The annual juried Fiber Artists of San Antonio Art Exhibition will be held September 10 through October 20, 2023, at the Kelso Art Center, University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX.
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The theme of the exhibition, TEXtiles: A Celebration of Texas Fiber Art, showcases the innovation and diversity of Texas artists who create and communicate with fiber. Textiles have traditionally played an important role in the cultural identity of this vast state, and fiber art has emerged as a powerful contemporary reflection of this heritage. Through art quilts, framed fiber art, sculptural pieces, vessels/basketry, paper art forms, art-to-wear garments or accessories, art dolls, woven textiles, mixed media work, jewelry and adornment, and conceptual work that defies categorization, Texas fiber artists are bringing textiles and fibers of every definition into new contexts and exploring social and conceptual implications of their usage.
This is a state-wide call and is limited to artists living and working in Texas or who are current FASA members.
2023 EXHIBITION CALENDAR
- May 1: Call for Entry submissions are open through EntryThingy (link will be provided on this page)
- August 4: Call for Entry closes at 11:59pm (CT)
- August 18: Artists notified of acceptance of artwork
- Sept 5: Last day for shipped artwork to be received by gallery
- September 6: In person artwork drop off to gallery
- September 10: Exhibition Opening & Reception (time TBD)
- October 20: Exhibition Closes
- October 24: In-person artwork pick up from gallery
DEFINITION OF FIBER: As extracted from Merriam-Webster Dictionary: 1. A thread or structure or object resembling a thread; 2. A slender and greatly elongated natural or synthetic filament) such as wool, cotton, gold, asbestos, glass or rayon) which typically can be spun into yarn; 3. Material made of fibers (includes paper), fabric, plastic or metal fibers, tapestry, art cloth.
- Exhibition is open to artists living and working in Texas or current FASA members.
- Art work must be made within the past 2 years.
- Artwork must be original, unsold artwork.
- The artwork must use some portion of fiber, if not entirely made of fiber, as defined above.
- Art produced in an instructor-guided workshop, or by use of a kit or published pattern is not eligible.
- Collaborative work is permitted. Collaborating artists shall submit under one entry only.
- Categories of art accepted include: art quilts or framed fiber art, sculptural pieces, vessels/basketry, paper art forms, art-to-wear garments or accessories, art dolls, woven textiles, mixed media work, jewelry and adornment.
- Size limitations: Artwork cannot exceed 6’ (72″) X 5’ (60″) dimension, nor weigh more than 20 lbs.
- The jurors are solely responsible for selecting the entries that will be included in the exhibition. The artwork is judged by each art piece entered without reference to the artist’s name.
- Framed works must be properly wired and ready to hang (no saw-toothed hangers.) Quilts and other fiber wall art must have a 4” sleeve to allow for use of a rod or slat for hanging or an alternative hanging method with instructions and rod or flat slat included.
First Place Award $500, Second Place Award $250, Third Place Award $150, and FASA Member Excellence Award $150. Awards will be made solely by the Jurors and will be announced at the opening reception.
- The entry fee is $35 for a maximum of three (3) art pieces per entrant.
- Payment may be made with major Credit Card online. Mail in check option is not available. Exhibition entry fees are non-refundable.
- The sale price is part of the application. If the piece is not for sale, enter NFS (not for sale).
- Purchases will be made through the University of Incarnate Word. The University will retain a 30% sales commission upon the sale of artwork.
- After the funds have been collected on any art piece purchased, the artist shall be paid (less commission) for any of his/her art works that have been sold by the gallery/university no later than two weeks after the last day of the exhibition or the closing of the exhibition.
- Once paid in full and receipt issued to purchaser, a purchaser may take his/her artwork no sooner than the last day of the exhibition.
- The artwork must be original with the artist being the sole copyright free owner.
- The artist will agree to give FASA and UIW permission to show the artwork in the gallery and to use art images for publicity and marketing through FASA/UIW website, FASA/UIW Facebook, FASA/ UIW Instagram or in print.
- Wearable garment pieces accepted to the exhibition have the option of being worn by live models during the opening reception.
- FASA retains the right to refuse an accepted art piece that does not meet the Prospectus requirements or is not accurately represented by the images submitted.
- Artists whose work is juried into the exhibition will be notified of the specific details of shipping or delivery of artwork and the pickup of such items.
- The artist is solely responsible for the costs associated with shipping both to the gallery and to provide paid return shipment labels to return to the artist.
- Insurance of artwork is provided by the gallery/University once the artwork is received. The cost and liability for loss during shipment is the responsibility of the artist.
DIGITAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (PHOTOS):
- A minimum of one image or maximum of four images per art piece may be submitted. If three art pieces are entered by the artist, then up to twelve photo images can be submitted.
- The art piece should be the only item visible in the image in the photo other than a solid, neutral background. All edges of the art piece must be in the photo.
- File format must be .jpeg, .jpg, or .png. Image size must be under 5 MB and a minimum of 1,200 pixels on the longest side.
Mary Heathcott is the Executive Director of the Contemporary at Blue Star, where she heads its exhibition and educational programs, guided by the bold mission “to inspire the creative
genius in us all.” As San Antonio’s premiere nonprofit venue for contemporary art, the Contemporary presents more than 12 exhibitions annually, engaging international and regional artists through innovative exhibitions; a residency partnership with the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin; public programs; outreach initiatives providing early access to artists and critical thinking techniques for young students; and an after-school program for high school youth seeking professional development in the field of art, MOSAIC Student Artist Program. Prior to joining the Contemporary in 2014, Heathcott was Deputy Director at Artpace San Antonio, an international artist-in-residence program that has attracted more than 100 renowned artists and guest curators from around the world to explore new directions in their work and provided a platform for exhibitions and education programs that further extend contemporary art dialogue.
From 2001-2006, Heathcott worked with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. In her capacity as Manager of Individual Giving at the MCA, she acted as the liaison for the museum’s Collectors Forum, organizing travel opportunities and collector-based programming, as well as the annual acquisition of a new artwork for the museum’s permanent collection. Heathcott received her master’s degree in the Humanities from the University of Chicago in 2001and her BA in Art History in 1998 from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, where she happily resides with her husband and son.
Michaele Thurgood Haynes is a cultural anthropologist with a PhD from U.T. Austin. She was a curator at the Witte Museum for 15 years, and recently retired from her adjunct teaching position at UIW in the fashion department. Personal appearance, in all of its manifestations, has been the focus of most of her publications and presentations. The Order of the Alamo coronation gowns and the social structure they represent are the subject of her book Dressing Up Debutantes: Pageantry and Glitz in Texas (1998). Her introduction to the Fiber Artists was when their annual exhibit was held at the Witte in the 1990s.