Monday, May 18, 2015

Main Line Art Center: 2015 Holiday Fine Craft Sale

Deadline: May 26, 2015 {ONLINE}

2015 Holiday Fine Craft Sale
Main Line Art Center

Haverford, PA
November 12 - November 22, 2015

Requirements to Apply
Artists should submit 5 images representative of actual work to be displayed at the sale. Publicity visuals are chosen based on quality of submitted images. Juror reserves the right to refuse display in show, without refund if work is not as submitted. All entries must be submitted online via

Electronic Application
Artists must submit an electronic application to
before May 26, 2015. Applications are available at

Application Fee
Application fee: $35, Members; $40, Non-Members. Slideroom processing fee: $5, all applicants.

Audra Fine
Owner of Deconstructed Living, the unique and popular home and accessories store in Wayne, PA that specializes in handcrafted, handmade, one of a kind items by independent local artists.

Vendor Cash Awards NEW!
This year we will also be introducing cash awards selected by the Craft Sale Committee as best in show:
Best New Vendor: $100
Best Vendor Display: $100
Sales Bonus: any vendor who sells more than $3500 in inventory will receive a $100 sales bonus.

For frequently asked questions go to:

For questions or more information email:
Beth Boardman, Exhibition Coordinator
or call:
610.525.0272, ext. 116

Textile Arts Factory: a bag conceals // a bag reveals

Deadline: May 31, 2015 {ONLINE}

a bag conceals // a bag reveals
International Textile Arts Exhibition and Catalogue
Textile Arts Factory

Neapoli, Thessaloniki
August 3 to August 10, 2015


"a bag conceals // a bag reveals" will be an international event whose aim is to discover and showcase some of the most interesting textile bag creations in the world. Under the term textile fall certain techniques, such as: knitting, knotting, crocheting, weaving, sewing, patchwork, felting, macramé, etc. The exhibition focuses on both the bag’s design and the design of the textile used. Combinations of different materials are accepted; however the main material should be textile. Participants are encouraged to submit both experimental and conventional designs. Only original artwork is accepted.


"a bag conceals // a bag reveals" is open to any textile artists, fashion designers, crafters, designers etc of any nationality, over the age of 18. Entries must follow exhibition theme. The number of artwork that an artist can submit is up to three. Works must be ready for installation. All works must include proper instructions on how to be installed (if necessary).


A non-refundable fee for the artwork submitted is $15 per entry or $40 per three entries. Fees are paid after the acceptance of the artist’s work.


•Each submission must be represented by two to three images: one general view and two details of the artwork on neutral background.
•Images must be in JPEG or TIFF format (max image size 1024 Kb).
•Each image file should be labeled with entry number (01, 02, or 03), last name, first name, and title (e.g. 01_Smith_John_Abstract.jpg).
•Apart from the images a short description of each work, materials and retail prices in euro should be included.

Online Registration Form

Visit website for complete details:


Textile Arts Factory
33 Didimotihou Str,
567 27 Neapoli, Thessaloniki

Jaffe Center for Book Arts: Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence Program

Deadline: June 15, 2015 {RECEIVE}

Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence Program
Jaffe Center for Book Arts

Florida Atlantic University Libraries
Boca Raton, Florida
Fall 2015

The Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence Program funds two working residencies for artists each academic year at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, in the fall and spring semesters. Artists working in the book arts (and other media, too, as long as the creative project can be thought of as book arts related) are encouraged to apply for this prestigious and competitive award. We accept applications from artists from all over the world.

Poet and artist Helen M. Salzberg established the Salzberg AIR Program in 2011. Income from this endowed fund enables artists working in the book arts to come to the Jaffe Center on a semester basis to work and teach at the center. While here, the artist will produce a creative project using JCBA studios and also teach a workshop for FAU students and the general public and mentor FAU students as his or her schedule allows. The Salzberg AIR Program gives our students the opportunity to work alongside highly talented and creative book artists.

