish You Were Here

Deadline: July 31, 2009 (POSTMARK)

Wish You Were Here
Tohono Chul Park

Tucson, Arizona
September 10-November 16, 2009

Tohono Chul Park (TCP), an Arizona State Treasure, is the Southwest’s center where nature, art, and culture connect. The 49-acre non-profit desert preserve in northwest Tucson will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2010.

EXHIBIT THEME: Have you ever traveled to Arizona, in reality or in your imagination? In a similar manner as tourist postcards, fiber art postcards in Wish You Were Here will document real or imagined places, trips, experiences or events in Arizona. Postcards may be constructed using any of a variety of fiber art techniques such as quilting, weaving, embroidery, and handmade paper. They will be exhibited in Tohono Chul Park’s Gallery from September 10-November 16, 2009. A free reception for artists will be held on Thursday, September 10, 5:30-7:30pm, in conjunction with TCP’s Day of the Dead exhibition, showing in the adjoining Exhibit Hall.

ELIGIBILITY: Wish You Were Here is a non-juried exhibit of one-of-a-kind fiber art postcards open to artists working with fiber-based materials living anywhere in the world. Each participant may send one postcard to the exhibit. See complete requirements below. Entry fee: $5 (international participants: contact us by email for fee instructions).

Postcard artists give TCP permission to photograph or digitally scan their postcards for publicity purposes, for viewing on the TCP website, and for possible inclusion in a printed catalogue to be sold or for other commercial or promotional purposes related to the exhibit.


--Postcard should be 4" x 6"
--Postcards must be postmarked from July 1-July 31, 2009, sent without an envelope
--Entry forms and fees, mailed separately, are due by July 31, 2009
--SASE must be included with entry form. Postcards will not be returned without SASE and proper postage
--Mail postcard to:

“Wish You Were Here”
Tohono Chul Park
7366 N. Paseo del Norte
Tucson AZ 85704

SALES: Postcards may be offered for sale or not. Indicate sale price on the Entry Form. TCP retains 40% commission on sales, however, if a postcard’s price is less than $25, the artist agrees to relinquish any commission to TCP; if price is $25 or greater, artists may choose to receive a check for their share at the close of the exhibit or to donate their share to TCP.

Download prospectus/entry form: [pdf]

Visit website for additional details:

For questions or more information, contact the curator* for Wish You Were Here,
*Peggy Hazard, Assistant Exhibit Curator (Mondays-Thursdays) 520-742-6455x217 or,
or Vicki Donkersley, Curator of Exhibits (Tuesdays-Fridays) 520-742-6455 x218 or