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360 XOCHI QUETZAL: Artist & Writer’s Residency in Mexico

Artist Opportunities

360 XOCHI QUETZAL: Artist & Writer’s Residency in Mexico

03/10/2019 to 12/31/2019

360 XOCHI QUETZAL
Chapala
Mexico

360 XOCHI QUETZAL is a year-round Artist Residency located on magical Lake Chapala, Mexico. International fiber and mixed media artists who would benefit from having uninterrupted time to devote to their creativity are encouraged to write and reserve a 1 – 4 month residency at our affordable live/work spaces. Visit our website for more detailed …

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It’s All God’s Work

Exhibitions

It’s All God’s Work

04/15/2019 to 12/31/2019

Haehn Museum, Saint Benedict's Monastery
St. Joseph, Minnesota
United States

The exhibit in Haehn Museum features the Art Needlework Department of Saint Benedict’s Monastery. From its beginning in 1867, and until its closure in 1968, sisters in the department designed, hand embroidered, and sewed, at first, church accessories, but within a few years, church vestments. A total of 46 sisters worked in the department over …

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Greta Mikkelsen: Tobacco Silks Reimagined

Exhibitions

Greta Mikkelsen: Tobacco Silks Reimagined

05/02/2019 to 08/11/2019

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
United States

Greta Mikkelsen: Tobacco Silks Reimagined, May 2–August 11, 2019, at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts (WMQFA) debuts Mikkelsen’s stunning contemporary quilts inspired by antique tobacco silks. Found in cigarette packages, tobacco silks were used at the turn of the twentieth century as a marketing strategy intended to increase competition among brands and …

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Exhibitions

25 Million Stitches: one of each of 25 million Refugees

05/24/2019 to 06/01/2020

TBD
Northern California, California
United States

To raise awareness in our global Refugee crisis. I am asking you to join this public engagement art installation. I believe that stitching for this project is a way for us to engage with this global crisis instead of ignoring it. And even though no single stitch can fully represent an individual, the act of …

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Southern Strands: NC Fiber Art

Exhibitions

Southern Strands: NC Fiber Art

05/25/2019 to 10/27/2019

BRAHM: Blowing Rock Museum of Art and History
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
United States

This exhibition features the work of 20 mature fiber artists from across the state of North Carolina. Each artists has 1-4 pieces. Curated by Dianna Cameron, this exhibition is presented concurrently with two exhibitions about the Cone Family History and the Cone Family Collections. Image: Piece by Joyce Watkins King pictured, “When did jeans become …

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Color Improvisations 2

Exhibitions

Color Improvisations 2

07/13/2019 to 10/13/2019

Huntington Museum of Art
Huntington, West Virginia
United States

Color Improvisations 2 is a special invitational exhibition of contemporary quilts curated by Nancy Crow, an Ohio artist who is one of the most celebrated and influential quilt artists of the past forty years. The Huntington Museum of Art is privileged to display a selection of 20 large improvisational quilts by artists from Canada, France, …

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Pat Williams Has Stories to Tell, an online TEx@ATA exhibit from the American Tapestry Association

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Pat Williams Has Stories to Tell, an online TEx@ATA exhibit from the American Tapestry Association

07/13/2019 to 12/31/2019

The latest addition to the TEx@ATA online exhibition gallery of the American Tapestry Alliance features the work of tapestry artist Pat Williams. Pat, a five-time recipient of the ATA Award of Excellence, converts her sketches into woven images that tell thought-provoking stories. Curator Tommye McClure Scanlin, Professor Emerita of the University of North Georgia, describes …

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Exhibitions

Basketry Now: 10th Anniversary Exhibition

07/16/2019 to 12/01/2019

The Kentucky Museum at Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky
United States

This exhibit will be held in conjunction with the NBO 2019 Biennial Conference. The NBO biennial exhibitions have become an important record of artistic work within traditional and contemporary basketry. They are unique in their focus on basketry and in their inclusion of the full range of work being executed by well-known and emerging artists. …

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Water

Exhibitions

Water

08/15/2019 to 11/17/2019

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
United States

The exhibition Water at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts brings together an exceptional group of contemporary artists whose work is inspired by the expressive possibilities of water. This exhibition, located in a region rich with fresh water, aims to bring attention to this valuable, yet vulnerable, resource through the lens of fiber- …

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Artist Opportunities

ART CLOTH NETWORK CALL

09/01/2019 to 10/31/2019

The Art Cloth Network call for new members is coming soon! September 1 – October 31, 2019 Our organization defines “Art Cloth” as material transformed by adding or subtracting color, line, shape, texture or fiber to make a compelling surface and composition. This can include three-dimensional art and work meant for outdoor display. As a …