The next Salzberg Artist in Residence for which we will be accepting applications is Fall 2015. The residency period is for the Fall Semester, which runs mid August through early December. AIRs are not required to be at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts for the duration of the semester. However, we do require each resident to complete his or her creative project, teach the resident's workshop, and vacate the studios by the end of the semester. The Fall 2015 Salzberg AIR will receive a stipend of $3,000.

Download Application:

Visit website for more details:

The Arthur & Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts
Wimberly Library, Room 350
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
Telephone: 561.297.0226

International Organization of Lace: 2015 I.O.L.I. Lace Contest

Deadline: July 1, 2015 {POSTMARK}

2015 I.O.L.I. Lace Contest
“Lace on the Prairie”
International Organization of Lace

Coralville, IA
2015 Convention

“Life on the Prairie” may suggest amber waves of grain, the indigenous people and tribes, the beautiful prairie wildflowers, and the unique prairie animals—both those living today, as well as the fossils from prehistoric times. It might also suggest the settling of the prairie and calico sunbonnets and gingham aprons.

The state flower is the wild rose; the state bird is the eastern goldfinch; the state colors are red, white, and blue. Your entry must include at least one colored thread.

This theme can take you in a multitude of directions. It is open to the inspiration of this wonderful part of our country and to your creativity!

2015 I.O.L.I. Lace Contest Rules (truncated)

1. All entrants must be members of I.O.L.I. for the current year of the contest.
2. Teachers and Professional lacemakers are ineligible to enter the Original Design and the Technical Proficiency categories.
3. All entries must incorporate a minimum of one colored thread into the design of the lace. "Colored thread" is defined for this purpose as any color other than white or ecru. Entries may be made of one color entirely, for example all black threads. However, if white or ecru is used, you must use at least one additional color. If the thread is not obvious, the lacer must place a note on the entry form indicating where it can be found in the lace.
4. The entry can be 2-D or 3-D. The maximum size including the frame and matting and/or props is 15 inches x 15 inches for the 2-D and 15 inches x 15 inches x 15 inches for the 3-D entries. For a 3 D entry, the entrant should supply the necessary tools to display the entry properly.
5. Actual lace piece must be entered. Photo or photocopy is not acceptable.
6. The lace may be mounted or framed, but no glass, plastic or Plexiglas may be over the lace or it will be disqualified.

The Prizes:
i) Doris Southard Award– $100
ii) Original Design – 1st $100; 2nd $75; 3rd $50
iii) Technical Proficiency – 1st $75; 2nd $50; 3rd $25
iv) Winner of Popular vote – 1 year complimentary I.O.L.I. membership

Download 2015 Lace Contest Entry Form.

Download 2015 Lace Contest Rules

If you have any questions about the contest or submission, contact the 2015 Lace Contest Chair: Belinda Belisle at 562-596-7882

some things looming, Entangled: A Fiber Exhibition

Deadline: July 11, 2015 {EMAIL} or {POSTMARK}

Entangled: A Fiber Exhibition
Some Things Looming

Reading, PA
September 12, 2015 to October 24, 2015

Our daily lives are complex and miraculous. There is an ever expanding interconnectedness that we have with one another in both our private and public lives. This interconnectedness can also feel overwhelming and pressure-filled. Communications can be ‘jumbled’ and misunderstood in a text ‘thread’, for example. Our relationships are complicated- family, friend, foe. ‘some things looming’ invites artists to connect with our audience as they interpret “Entangled” utilizing fiber techniques.

Rules for Entering: (truncated)

 All work must be original, one-of a- kind, made by the artist submitting the entry.
 Artists may submit up to a maximum of three, completed within the last three years, to be in the exhibition.
 Due to space restrictions, 2-D work must be 40”x40” or less, 3-D work on pedestals no larger than 18”x18”x18.” Freestanding works will be accepted. No
large installations can be considered. Yardage is acceptable.
 Entries must be postmarked or electronically received by July 11, 2015. No exceptions! Our entry form and entry fee of $35 must accompany your entry.
 Art may be for sale. STL takes 30% commission
 Artwork must stay hanging for the duration of the exhibit
 STL is responsible for all press releases, price lists, gallery labels, gallery sitting and listings in local media
 All work is insured while at our facility

Juror: Kathryn Pannepacker, textile/visual artist based in Philadelphia, PA.

