“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

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“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

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“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

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Soft Borders: 2019 SDA International Exhibition In Print

Publication:  Surface Design Journal, Fall 2019

EXHIBITION: Each year, the Surface Design Association (SDA) International Exhibition In Print showcases the breadth and depth of contemporary artists and designers working with or inspired by fiber art and/or textile-based materials, methods, and techniques. The work of selected artists are featured in the Fall 2019 issue of the Surface Design Journal. The Surface Design Journal is read by artists, gallery owners, curators, scholars, and enthusiasts nationally and internationally. Entries may be submitted online Feb 1, 2019 through May 31, 2019 via CaFÉ.

GOAL: Borders are often thought of as unyielding divides between ideas, cultures, beliefs, actions, and interests. They can also be the elastic edge between disciplines (ex. art and science), methods of making (ex. 3-D printing and handmade), or physical characteristics (ex. frayed or neat edges). These are the dynamic areas where opposites meet and innovation is born. Borders can carry political weight, for example the “soft” borders between European Union countries, the historic iron curtain, or the United States/Mexico border. What are your visualizations and material reflections of borders?

Artists are encouraged to submit work of any size or format that demonstrates the use of fibers or textile-based media, including nontraditional materials and techniques. Surface Design Journal welcomes work that embraces traditional 2D and 3D forms, while also seeking work that challenges and expands the contemporary definitions of textile/fiber-based art and design such as: digital (design/animation), time-based (video/performance), conceptual, installation, land, book, sculptural, basketry, textile, wearables, fashion, interior design, product design, and craft-as-social-practice.

Deadline:  May 31, 2019

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“Landscape Quilts,” IQF, Houston

Houston, TX:    June 13, 2019 to January 2020, or September 2020, if traveling

From valleys and volcanoes, and mountains to monuments, landscapes often inspire artists, including many in the quilt world. We invite you to submit your recently made landscape quilts to be featured in this exhibit, debuting at Quilt Festival in November 2019. Quilts may be made using any technique. We would also like to retain quilts for a possible exhibit at International Quilt Festivals in 2020.

Deadline:  April 18, 2019

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“Quilted Comics & Sci-Fi,” IQF and Comicpalooza

Houston, TX:    April 12, 2019 through August 2020

Theme: Entries are quilts that speak to the theme of Quilted Comics. Did you grow up watching Batman, Superman, Star Trek, or Star Wars? Love the current Avenger and Star Wars movies? Are you playing your children’s video games when they are at school? Now’s your chance to create a quilt that portrays your love of super heroes, villains, fantasy, comic book, or anime characters to be on display at both the International Quilt Festival 2019 and Comicpalooza in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Comicpalooza is the largest annual, multi-genre, comic book, science fiction, anime, gaming, and pop-culture convention in the Southern United States and is held in Houston, Texas.

Deadline:  March 15, 2019

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“Tactile Architecture 2019,” IQF Houston

Houston, TX:    October 31-November 3, 2019; Traveling to September 2020

Buildings have a long history of inspiring the creative designs of quiltmakers. In the 19th century, American quilters developed classic architectural patterns such as Log Cabin, Schoolhouse, and Brick Wall. This annual juried exhibit challenges quiltmakers to create works based on architectural themes and inspirations. This exhibit will premiere at International Quilt Festival October 31-November 3, 2019. We would also like to retain quilts for a possible exhibit at International Quilt Festivals in 2020.

Deadline:  April 19, 2019

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