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Call for Entry

ART CLOTH NETWORK CALL FOR NEW MEMBERS

09/01/2019 to 10/31/2019

The Art Cloth Network call for new members: September 1 – October 31, 2019 Our organization defines “Art Cloth” as material transformed by adding or subtracting color, line, shape, texture or fiber to make a compelling surface and composition. This can include three-dimensional art and work meant for outdoor display. As a thirty-member juried community …

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Exhibitions

Threaded

09/03/2019 to 11/08/2019

Mesa Community College Art Gallery
Mesa, Arizona
United States

Mesa Community College Art Gallery presents an exhibition that reflects a wide range of contemporary works related to the fiber medium. The exhibition includes innovative work rooted in fiber materials, structure, processes and history, as well as art that explores unexpected relationships between fiber and other creative disciplines. Exhibition juried by Mark Newport, Artist in …

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Raija Jokinen, a solo exhibition

Exhibitions

Raija Jokinen, a solo exhibition

09/04/2019 to 09/29/2019

Gallery Duetto
Helsinki
Finland

My artistic approach is focused on the everyday feelings, situations and thoughts we all have and I observe the relationship of the emotional and physical surrounding, including our body and mind. Visually my works are often based on body-related details and they intersect with the forms of roots or branches without representing either of them. …

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Small Tapestry International 6: Beyond the Edge

Exhibitions

Small Tapestry International 6: Beyond the Edge

09/06/2019 to 10/12/2019

Augustana Teaching Museum of Art
Rock Island, Illinois
United States

The American Tapestry Alliance is proud to announce 43 artists have work accepted into the sixth Small Format International Tapestry exhibit— Beyond the Edge— a show that highlights the best of international small format contemporary tapestry. Jane Kidd, a Canadian tapestry artist was the juror. A printed catalog of the show will be available online …

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Exhibitions

Brand 47, Annual National Exhibition of Works on Paper

09/07/2019 to 10/25/2019

Brand Library & Art Center
Glendale, California
United States

One of the region’s most prestigious juried shows, this year’s juror is Alma Ruiz, an independent curator and Senior Fellow at Sotheby’s Institute of Art/Claremont Graduate University. The exhibition has evolved to include an increasingly diverse array of three-dimensional artworks as well as an expanding range of approaches to the two-dimensional papersurface….

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Impact: Climate Change

Exhibitions

Impact: Climate Change

09/08/2019 to 10/13/2019

Belmont Gallery of Art
Belmont Center, California
United States

This is a juried exhibition and first time collaboration by members of Tapestry Weavers West (TWW) and Tapestry Weavers in New England (TWiNE). It features 32 tapestries focusing on the effects of climate change from a personal and global perspective. Whether traditional or experimental, abstract or representational these works reflect an anxiety inherent in this …

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Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America

Exhibitions

Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America

09/21/2019 to 12/14/2019

Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts
Melbourne, Florida
United States

Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America September 21 – December 14, 2019 Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America visually chronicles the history of American basketry from its origins in Native American, European, and African traditions to its contemporary presence in the fine art and craft worlds. Learn more! Image: Kate Anderson, Lichtenstein Teapot/Girl with Ribbon, …

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SDA Vermont Region – monthly crit group

Regional Meetings

SDA Vermont Region – monthly crit group

09/27/2019

Waterbury Public Library
Waterbury, Vermont
United States

Monthly gathering of fiber artists: share work in progress, bring questions for discussion, show completed work. Non-SDA members welcome too. We meet in the large meeting room on first floor. Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. EST Location: Waterbury Public Library, 28 North Main Street. Any questions, please contact Eve Jacobs-Carnahan or Rosalind Daniels at: RepVT@surfacedesign.org….

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“Abstract”

Call for Entry

“Abstract”

09/30/2019

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Sebastopol, California
United States

Call for Artist Entries “Abstract” International Juried Exhibition October 25 – December 1, 2019 Opening reception October 25, 6-7:30 PM Deadline for submissions – Monday, September 30 This exhibition includes Art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead uses shapes, colors, forms and gestural marks to achieve …

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Call for Entry

Beyond Boundaries – open to members in the Netherlands / Europe

10/01/2019

Galerie Zone and High Five Art
Leiden and Baarle Nassau
Netherlands

B E Y O N D B O U N D A R I E S We herewith invite you to participate in this exhibition which will be held in Leiden and in Baarle Nassau (2 different places, but the same title) : Galerie Zone, Nieuwstraat 17b – 2312 KA Leiden www.galeriezone.nl & High Five …

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SDA Grant: Personal Development

Artist Opportunities

SDA Grant: Personal Development

10/01/2019

Surface Design Association

Awarded to support an SDA member’s creative development, scholarship and research. Deadline: October 1, 2019…

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Beyond the Surface

Conferences

Beyond the Surface

10/03/2019 to 10/06/2019

Multiple
St. Louis, Missouri
United States

Beyond the Surface, SDA’s biennial conference in St Louis, October 3-6, launches in conjunction with Innovations in Textiles STL 2019, a city-wide event featuring over 30 textile exhibitions. Registration opens in February….

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A CONVERSATION WITH JANE SAUER

Lectures

A CONVERSATION WITH JANE SAUER

10/04/2019

Address provided with ticket purchase
St. Louis, Missouri
United States

Join us for a lively evening social event featuring food and wine and A Conversation with Jane Sauer. Sauer’s long, distinguished career as an artist, Santa Fe gallerist and curator started in St Louis. The event is hosted by local artist Marianne Baer in her art-filled home and studio. Tickets are $100 (80% of which …

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“Woven Holiday Ornament Workshop” with Dean Brown

Workshops

“Woven Holiday Ornament Workshop” with Dean Brown

10/07/2019

Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts
Melbourne, Florida
United States

Monday, October 7, 2019 “Woven Holiday Ornament Workshop” with Dean Brown 9:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m. Ruth Funk Center Galleries & Mezzanine For Adults Cost: $20 FOT Members, $25 General Public Pre-registration required…

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Gallery Tour of Rooted, Revived, Reinvented

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Gallery Tour of Rooted, Revived, Reinvented

10/08/2019

Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts
Melbourne, Florida
United States

Gallery Tour of Rooted, Revived, Reinvented By Dr. Jo Stealey, Exhibition Co-curator Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Reception 5:15 p.m.; Lecture 6 p.m. Ruth Funk Center Galleries $10, FREE for Friends of Textiles (FOT) members and Florida Tech faculty, staff and students…

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Spinning and Weaving Week Basket Weaving Demos

Lectures

Spinning and Weaving Week Basket Weaving Demos

10/08/2019 to 10/12/2019

Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts
Melbourne, Florida
United States

Spinning and Weaving Week Basket Weaving Demos October 8-12, 2019 Ruth Funk Center Mezzanine Throughout national Spinning & Weaving Week local basket weavers will be onsite demonstrating a variety of weaving techniques….

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Binding Time with Christine Mauersberger

Workshops

Binding Time with Christine Mauersberger

10/10/2019 to 10/13/2019

Pacific NorthWest Art School
Coupeville, Washington
United States

The diary must have always existed in a primitive form, but the first regularly kept diary of daily reflections dates back to the late Renaissance period, when the importance of individualism began to take hold. During this time, people began to keep commonplace books where assemblages of notes, ideas, inspirations, recipes, and quotes were recorded …

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Needle Felting Magic with Kathellen Dodge-DeHaven

Workshops

Needle Felting Magic with Kathellen Dodge-DeHaven

10/16/2019 to 10/18/2019

Pacific NorthWest Art School
Coupeville, Washington
United States

Master basic needle-felting skills that will take you from beginner to intermediate in this 3-day course. Day 1: BASIC NEEDLE-FELTING (beginner to intermediate) • Heart Pendant (felting with a cookie cutter; felting an edge with felting boards) • Smoothing the Surface (taming the “fuzzies” with special dry- and wet-felting techniques) • Leaf and Acorn Decorations …

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Workshop: Sashiko from Northeastern Japan & Artist Talk

Workshops

Workshop: Sashiko from Northeastern Japan & Artist Talk

10/19/2019 to 10/21/2019

Slow Fiber Studios
Berkeley, California
United States

WORKSHOP Sashiko from Northeastern Japan (Tōhoku) Lucy Arai + Yoshiko I. Wada, USA 19 – 21 October 2019 Saturday – Sunday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday 9:30 am – 2:30 pm Slow Fiber Studios Annex 14 maximum | Waitlist $395 | $45 Materials Fee ARTIST TALK & Potluck Social Artist Practice Through Sashiko Presented by …

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Lucy Arai – Artist’s Practice Through Sashiko

Lectures

Lucy Arai – Artist’s Practice Through Sashiko

10/19/2019

Slow Fiber Studios
Berkeley, California
United States

ARTIST TALK & Potluck Social Artist Practice Through Sashiko Presented by Lucy Arai 5:00 – 7:30 pm, Saturday 19 October 2019 Slow Fiber Studios Annex Free – Open to the public *Please register for the evening Talk on our Eventbrite page, the workshop participants have a reserved seat at the Talk. At the end of …

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SDA NYC/NJ Regional Meeting

Regional Meetings

SDA NYC/NJ Regional Meeting

10/20/2019

Community Church of New York, 28E 35th Street, 3rd floor
New York, New York
United States