Selection of Artwork:

Entries will be selected by ‘some things looming’ based on their quality and relevance to the goal/theme of the exhibit. Unusual, experimental, and traditional fiber work is all good. Please be certain that it is quality prepared for exhibit, completed within the last three years, and have relevance to the theme.

Selected artists are responsible for costs of shipping their work to and from the gallery.


some things looming
526 washington street
reading, pa 19601

Abecedarian Gallery, Content: Artifact

Two Deadlines: {ONLINE}

June 6, 2015 (midnight, MST)
Deadline for early bird submissions

July 23, 2015 (midnight, MST)
Final deadline for submissions

Content: Artifact
International juried exhibition of Book Works
Abecedarian Gallery

Denver, CO
September 17 - October 31, 2015

Content: Artifact is the second of Abecedarian Gallery’s juried exhibitions for 2015. This exhibition will celebrate the artists’ book form as one that goes beyond acting as a container for information, as an object that holds more than text and/or images arranged in a set sequence of pages.

Rather than proposing a strict set of limitations, this exhibit aims to encourage artists working in the book form to use the definition, etymology or other interpretation of the word ‘artifact’ as inspiration for the creation of new works, or as a tool to select existing works for submission to this call:

n. 1 an object made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest.
2 something observed in a scientific investigation or experiment that is not naturally present but occurs as a result of the preparative or investigative procedure.

ORIGIN early 19th cent.: from Latin arte ‘by or using art’ + factum ‘something made’ (neuter past participle of facere ‘make’).

Other interpretation:
This example is from Alisa Golden’s Making Handmade Books blog post What We Make: Artifact (Friday, January 30, 2015):

Art - shaping of the world via imagination and invention
I - the personal voice
Fact - connection to daily life, reality, science, or the external world.

• Open to any artist 18 years of age or older.
• If you live outside the United States, please contact gallery for additional submission guidelines.
• Eligible are any artist book works other than SPOD (Self Published On Demand). Books may be editioned or unique, sculptural or more traditionally bound, interactive or passive.
• All entries must be available for sale during the exhibition dates. The prices you submit during the entry process are the retail prices the gallery will adhere to throughout the duration of the exhibition.

• Books that measure more than 18 inches (closed) or 36 inches (open) in any dimension are ineligible.
• Wall works that require use of anchor bolts or other specialty installation hardware are ineligible.
• If your work requires special installation, please contact gallery before submitting your entry.

Katherine Crowe, Curator of Special Collections and Archives, University of Denver Libraries, Denver, Colorado.

Complete details including link to application and guidelines available on website:

Abecedarian Gallery
910 Santa Fe Dr, #101
Denver Colorado USA 80204

Women’s Caucus for Art, Philadelphia Chapter: Old Enough to Know Better

Deadline: August 15, 2015 {ONLINE}

Old Enough to Know Better
International Juried Exhibition
Women’s Caucus for Art,
Philadelphia Chapter

Crane Arts Gallery 109
Philadelphia, PA
November 1 — November 28, 2015

An international juried exhibition sponsored by the Women’s Caucus for Art, Philadelphia Chapter, of work by mid-career and emerging women, and women-identified, artists over the age of 35.

THEME: The contextual space of this show is the stubbornness and persistence of artistic vocation.


International call; open to mid-career and emerging women and women-identified artists over the age of 35. Entries must have been completed within five years of the application deadline.

