Join us for the 21st year of A Common Thread, our annual member exhibition. Always a favorite, this exhibition showcases a fabulous array of fiber art created by Textile Center’s members!

Tuesday, July 6 – Saturday, October 16, 2021

Each year, over a hundred artworks adorn the walls of Textile Center’s galleries (this year, more than 130!) in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as it is prolific in scope. Techniques include stitching, quilting, knitting, crochet, sewing, weaving, dyeing, felting, needlework, hand construction, polymer clay, lacemaking, basketry, beading, sculpture, mixed media, and more.

(Image: Somnium, Cindy Weil, A Common Thread 2021)

EXHIBITING ARTISTS

Jeanne Aaron
Chris Allen
Rose Allen
Susan Allison-Hatch
Mayumi Amada
Margaret Anderson Kelliher
Rebecca Anspach
Kim Baird
Peggy Baldwin
Sue Banning
Terry Banovetz-Gerst
Sandy Baron
Jane Bassuk
Elizabeth Baum
Beki Biesterfelt
Sandra Bot-Miller
Sandra Brick
Lucy Brusic
Laurie Bushbaum
Bonnie Buzza
Mary Ellen Calderwood
Emily Chesick
Barbara Cobb
Nancy Condon
Jennifer Costello
Claire DeChristina
Katie DeCosse
Heather Donohue
Katherine Simon Frank
Nancy Fulton
Scotty Gillette
Jan Gjerde
Mimi Goodwin

Georgia Greeley
Sharon Grosh
Carolyn Halliday
Norma Hanlon
Susan Hensel
Maribeth Hite
Kristin Hoelscher-Schacker
Mary Holland
Karen Holmes
Tina Hughes
Peggy Hunter
Laurel Izard
Debbie Johnson
Gail Katz-James
Joan Kloiber
Jenny Knavel
Angela Kneale
Susan Koefod
Nancy Kolb
Rene Kraus
Candy Kuehn
Donna Kuhl
Phillippa Lack
Robbie LaFleur
Melissa Lamb
Elizabeth Lanzatella
Lisa Larson
Karen Lehman
Susan Leschke
Adrienne Lind
Peg Lindberg
Mary Logue
Jane Lonnquist

Brenda Lyseng
Karen Mallin
Nancy Mambi
Jean Manrique
Susan Mansfield
Layl McDill
Linda McShannock
Cyndi Kaye Meier
Diane Moncrieff
Helane Monsour
Susan Moss
Chris Motley
Sophia Munic
Melissa Nellis
Laura Nisi
Jane Obern
Chiaki O’Brien
Jeri Oliver
Alonzo Pantoja
Eve Parker
Teresa Paschke
Patti Pease Johnson
Sarah Peterson
Trina Porte
Ann Poulson
Ella Ramsey
Jan Rapacz
Erica Spitzer Rasmussen
Wen Redmond
Geri Retzlaff
Wendy Richardson
Eleanora Rickey
Nina Martine Robinson
Marcus Rothering

Gwen Schagrin
Meg Schmidt Duncan
JoDee Schumer
Tamara Scott Anderson
Karen Searle
Lori Sebastian
Betsy Shannon
Wanda Shelton
Amanda Shopa
Mariana Shulstad
Ann Somers
Karen Sorensen
Rebecca Speakes
Sarah Stengle
Ruth Stephens
Helen Stoerzinger
Tressa Sularz
Lorri Talberg
Marsha Theis
Heather Tinkham
Wendy Tully
Amy Usdin
Rebecca Utecht
Cindy Weil
Wendy West
Pamela Whitcomb
Barbara Whitney Askew
Marsha Wiest-Hines
Robin Wingo
Ellen Wold
Kathy Yerich

INFO FOR EXHIBITING ARTISTS

Important Dates:

  • Entry Open Date:  Monday, April 5, 2021
  • Entry Deadline:  5 pm, Monday, May 31, 2021
  • Artwork Delivery Time and Dates:  Textile Center business hours, Tuesday – Thursday, June 22 – 24, 2021, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Exhibition Run: Tuesday, July 6 – Saturday, October 16, 2021
  • Art Work Pick-up:  Tuesday – Thursday, October 19 – 21, 2021; Work requiring return shipment will be sent out November 3 – 5, 2021
  • Loan Period: June 22 – October 21, 2021
  • Exhibition Opens:  Tuesday, July 6, 2021; No public reception scheduled at this time, due to COVID-19

Important Artist Information:

  • Work must be finished at the time of receipt of the application. The piece entered in the application will be the piece that will be exhibited at Textile Center.
  • Work must not have been made prior to 2019.
  • Piece submitted must be fiber art-related. The definition of fiber art, for the purposes of this exhibition, is art that is created using any materials, techniques, or sensibilities that are traditionally thought of as related to fiber. Materials can be natural or synthetic, and can include things such as plastic and metal. Examples of technique can include but are not limited to: weaving, quilting, knitting, sewing, dyeing, felting, stitching, needlework, lace making, basketry, beading, interlacing, knotting, crochet, surface design, printing. The work can be conceptual, functional, wearable, installation-based, sculptural, production oriented, craft, fine art, etc.
  • A high resolution photograph of the piece to be exhibited must accompany the application. File format: JPEG only. File dimensions: No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side. File resolution: AT LEAST 96 ppi/dpi (NEW standard web resolution). File size: 2 MB maximum. Most iPhones and smart phones can take photos at this resolution.
  • Maximum size for 2-dimensional pieces is a total perimeter measurement (around all sides of the piece) of no more than 144 inches, frame included. This must also include the space necessary between segments of diptychs or other multiple piece works.
  • For 3-dimensional pieces such as sculpture, the maximum size is 36 inches by 36 inches by 36 inches.
  • Garments and wearable art must be life-sized or smaller.
  • All hardware must be included. Framed work must have a hanging wire that does not show. All fabric pieces must have a hanging sleeve sewn in with a hanging stick that, assuming it is not featured as an element of the art, does not show beyond the sides of the piece. If a hanging wire is used, it must not extend above the top of the work.
  • Artists must included a prepaid return shipping label with their piece, if it will be returned to the artists via shipping.

For questions, please contact Raye Cordes, Education and Exhibitions Coordinator, at rcordes@textilecentermn.org

Exhibitions are supported in part by funds from the Joan Mondale Gallery Endowment.