SDA NYC/NJ area members will be regional meeting in Manhattan on Sunday, October 20th at 1:30 pm EST. Please bring one piece of work that represents you and your work best and be prepared to share information about yourself and your techniques you use in your work. Rachael Dorr, SDA NYC/NJ regional representative, will also …

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SDA New Hampshire

Regional Meetings

SDA New Hampshire

10/24/2019

Twiggs Gallery
Boscawen, New Hampshire
United States

Join Surface Design members in discussion, art share, news, future exhibits and workshops at Twiggs in Boscawen, NH. We have moved the meeting date to the fourth Thursday, and a date for November will be chosen at the October meeting. November’s meeting will be all about books, before we take a hiatus for holidays and …

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SDA Vermont Region – monthly crit group

Regional Meetings

SDA Vermont Region – monthly crit group

10/25/2019

Waterbury Public Library
Waterbury, Vermont
United States

Monthly gathering of fiber artists: share work in progress, bring questions for discussion, show completed work. Non-SDA members welcome too. We meet in the large meeting room on first floor. Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. EST Location: Waterbury Public Library, 28 North Main Street. Any questions, please contact Eve Jacobs-Carnahan or Rosalind Daniels, regional co-reps …

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Thread by Thread: Stories in Fiber and Fabric

Exhibitions

Thread by Thread: Stories in Fiber and Fabric

10/25/2019 to 12/31/2019

Art Works
Richmond, Virginia
United States

Solo exhibition of Joyce Watkins King in the Sandelin Gallery at Art Works in Richmond, VA will include mixed media printmaking, embroidery, and deconstructed garment pieces, hybrid structures created from hosiery, and some mixed media works with textiles and encaustic created over a 5-year period….

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Indigo Shibori: Beyond Blue Workshop

Workshops

Indigo Shibori: Beyond Blue Workshop

10/30/2019 to 11/03/2019

Mendocino Arts Center
Mendocino, California
United States

Dye indigo shibori over color and create exquisite fabrics! Results range from dramatic to subtle, with an added bonus when indigo and fiber reactive dyes interact to create haloes of color. The class includes instruction on using the dyes as well as shibori techniques. Come with a project in mind or delve experimenting. No experience …

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SOFA Chicago

Exhibitions

SOFA Chicago

10/31/2019 to 11/03/2019

Festival Hall, Navy Pier
Chicago, Illinois
United States

From Thursday, October 31st through Sunday, November 3rd, SOFA Chicago is the largest and longest-running art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Celebrating its 26th year the fair is known for its dedication showing notable works of art spanning the categories of craft, design, and fine art attracting regional collectors and 40,000 …

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SDA Grant: Socially Engaged Practices

Artist Opportunities

SDA Grant: Socially Engaged Practices

11/01/2019

Surface Design Association

Awarded to promote the use of art and design skills to advance positive social change that benefits underserved communities or demographics. Deadline: November 1, 2019…

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Threaded: Contemporary Fiber in New England

Call for Entry

Threaded: Contemporary Fiber in New England

11/01/2019

Mosesian Center for the Arts
Watertown, Massachusetts
United States

Call deadline: November 1, 2019 The Mosesian Center for the Arts in partnership with the Surface Design Association seeks artwork for its upcoming winter regional exhibition titled Threaded: Contemporary Fiber in New England. This exhibition will combine artwork from Surface Design Association members that reside in all 6 New England states (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, …

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“Kids’ Woven Ornament Playshop” with Dean Brown

Workshops

“Kids’ Woven Ornament Playshop” with Dean Brown

11/02/2019

Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts
Melbourne, Florida
United States

Saturday, November 2, 2019 “Kids’ Woven Ornament Playshop” with Dean Brown 10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Ruth Funk Center Galleries & Mezzanine For ages 9–14 Cost: $5, Pre-registration required by October 18….

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Call for Entry

The Artist as Quiltmaker XIX call for entry

12/01/2019

Firelands Association for the Visual Arts
Oberlin, Ohio
United States

Call for entry: Artist as Quiltmaker XIX Entry deadline: December 1, 2019 www.callforentry.org Exhibition dates: May 16 – July 26, 2020 Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, Ohio Download prospectus https://www.favagallery.org/artist-as-quiltmaker-aqm Juror: Elizabeth Kozlowski, Editor, Surface Design Journal and Independent Curator Coordinator: Ruta Marino, Curator and Artist Questions: aqm.fava@gmail.com…

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2019 Maine Indian Basketmakers Holiday Market

Exhibitions

2019 Maine Indian Basketmakers Holiday Market

12/14/2019

Hudson Museum
Orono, Maine
United States

The largest holiday gathering of Maine Indian artists in New England featuring members of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance who have received national awards and new artists representing the next generation of weavers. Please join us for a day showcasing one-of-a-kind art forms, demonstrations, storytelling, traditional music, drumming and dancing, and a fashion show by …

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