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2018 A Common Thread Call for Entry

A Common Thread annually showcases the exceptional work of Textile Center members. This non-juried exhibition gives every member an opportunity to exhibit their recent work in Textile Center galleries.


SKU: 2018 A Common Thread Entry Tags: , ID: 11760

NOTE: New this year is an entry fee of $25, which is being implemented to help defray exhibition costs. Please click “add to cart,” on the $25 above and proceed to the submission form below. Once you’ve submitted the form, you may check out and pay the entry fee.

A Common Thread 2018 Important Dates

  • Entry Deadline: Friday, November 17, 2017, at 5 pm.
  • Artwork Due Dates: Monday, December 18 – Friday, December 22, 2017
  • Loan Period: December 18, 2017 – March 16, 2018
  • Artist Reception: Thursday, January 11, 2018
  • Exhibition Run: Monday, January 8 – Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Pick-up / Return Shipping: Monday, March 12– Thursday, March 16, 2018

A Common Thread has become increasingly popular – last year we exhibited 135 pieces in the show!
Please note important information for 2018:

  • New: There is an entry fee of $25, which is being implemented to help defray exhibition costs. Each Textile Center member may submit one entry to A Common Thread 2018.
  • The application deadline is absolute – Friday, November 17, 2017 at 5 pm.
  • 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.
  • Piece submitted must be fiber art-related. The definition of fiber art, according to Fiber Art Now magazine, is “Art that is created using natural or synthetic fibers or techniques that are traditionally thought of as related to fiber. Only one of these – fiber materials or fiber techniques – must be present for work to fall into the broad category known as ‘fiber art.'” Examples of techniques include weaving, quilting, knitting, sewing, dyeing, felting, needlework, lace making, basketry, beading. Techniques could 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: No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side. File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution). File size: 5 MB maximum. Most iPhones and smart phones can take photos at this resolution.
  • Two workshops will be offered on “How to Photograph Your A Common Thread Artwork” at Textile Center. Monday, October 16, from 1-2 pm and 6-7 pm. Please RSVP to for either session, with a minimum 48 hours advance notice.
  • The measurement requirements are absolute. Maximum size for 2-dimensional pieces is a total perimeter measurement 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 lifesized or smaller.
  • All hardware must be included, e.g. 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.

For questions, please contact Tracy Krumm. Consultant, Artistic Advancement, at

Pictured: Spring Begins by Rebecca Smith