JURORS: Eileen Neff and Diane Burko

ENTRY FEE: $25 for WCA members /$35 for all others

Crane Arts Gallery 109
1400 North American Street
Philadelphia PA 19122

Complete details available on website:

2016 Niche Awards

Deadline: August 21, 2015 {ONLINE}

2016 Niche Awards
Sponsored by NICHE magazine

The Rosen Group
Baltimore MD

Sponsored by NICHE magazine, the NICHE Awards program began in 1989 to celebrate excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft.

The NICHE Awards competition is open to professional craft artists ages 21 and older who reside in America or Canada and are actively involved in the design and production of craft work supplied to galleries and/or craft stores. All work must have been made and finished in the United States or Canada. Work produced or finished in secondary studios in other countries may not be submitted.

The NICHE Awards Student competition is open to any craft student attending an American or Canadian undergraduate, graduate or certificate arts program, and the work itself must have been produced in the United States or Canada while the student was attending the arts program. Student artists may enter as a student for up to one (1) year after graduation; however, the work submitted must have been produced while an artist was still a student.

The 2015 NICHE Awards competition seeks NEW WORK in all categories, whether student or professional.  Submitted work must have been designed, produced or introduced after October 1, 2014 to be eligible. Work previously submitted to the competition will not be accepted. All work must be designed and made by the artist or a collaboration of artists, with all collaborators identified.


The only way to enter the 2016 NICHE Awards or 2016 NICHE Student Awards is by completing an application online. Paper applications will not be accepted.

One application (and one fee) enables you to submit three pieces of work. Only one application is allowed per artist. Each application allows for up to
three pieces of work to be submitted. Artists who submit more than one application or more than three pieces will be disqualified.

No more than two pieces may be submitted in any single category. If you submit three pieces, the third piece must be entered in a different category.  You may choose to submit artworks in three different categories if you wish.

The competition is judged on a per piece basis, not on an application or portfolio basis. It is therefore possible to be a two-time or three-time finalist or winner in a given year.

Artists may enter in either the professional division or student division, but not in both in a given year.

Contest categories include ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, wood, jewelry and more!

Judging of entries is based on three main criteria:

 Technical excellence, both in surface design and form
 Distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought
 Market viability (professional entries only)


The cost to enter is $40 for professionals, $20 for professionals who will be exhibiting at American Made Show in 2016, and $20 for students.

Visit website for complete details including link to online application:


NICHE Awards
3000 Chestnut Ave., Ste. 300
Baltimore MD 21211
Phone: 410-889-3093

The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri 45th Annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Extravaganza

Deadline: November 2, 2015 {POSTMARK}

45th Annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Extravaganza
Arts Council of Southeast Missouri

Osage Centre and Show Me Center
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
November 21 and 22, 2015

45th Annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Extravaganza presented by The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri

GUIDELINES (truncated)
• All items must be handmade in the USA by the exhibitor, or the character of the item must be substantially altered or embellished by the exhibitor. Items sold must reflect what is represented on the application and in supplemental photos.
• This application process does not include any guarantee of exclusivity to exhibitors.
• The exhibitor must accompany their work and agree to demonstrate a professional and courteous attitude towards the volunteers and staff of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri.
• All displays must remain entirely within the space provided. Aisle space must not be infringed upon. Storage must be covered and out of sight. Floor length table skirts are required.

A Best of Show winner will be chosen at each location. The Best of Show winners will receive a certificate and one free booth space to be redeemed at the Christmas Arts and Crafts Extravaganza in 2016

Booth fee before Sept. 1, 2015
10’ x 10’…..$175
5’ x 10’…..$100
All Corner Spaces ADD…..$20
Outdoor Spaces…..$200
Tables-8’ x 30”…..$20
Electricity-one 110v outlet….$30
Processing Fee …………....$20
Booth fees after Sept. 1, 2015
add 10% of total

Download Application:

Visit website for complete details:

Arts Council of Southeast Missouri
32 N. Main
P. O. Box 901
Cape Girardeau, MO 63702-0901
Direct Line: 573.334.9233
Fax Line: 573.334.4238