APPLICATION PERIOD NOW OPEN!!  A Common Thread, our annual member exhibition, returns for its 22nd year! Always a favorite, this exhibition showcased a fabulous array of fiber art created by Textile Center’s innovative members. This year’s exhibition dates are July 26 – October 15, 2022.

Each year, over a hundred artworks adorn the walls of Textile Center’s galleries 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. Your Textile Center membership must be current on the opening day of the show, July 26. Your $25 entry fee supports the costs of the exhibition. Only one (1) entry per member is allowed.

(Image: A Common Thread 2021)

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Entry Open Date:  9:00 am, Monday, April 18, 2022
  • Entry Deadline:  5:00 pm, Monday, June 13, 2022
  • Entry Fee: $25 for one entry; Work cannot have been shown at Textile Center before. Must be made 2020 – 2022 (keep it fresh!).  Membership must be current as of opening date of the exhibition, July 26, 2022.
  • Artwork Delivery Time and Dates: 
    • Thursday, July 14, 1 – 3 pm
    • Friday, July 15, 11 am – 3 pm
    • Saturday, July 16, 11 am – 3pm
  • Exhibition Run: Tuesday, July 26 – Saturday, October 15, 2022
  • Art Work Pick-up:  Tuesday – Thursday, October 18 – 20, 2022, 11 am – 3 pm; Work requiring return shipment will be sent out November 8 – 10, 2022 
  • Loan Period: July 13 – October 20, 2022
  • Exhibition Opens:  Tuesday, July 26, 2022; No public reception scheduled at this time, due to COVID-19

IMPORTANT INFORMATION for accepted works:

  • Work must be finished at the time of application. One entry per member. 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 2020.
  • Piece submitted must be fiber art-related. The definition of fiber art for the purposes of this exhibition is the following: Fiber art uses textile and fiber arts materials, processes, histories, traditions, and/or sensibilities in the artistic and creative conception, execution, and resolution of the work. Examples of techniques include, but are not limited to weaving, quilting, knitting, crochet, sewing, dyeing, felting, needle work, lace making, basketry, and beading. Techniques can also include use of materials such as polymer clay and metal.
  • A high resolution photograph of the piece to be exhibited must accompany the application. File format: JPEG only. File dimensions: 1920 pixels or larger, on the longest side. File resolution: 96 ppi/dpi (NEW standard web resolution.) File size: 5MG 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 (or proportional- H x W x D added together cannot exceed 108″)
  • Garments and wearable art must be life-sized or smaller.
  • Work must be installation ready, with all hardware provided. 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 a featured element of the art, does not show beyond the sides of the piece. If a hanging wire is used, it must not extend beyond the top of the work.

Please note, as in the past: All work must be hand-delivered to Textile Center. Any costs of shipping work to or from the exhibition is the responsibility of the artist.

For questions, please contact Tracy Krumm, Director for Artistic Advancement, at tkrumm@textilecentermn.org.
Exhibitions are supported in part by funds from the Joan Mondale Gallery Endowment.