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showcasing creativity in wall-hung fiber art


Common Threads: Art & Fiber

Common Threads: Art & Fiber

Fiber Arts have a long tradition not only of utility but of storytelling and personal expression. This exhibit celebrates the hard work and creativity of fiber artists, from quilting and embroidery to textiles, weaving, or mixed media collage. This call is open to all artists, age 18 or older, living within the United States. Artists are invited to enter innovative and creative fiber art. The majority of the art piece must be fiber component or textile technique. We look forward to showcasing a wide range of contemporary and innovative wall hung works where fiber is the primary medium.


Eligible work:

Artists may submit up to 3 works for consideration for both the in-gallery exhibit and virtual gallery of works on our website. All submissions within our guidelines will be considered. All styles and aesthetics are accepted, from traditional to abstract to contemporary. McCord Gallery selections are based on creativity, quality of artistry and originality as represented in the images submitted.

  • We accept only original works, created by the artist/entrant.

  • Art from a class, pattern, or kit is not acceptable.

  • Wearable art is not accepted.

  • 2D-3D Fiber art and mixed media must primarily be Fiber properties.

  • Artworks must be of original design completed after January 1, 2020.

The McCord Gallery & Cultural Center is a non-profit art gallery open to everyone; as such, the content of submissions should be appropriate for all viewers.

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Application Fee: $25 (for up to 3 artworks)

This non-refundable fee covers the cost of the exhibition which includes printing, reception, juror, and other expenses.


Entry Deadline: August 31, 2023

Artist Notification: No later than September 11.

Notification by email whether entries are accepted or not accepted.

*View prospectus for further details


Best of Show: $300

Second Place: $200

Third Place: $100

Awards announced at reception on

Friday, November 10, 2023.

Juror: Laura Lein-Svencner Laura has been working with the medium of hand papermaking, collage, book arts and binding along with fibers arts for over 28 years, and an art instructor for 25 years in her art medium. Laura's collage artworks hang internationally and nationally throughout the world. She has also worked with Dolcezza, Canadian Co. with fabric design for clothing lines in the past years. Her gift of teaching has led her to present workshops at Dillman's and Shake Rag Alley, in Wisconsin. Laura is a signature member of National Collage Society and the co-founder of Midwest Collage Society. Although she has studied drawing, printmaking, sculpture, book arts and the art of hand papermaking, it is the love of paper and design that call her attention along with the tactile needs to work with her hands.

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