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Fiber Art for All

A festive week celebrating one of America’s most enduring and popular art forms

Juried Fiber Art from A to Z Auction serves as centerpiece for the week’s virtual celebration,
raising funds to support Textile Center programs and participating fiber artists

About Fiber Art for All:

Textile Center and its home state of Minnesota are at the center of one of the most vibrant fiber art scenes in the nation. We invite you to join us virtually during the last week of February 2021 for Fiber Art for All, a festive week of virtual activities chaired by Karen Weiberg and hosted by Textile Center’s Board of Directors that will celebrate one of America’s most enduring and popular art forms.

The centerpiece of Fiber Art for All is Fiber Art from A to Z, a juried auction featuring a wide range of fiber art, wearables, home goods, tools and supplies, making/learning experiences, and donated collectibles showcasing artists from around the nation. The call for entries is now open, and will close Monday, January 18, 2021 (see next tab for additional information). The auction will open at 12 noon, Sunday, February 21, 2021, and will close 8 pm, Saturday, February 27, 2021. The auction will raise funds to support Textile Center programs, as well as provide income for participating artists during this challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to the auction, the Fiber Art for All week will showcase a variety of Textile Center online programs including artists talks, workshops, and special conversation sessions featuring auction artists. The program line up will be announced in early January 2021.

“Textile Center has become my creative family,” says Karen Weiberg, Fiber Art for All chair, “and it has inspired me to expand my skills as both an artist and an appreciator of fiber art. It is important that during this pandemic, we are building an opportunity to support artists and Textile Center through an online auction. We will also present a variety of programs during the last week of February that celebrate this wonderful art form and the programs that Textile Center provides all year long.”

Textile Center makes its home in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, incorporated in 1994 after it was founded by fiber artists, visionary arts patrons, and leaders from textile guilds from across Minnesota. Textile Center’s mission is to “honor textile traditions, promote innovation and excellence, and inspire widespread participation in fiber art.”

During the past quarter century, Textile Center has flourished, producing a wide array of programs that include education and outreach programs for adults and youth, exhibitions that are free and open to the public year-round, an artisan retail Shop, a dye lab and an onsite natural dye garden, one of the nation’s largest circulating libraries dedicated to textiles and fiber art, and the McKnight Fellowships for Fiber Artists.

Textiles have always played a social role in bonding families and communities around the world; contributed to spiritual and sacred traditions; been important to world trade; and provided a rich expressive medium for craftsmen and artists, including outstanding contemporary artists. Textile Center has 30 affiliated member guilds dedicated to a wide range of forms, both creative and crafted, including weaving, quilting, knitting, sewing, dyeing, felting, needlework, lace making, basketry, beading, hand-constructed sculpture, installation, and multimedia work.

Karen Weiberg, Fiber Art for All Chair
Mary Ann Schmidt and Meg Schmidt Duncan, Auction Co-Chairs
Mariana Shulstad, Textile Center Board President
Carol Mashuga, Ella Ramsey, and Lisa Steinmann, Committee Members

Announcing Call for Entries for juried action featuring fiber art and textiles including fine art, wearables, home goods, tools/supplies, and making/learning experiences

 

Call for entries is open now through Monday, January 18, 2021 at 5 pm

Textile Center is pleased to announce a Call for Entries for its juried Fiber Art from A to Z online auction that will provide a national showcase of fiber art, wearables, home goods, specialty tools and supplies, as well as virtual making/learning experiences or services hosted by artists. The auction will take place February 21 through 27, 2021. The auction will raise funds to support Textile Center programs, as well as provide income for participating artists during this challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The auction will serve as the centerpiece of a week’s worth of virtual programming Textile Center will host under the title: Fiber Art for All.

Co-chaired by Mary Ann Schmidt and Meg Schmidt Duncan, a mother/daughter team of fiber artists, the auction will be the centerpiece of Fiber Art for All, a week-long celebration featuring an array of virtual activities hosted by Textile Center. The deadline for Calls for Entries is 5 pm Monday, January 18, 2021. Notifications of Acceptance will be made the week of January 25, 2021. There is no fee for this call for entries, and it is open to all fiber artists, makers, and teaching artists.

“We want to present a robust array of art, goods, and experiences at a variety price points,” says Auction Co-Chair Mary Ann Schmidt, a member of Textile Center’s Board of Directors who is also a quilt conservator. “We want this auction to provide income to participating artists, as well as raise funds to support Textile Center programs.”

“While Textile Center was born in Minnesota, we have a reach that extends well beyond our state’s borders,” says Auction Co-Chair Meg Schmidt Duncan. “We want this auction to shine a spotlight not only on Minnesota, but also on artists from across our nation. Many of these artists have had associations with Textile Center and its affiliated guilds over the years, especially as exhibiting and teaching artists.”

The Fiber Art from A to Z online auction will open at 12 noon, Sunday, February 21, 2021, and will close 8 pm, Saturday, February 27, 2021. A jury will select the items for the auction and notifications of acceptance being made the week of January 25, 2021. Details of the auction will be announced in early February 2021. Those selected to be part of the auction will share a 50/50 split on auction sales, they will also receive visibility through the auction catalogue and website and select artists will be offered opportunities to participate in Zoom conversations during Fiber Art for All.

Sponsorship Opportunities:


$5,000 – Spun Gold Sponsor:

Business/Organization name, logo, and website URL (when applicable) featured in the following:

  • All auction/event website pages (Avg. of 6,500 monthly visitors)
  • Facebook (9,000 followers), Instagram (3,800 followers), and Twitter (6,600 followers)
  • Four editions of Textiles on the Town Email Newsletter (10,000 recipients)
  • Registration forms and confirmation emails
  • At the beginning of online events

 

$2,500 – Cashmere Sponsor:

Business/Organization name, logo, and website URL (when applicable) featured in the following:

  • All auction/event website pages (Avg. of 6,500 monthly visitors)
  • Facebook (9,000 followers), Instagram (3,800 followers), and Twitter (6,600 followers)
  • Two editions of Textiles on the Town Email Newsletter (10,000 recipients)

 

$1,000 – Fine Linen Sponsor:

Business/Organization name, logo, and website URL (when applicable) featured in the following:

  • All auction/event website pages (Avg. of 6,500 monthly visitors)
  • Two editions of Textiles on the Town Email Newsletter (10,000 recipients)

 

$500 – Silk Thread:

Business/Organization name, logo, and website URL on all auction/event website pages

 

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Thank you to our event sponsors: