Excellence in Fibers 2016

Because of the vast response to the first Excellence in Fibers exhibition, we have established a more refined approach for Excellence in Fibers 2016, to better identify the range of the makers and their intent. Therefore, we have established five categories to narrow the entry focus. The final exhibition catalog will be expanded to make a larger publication and include more of the selected works. Prizes will be given in every category. This will allow for a more comprehensive exhibition and increased opportunities for the artists.

There will be a $300 prize for each category, with a $600 Best of Show prize chosen from all entries.

The function emphasis on EIF 2016 puts the focus on the makers’ intentions and can incorporate the vast range of fiber mediums.


  • Wall/Floor Works
    Two-dimensional works, including quilts, tapestries, weavings, carpets, or works in any other fiber-related medium or technique that are intended for wall or floor display.
  • Sculptural Works
    Three-dimensional works in fiber.
  • Vessel Forms/Basketry
    Functional work and sculptural expressions of the vessel form.
  • Installation Works
    Three-dimensional work created as an environment.
  • Wearables
    Body adornments, including wearable art clothing, accessories and jewelry.

Selected works will appear in the Second Annual Excellence in Fibers catalog which will be presented to curators and directors of 200+ museums and galleries that feature fiber work and a select group of fiber and fine craft collectors. It will be integrated into the special expanded winter issue of Fiber Art Now, a subscriber-supported publication that also is sold on over 400 Barnes & Noble newsstands in the US, 200+ Chapters Books in Canada, and select newsstands in the UK.

Selected works from Excellence in Fibers 2015 and 2016 will be shown at the New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, Massachusetts in March, 2017!


Click here to learn about the jurors.

  • Melissa Leventon
  • Gerhardt Knodel
  • Norma Minkowitz
  • Emily Zilber

What is fiber art?

Art that is created using natural or synthetic fibers or techniques that are traditionally thought of as relating to fiber, such as sewing or weaving. Only one of these – fiber materials or fiber techniques -must be present for work to fall into the broad category known as “fiber art.” While contemporary fiber art is often preoccupied with materiality and technique, it’s important to also remember that the best work in fiber, like any medium, has observations, themes, or concepts at its core.

Important Dates

Submission form opens: March 1, 2016
Submission deadline: October 1, 2016
Notification: by October 31, 2016
Exhibition Catalog Release: December 10, 2016


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