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Call for Entries for 3rd Biennial Fiber National Exhibition

November 1, 2019 - March 1, 2020

Workhouse Arts Center is proud to announce a Call for Entries for the 3rd Biennial Fiber National Exhibition!

Fiber National showcases the best in contemporary fiber art from around the United States and highlights exciting, innovative artwork utilizing both traditional and non-traditional techniques. All artists that incorporate fiber and/or fiber techniques in their artwork are invited to apply. This year’s juror is Trudi C. Van Dyke.

Trudi C. Van Dyke is an independent curator and fine arts consultant who specializes in exhibitions of fiber and fine craft. She was formerly director of the Torpedo Factory Arts Center (Alexandria, VA) and the Ellipse Art Center (Arlington, VA). She travels around the country as a festival judge and conference speaker on the business of art and the adaptive reuse of facilities. She has curated numerous exhibitions in all media at galleries, embassies and international venues. Her jury experiences include Cherry Creek Fine Arts Festival (Colorado) and Festival of the Masters (Downtown Disney, Orlando, FL). She writes on the Arts for Fiber Arts Now Magazine, Elan Magazine and the Studio Art Quilt Association. She was an adjunct faculty member in the Masters in Arts Management Program at George Mason University, where she developed a course in Gallery Management.

Entry Guidelines:

The exhibition is open to all artists 18 years and older. All work must be either primarily made of fiber or use fiber techniques. The works must be an original design and execution. Mixed media artworks will be accepted at the discretion of the Juror and only if fiber or fiber techniques are the main components. The size is limited to artwork that fits through a standard door. Floor works must be firmly stable. Three-dimensional artwork for pedestals must fit on a 24”x24” pedestal.  Large-scale installations must be installed by the artist. Wall works must be sent with all materials/fixtures and instructions necessary to hang them (i.e. rods for wall hangings). Works must have been completed since January 2018. All works must be for sale and the Workhouse Arts Center will retain a 40% commission. The Workhouse Arts Center can only accept entries for artworks sent from and returned to the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.

The entry fee is $30.00 for up to three entries. Selections will be made based on images submitted on the entry form. No substitutions will be allowed.


Call for Entry Form and Link Available Online

November 1, 2019

Entry Deadline

March 1, 2020

Notifications and Acceptance Contracts Emailed

March 30, 2020

All Signed Contracts Due to Workhouse via Email at callforentry@workhousearts.org

April 15, 2020

All Accepted Artwork Must Be Received (Hand-delivered or Shipped)

May 1, 2020

Artwork Drop-off Days

April 30 and May 1, between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. only

Exhibition Installation

May 11 – 12, 2020

Selection of Award Recipients, Awards Reception/Meet the Artists

June 13, 2020

Exhibition Dates

May 13 – August 9, 2020

Exhibition Reception

June 13, 2020, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Pick-up of Artwork (Delivered Works)

August 10 – 11, 2020, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. only

Return of Artwork (Shipped Works)

Beginning on August 10, 2020

Submission Guidelines:

Please be prepared to include the following information in the entry form:

Full Name
Mailing Address
Email Address
Phone Number
Artist Biography (maximum 100 words)
Artwork/Image Information

Artwork Title
Year of Completion
Materials and Techniques Used
Measurements (length x width x depth in inches)
Retail Price
Insurance Value
Statement About the Work (maximum 75 words; will be used for artwork labels)

One full size image and one detail image per artwork. The images must be professional quality JPEG images in 2400 x 3000 pixels. Images must be smaller than 5MB.


Several awards will be presented including:

Bunny Clark Award of Excellence – $500
Award for Innovation in Fiber Arts – $250
Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery – $100
Surface Design Award – One Year Membership with the Online Journal


An opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Workhouse Arts Center in the McGuireWoods Gallery, located in Building W16. The reception will include the presentation of awards and a brief statement from the Juror.

Image credit: Gerri Spilka, “On Point”



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