Excellence in Fibers 2017

Excellence in Fibers 2017 will maintain the five categories that were established in EIF 2016. The function emphasis of the five categories puts the focus on the makers’ intentions and can incorporate the vast range of fiber mediums. ENTRY FORM


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.

Body adornments, including wearable art clothing, accessories and jewelry.

The number of works selected for each category will be in relation to the number of works submitted. For example, if more works are submitted for the Wall/Floor Works category, more works from that category will be juried into the exhibition. This will ensure even consideration for artist work in every category.

There will be a $300 prize for each of the five categories, with a $500 Award for Excellence in Fibers prize chosen from all entries.

Selected works will appear in the Third Annual Excellence in Fibers catalog which will be presented to curators and directors of 300+ 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, Books A Million, and Dick Blick newsstands in the US, Chapters Books in Canada, and select newsstands in the UK.

All work that is juried into the exhibition will be invited to be shown at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles October 19, 2018-January 13, 2019. Note that work does not have to be available for the exhibition to be juried into Excellence in Fibers, and the jurying process will not be impacted by availability. If artist work has been sold or is otherwise unavailable and is selected by the juror, it will still be shown in the magazine, showcased on the newsstands, sent to curators and executive directors of fine craft-related museums and galleries, and given ongoing exposure. Note that Fiber Art Now regularly consults the EIF artists for consideration as featured artists in the magazine throughout the year.
Important Dates

Submission form opens: June 1, 2017
Submission deadline: October 9, 2017
Notification: by October 31, 2017
Exhibition Catalog Release: December 10, 2017
Exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles: October 19, 2018-January 13, 2019

Excellence in Fibers is now a juried print and full museum exhibition. A full color catalog of the exhibition will be published within the winter, 2018 issue of Fiber Art Now magazine. It is essential that the image provided is of a quality that will reproduce accurately and meet the high standards of a professional art publication. Exhibiting artists will receive a complimentary copy. Catalogs will also be available for purchase.


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Registration is now open. The last day to register is October 1, 2017 until midnight CDT.



Questions about Excellence in Fibers? marcia@fiberartnow.net

Questions about the submission form? lisa@ellisquilts.com