31 January 2007
International Juried Exhibition
September 6 – October 18 2007
Entry deadline: postmarked March 30 2007
Once long ago when I lived in a daylight world, the world being too much for me, I would have gone to grass. Face downward and very close to the green stems, I became one with the ants and aphids and sow bugs, no longer a colossus. And in a ferocious jungle of grass I found the distraction that meant peace.
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
What artist has not been inspired at some point by the patterns, textures, and colors provided so readily in the natural world? We look to the lean, strong lines of a bare tree in winter, listen to the harsh tapping sound of a woodpecker outside the window, marvel at the crooked forms of geese flying south for the winter. The natural world provides the creative self with a universe of contrasts: chaos and calm, empty and abundant, singular and repetitious. We relate to the colors, forms, and shapes of nature, as well as to the wellspring of concepts discovered in its happenings.
In conjunction with the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery at Bristol Community College, the Textile Study Group of New Bedford, MA invites entries for a juried exhibition of yardage influenced by the infinite microcosm of the natural world.
They are seeking work that conforms to the feeling Steinbeck describes in the above quote where an artist goes "face downward…no longer a colossus", in order to explore the intricacies of our environment.
The competition is open to all artists. Any material is acceptable, but the artist must use a textile technique or combination of techniques traditionally associated with textiles (knitting, printing, crocheting, dyeing, knotting, netting, feltmaking, coiling, weaving, papermaking, etc.) Three-dimensional work can be incorporated into the two-dimensional format of the yardage length.
Denyse Schmidt, nationally known quilt designer and artist
Laura Strand, Associate Professor of Art, Textiles at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Download a PDF with full information and an entry form from Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery