A Common Thread Call for Entry 2024 • Submit your entry by July 12!

Welcome to A Common Thread, our annual, non-juried exhibition that gives every member an opportunity to exhibit ONE of their recent textile works in Textile Center’s galleries!

As this is not a juried show, if you are a member (membership needs to be current on the opening day of the show) and follow the instructions below for your submission, your work will be included in the exhibition.

To complete the Call for Entry:

1) DO THIS FIRST: Add the item to your shopping cart by clicking the red “Add to cart” button. (Your browser will keep you on this page until you complete the application.)

2) Fill out the application on this page below. (Do not go to the shopping cart before you fill out the application.)

3) Click SUBMIT at the bottom when you are done and wait patiently. When your application is completely uploaded, YOU WILL BE REDIRECTED to the shopping cart to pay the entry fee. (That is how you know the upload has worked correctly.)

4) If you aren’t sure about your membership status, please email Laurie at lpickert@textilecentermn.org. You can add a new membership or renew by clicking HERE and adding it to your cart for checkout!

5) Your receipt for payment is your confirmation.

NOTE: Please do not use Safari as your browser, or the “Submit” button will not work.  Chrome browser is preferred!

If you do not see the Common Thread Entry Fee in your shopping cart after you SUBMIT your application, then you may have forgotten to add it before you filled out the application. You can reload this page and add it, and then click on “Check Out” to pay — OR call Textile Center at 612-436-0464 and our staff can take your payment over the phone.

If there are any issues with the upload of your application, your payment, or your membership, you will receive a call from Textile Center staff.

$25.00

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NOTE: There is an entry fee of $25 to help defray exhibition costs. Once you’ve clicked SUBMIT at the bottom of the form, you will be redirected to the shopping cart to complete payment. You will receive confirmations for BOTH the application and the payment via email.

Since this is our annual member’s show, you will be contacted if your membership has lapsed or if you need to join. Or, simply add your membership to the shopping cart before you check out by clicking on MEMBERSHIP. Your membership needs to be current on the opening day of the exhibition, August 1, 2024.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Entry Deadline:  5 pm, Friday, July 12, 2024
  • Entry Fee: $25 for one entry; Work cannot have been shown at Textile Center before. Must be made 2022-2024 (keep it fresh!).  Membership must be current as of opening date of the exhibition, August 1, 2024.
  • Artwork Delivery Time and Dates: 
    • Thursday, July 18, 1 – 7 pm
    • Friday, July 19, 10 am – 4 pm
    • Saturday, July 20, 10 am – 4 pm
  • Exhibition Run: Thursday, August 1 – Saturday, October 19, 2024
  • Art Work Pick-up:  Tuesday – Thursday, October 22 – 24, 2024, 10 am – 4pm; Work requiring return shipment will be sent in late November.
  • Loan Period: July 18 – October 24, 2024
  • Exhibition Opens:  Thursday, August 1, 2024
  • Public Reception: Thursday, August 8, 2024, 5 – 7 pm

IMPORTANT INFORMATION for accepted works:

  • Work must be finished at the time of application.
  • Only ONE piece per artist-member allowed.
  • 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 2022.
  • 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.
  • Work must be installation ready, with all hardware provided by member artist. Framed work must have a hanging wire that does not show over the top of the work. If fabric pieces have a hanging sleeve sewn in, the hanging stick, assuming it is not a featured element of the art, should not show beyond the sides or top of the piece. If a hanging wire is used, it must not extend beyond the top of the work. Any work without a hanging device will installed as carefully as possible, by gallery staff.

LIMITATIONS ON WORK:

  • Maximum size for 2-dimensional pieces is a total perimeter measurement (drawn as a SQUARE or RECTANGLE with 4- 90 degree corners, surrounding 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.
  • IF YOUR WORK IS TOO BIG, it will be removed from the exhibition. Please measure your work carefully. (We have found that often measurements are entered incorrectly, so large work will be checked at the time of delivery.)
  • 3-dimensional pieces are presented on pedestals or on the floor.  The maximum size of H x W x D added together cannot exceed 108″. For example, this is a form that is 36 inches by 36 inches by 36 inches or proportional.
  • Garments and wearable art must be life-sized or smaller. We will provide dress forms and mannequins. (We have mannequins and will choose one that fits your work, unless you would like to provide one specifically for your garment.) Otherwise, they will be draped to fit a 2-dimensional surface not to exceed the 144″ square limitation, and they will be hung in front of or on a wall, based on curatorial discretion.
  • Heavy suspended works, over 5 pounds, cannot be installed from the ceiling, and may not be accommodated due to safety and access considerations.  
  • Objects protruding from the wall more than 6 inches may not be accommodated due to safety and access considerations. 

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 are the responsibility of the artist. Shipped work must arrive by July 20, and include return postage or a prepaid return shipping label.

For questions, please contact Tracy Krumm, Director for Artistic Advancement, at tkrumm@textilecentermn.org

Call for Entry- A Common Thread 2024

Artist Information

You must be a current member of Textile Center as of the opening date of the show, August 1, 2024, to exhibit your work in A Common Thread. If you are not currently a member, please become a new member or renew by visiting our Membership Page at www.textilecentermn.org/member/. (Please paste this link into a new browser window if you need to use it.)

Your Artwork (artwork cannot have been exhibited previously at Textile Center)

Work must have been made in the last two years.
List the materials used to create your piece. Use a simple list format, for example: cotton thread, habotai silk, antique buttons, Mx dye. Do not list the processes or techniques in this section.
List the techniques you used to create your piece. Please use present tense, and use a simple list format, for example: hand embroidery, shibori dyeing, felting, machine sewing.
Please note: the MAXIMUM size allowed for 2-D pieces is 144"--total perimeter measurement around a 4-sided box around the work--frame and space between segments included. 3-D piece maximum size is 36"x36"x36" (or proportional). Garments/wearable art should be life-sized or smaller. If your work exceeds these dimensions, it may not be installed in the show.
Textile Center will retain a 40% commission on all work sold through this exhibition. Insurance value is only 60% of the retail sale price. We will calculate the insurance value once we receive your submission.
If your work is NFS, then enter the insurance value here. Enter whole numbers only, for example: 60
Fees for insurance for return shipping need to be included in your pre-paid return shipping.
Artist website or Instagram preferred; format as www.website.com or @artisthandle. We will include your information only in one of these two formats.

Please provide ONE full view image of your submission. For Sculptural work, front view is sufficient. Do not submit multiple photos.

File format: JPEG only
File dimensions: No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side
File resolution: 96 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)
File size: 5 MB maximum (see note below under File Upload)

PLEASE NOTE: Email images directly to tkrumm@textilecentermn.org, if you cannot upload.

Note: If you are having trouble with your upload and may have a slow internet connection, make sure your file is smaller than 2 MB. We have noticed an issue with large file uploads causing the system to time out.
  • Entry Deadline:  5:00 pm, Friday, July 12, 2024
  • Entry Fee: $25 for one entry; Work cannot have been shown at Textile Center before. Must be made 2022-2024 (keep it fresh!).  Membership must be current as of opening date of the exhibition, August 1, 2024.
  • Artwork Delivery Time and Dates: 
    • Thursday, July 18, 1 – 7 pm
    • Friday, July 19, 10 am – 4 pm
    • Saturday, July 20, 10 am – 4 pm
  • Exhibition Run: Thursday, August 1 – Saturday, October 19, 2024
  • Art Work Pick-up:  Tuesday – Thursday, October 22 – 24, 2024, 10 am – 4pm; Work requiring return shipment will be sent in late November.
  • Loan Period: July 18 – October 24, 2024
  • Exhibition Opens:  Thursday, August 1, 2024
  • Public Reception: Thursday, August 8, 2024, 5 – 7 pm

The following link takes you to the Member Art Loan Agreement, in a new tab. Please click on the words “Loan Agreement” below, read, and acknowledge by initialing below that you agree with the loan agreement terms.

 

LOAN AGREEMENT   

Your initials are required here, to complete your entry.
This is an opportunity to have your piece in this exhibition considered for Textile Center's annual curated exhibition in the Creative Activities Building at the 2025 Minnesota State Fair. Please agree or disagree to the following: I will loan my unsold work for this purpose should I be selected. More information will be provided after selections are made. NOTE: This is for the 2025 State Fair, not the 2024 State Fair.
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