Welcome to the Contemporary Quilt Art Association’s “Opportunities” site.  This site provides a means for CQA members to share information about upcoming exhibition opportunities.  Guests are welcome (here and in person).   If you’re visiting the Seattle area, we hope that you will join us at one of our meetings.

The Contemporary QuiltArt Association, a 50l (c)(3) non-profit arts organization run entirely by volunteers, is a Washington state group formed in the fall of 1986. We are a diverse group of artists, teachers, writers, and collectors living throughout Washington, and we view quilts as an exciting, emerging medium of expression and a viable contemporary art form.

To find out more about our organization, please visit our website or our official blog.

Fiber As Metaphor

galleryFRITZ, Santa FE, NM:  May 17-31, 2019

The Española Valley Fiber Arts Center is sponsoring the New Mexico Fiber Crawl, a three-day fiber event featuring fiber artists and craftspeople, galleries and museums, farms, and shops. The event will be held May 17-19, 2019, at participating sites in northern New Mexico.

This call for artists is for an invitational and juried show organized in collaboration with, and held at, galleryFRITZ, 540 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe, NM, https//www.galleryfritz.com. The exhibit will open on May 17 at 5:00 pm with a public reception. This opening will also be the kick-off party for the Fiber Crawl in Santa Fe. The exhibit will close on May 31.

The exhibit, titled Fiber as Metaphor, will showcase the best in fiber work from around the country and will reflect the theme of metaphor.

“If a picture is worth a thousand words, a metaphor is worth a thousand pictures.” —Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind.

Deadline:  March 30, 2019

See Website for details.

19th ArtWear Biennial: Where Fashion Meets Art

Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO:    October 18-26, 2019

The City of Fort Collins, Colorado, Lincoln Center is seeking designers of one-of-a-kind wearable art garments and accessories (no jewelry, please) for the 19th ArtWear Biennial. The ArtWear Biennial is dedicated to highlighting the work of wearable art artists. The week-long event includes a fully staged fashion show, sales gallery and other fiber art and wearable art programs and workshops throughout the week of October 18-26, 2019. Wearable art in all media and styles are welcome, including garments, ensembles, hats and handbags. Garments for both men and women are encouraged. Individuals or collaborative teams will be considered. Our goal is to present innovative and wearable work of the highest quality and provide a forum to share our enthusiasm for an exploration of techniques and materials.

Deadline:  April 29, 2019

See Website for details.

37th Annual New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts

Fort Collins, CO:    July 20 – September 21, 2019

This juried exhibition features the current work of the finest national and international contemporary quilt artists, July 20 – September 21, 2019. Art quilts accepted for exhibition will exemplify innovation in quilting and surface design techniques as well as excellence in artistic composition and craftsmanship. The goal of the exhibition is to recognize the world’s finest contemporary quilt artists and to advance the art form.

Deadline:  May 20, 2019

See Website for details.

Downtown Seattle Association, Seattle / Exhibition Opportunity

Seattle, WA:    Ongoing

Description:High traffic office building in downtown Seattle is looking for artwork to install as a temporary exhibit. A stipend of $500 is available for letting us display your art for a three-month period. The stipend is intended as a rental fee and not to commission or purchase art. All art work must be complete and ready to hang with wiring on the back. Artist must deliver, install, de-install and pick up art on an agreed upon schedule.

Artwork must fill display wall of 60 in. high x 132 in. wide over a 24 in. deep counter space. We have a hanging rail system that uses cables with hooks, so all pieces must be ready to hang with wire backing. Artwork must be relevant to downtown Seattle. Artist is welcome to display information including sales prices. Artist will handle all sales and keep all profits from their sales.

Deadline:  April 15, 2019

See Website for details.

“Exploring the Twisted Nature of All Things”

Las Vegas, NV:    April 18-July 15, 2019

The topic of this exhibit is to explore all media that fit into the fiber category and concepts that aren’t “traditional” and/or “mind-numbingly mainstream.” The word “twisted” could be a descriptive word for some of the ways fiber mediums can be used to create art, but on a conceptual level, it could be about things not considered in mainstream art or social ideas considered wrong, or situations that aren’t considered “normal”.

Special consideration will be given to two-dimensional wall pieces that have a sense of depth and/or have a strong reference to objective form. If submitting three-dimensional sculpture, particular attention to the negative spaces that are created by the sculptural object and how it exists in space will be given special consideration.

Deadline:  March 25, 2019

See Website for details.

“Beyond the Mirror,” SAQA Global

Houston, TX:    October 2020 – December 2023

What do you see when you look in the mirror? In this digital age, we cannot escape our own images, whether taken as a selfie or found on social media. Does our image reflect our individual identity or do we see what we are conditioned by society to see? We need to look beyond the mirror to see our strength of character, intelligence, creativity, skills and our potential to be even more than what can be reflected.

Deadline:  February 29, 2020

See Website for details.

Ebb & Flow,” SAQA Global

Houston, TX:    November 2020 – December 2023, exact dates TBD

Tides are not the only things to Ebb and Flow: Many things in life and history demonstrate a recurring pattern of cycles and change, of growth and decline. From movements in history to the phases of our lives, the seasons, the position of the stars and planets, conversations, even the progression of a piece of music or literature, artists are invited to explore Ebb and Flow in a two-dimensional artwork.

Deadline:  January 31, 2020

See Website for details.

“The Artist as Quiltmaker,” FAVA

Oberlin, OH:    May 16 – July 26, 2020

The Artist as Quiltmaker is the second-longest-running art quilt exhibition in the world. FAVA deliberately chooses not to define ‘quilt,’ thereby encouraging both established and emerging artists to submit innovative artwork, pushing boundaries and challenging expectations, whether they use traditional or non-traditional techniques or materials.  

Deadline:  December 1, 2019

See Website for details.

“THE 15TH QUILT NIHON EXHIBITION,” Japan Handicraft Instructors Association

Tokyo, Japan and traveling:    October 2019 – ?;  Exact dates TBD

The call for entry for the 15th Quilt Nihon Exhibition will be open from July 1 – 26, 2019.

The biennial touring quilt expo, organized by the Japan Handicraft Instructors’ Association, will open in Japan in 2020 and then travel to locations around the world.

Deadline:  July 26, 2019

See Website for details.

“Beyond the Surface,” SDA Annual International Juried Member Exhibition

St Louis, MO:    9/20/19 – 10/23/19

EXHIBITION: Members of the Surface Design Association (SDA) are invited to submit work for Beyond the Surface: Surface Design Association Annual International Juried Members Exhibition, held in partnership with the St Louis Artists’ Guild, St Louis, MO from September 20, 2019 through October 23, 2019. The exhibition will be on view during Innovations in Textiles 2019 and the SDA Biennial Conference, Beyond the Surface. Jurors are Jo Stealey and Jim Arendt. The exhibition includes awards. Entries may be submitted online January 31–June 7, 2019 via CaFE.

GOAL: Creatives continually push the evolution of textiles from their long history of utilitarian use through the use of color, design, processes, and meanings. Works chosen for Beyond the Surface will demonstrate unique, well-developed artistic vision, and innovation. Whether commentary on social issues, meditations on the natural world, humor, storytelling, abstraction, influenced by science, or other areas of focus, this exhibition will include the best of contemporary work by SDA members.

Deadline:  June 7, 2019

See Website for details.