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Fiber Without Borders | A Juried Exhibition

2019 Art Exhibit FiberGlen Arbor Arts Center [GAAC] September 13 – November 7, 2019
On-line Application Period: Deadline August 8

Prospectus: An exhibition of 2D and 3D work that explores fiber materials in fresh, original ways; and as an art-making medium. We seek work that:

  • Acknowledges fiber’s functional roots and contexts, but does not stop there.
  • Examines contemporary social issues.
  • Finds innovative uses of fiber materials.
  • Moves beyond the expected applications and/or re-examines the conventional ways in which we understand fiber to discover new contexts.

Open to: 2D and 3D media including wool, thread, fabric, plastic, paper, wood, shredded plastic shopping bags, bamboo, reeds, telephone wire, simple metal wire, fruit skins, and more.

All work must include either fiber in content or be executed with at least one fiber process or technique. Processes include sewing, knitting, knotting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, felting and basketry, quilt making, clothing construction.

Acceptable media to be combined with textiles also include: painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, needle arts.

We encourage the use of technology, slow cloth, traditional or non-traditional materials, and eco-friendly materials in the creation of entries, but no perishable organic material.

No kits, commercial patterns, work made in a workshop.

Size Restrictions

2D work should not exceed 40” in width or 65 in height. 3D work must be freestanding and easily moved. Because of companion programs planned in conjunction with the exhibition, 3D work will be occasionally and temporarily relocated in the gallery and in the GAAC.

Application Fee

Applicants may enter up to two [2] submissions for the juror’s consideration. $25 GAAC member, $35 nonmember. This is a nonrefundable fee.

Exhibition Calendar

  • Apply on-line: Deadline August 8
  • Jurying: August 14 – 15, 2019
  • Report: August 19, 2019
  • Exhibition Dates: September 13 – November 7, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 13, 6 – 8 pm
  • Artwork Delivery Dates: Friday, September 6, 9 am – 4 pm; Saturday, September 7, 9 am – 4 pm
  • Artwork Pick-up Dates: Friday, November 8, 9 am – 4 pm; Saturday, November 9, 9 am – 4 pm


Shanna Robinson is Professor of Art at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, Michigan, where she shares her passion for fibers, art history, natural color and the environment. She has taught art history on the European Cultural History Tour for Eastern Michigan University, discussing iconic works in situ from Rome to Cairo. She currently teaches classes in textiles, art history, color and design.

Robinson learned to weave at Siena Heights College in the 1970s. She studied at several colleges including the Oregon College of Art and Craft before earning both BFA and MFA in Textiles from Eastern Michigan University. Committed to understanding the processes and materials of the textile craft, she continues to study with experts in the field. Workshops From Shakerag to Maiwa have included study with India Flint, Michel Garcia, Elin Noble and Mary Zicafoose around the U.S. and abroad.

A life-long love of fibers and textile processes informs her practice working in textiles, sculpture and printmaking. Aerial views, open fields, trees and bodies of water inspire material explorations. Daily walks along Lake Charlevoix and a residency near the Ohio River in Paducah, Kentucky ingrained a reverence for patterns of water and shifting shores. Working realistically and abstractly, in 2 and 3 dimensions, with traditional and non-traditional materials, she creates a varied body of work connected by a love of the natural world.

Robinson’s work has been exhibited throughout the region, including Artprize in 2016. She has co-curated fiber shows for the Jordan River Arts Council.


Three awards of merit will be given.


  • Work submitted must be one-of-a-kind, innovative and original in design. Work derivative of other artists or work created in a workshop with the collaboration of an instructor is not acceptable.
  • Work submitted must have been completed in the last two years.
  • Work must be gallery ready when submitted. Paintings and other wall works should be finished or framed. Please use gallery wire, lattice slat-style hanger, or other hanging method appropriate to the medium. No sawtooth hangers or wet paintings.
  • No work will be accepted after the dates and times for delivery listed on the prospectus.
  • The artist’s contact email provided on the application must remain active during the submissions and exhibition process. The artist is responsible for checking their email for exhibition acceptance and/or decline, and other information regarding the exhibition.
  • The sale price written on the application is the FINAL price if the work is accepted in the exhibition. Exhibitors may not change sale price after the work is accepted for exhibition. If the work is NOT for sale, please indicate that information by writing “NSF” the appropriate space provided on the application.
  • The GAAC will retain a 40% commission on work sold during the exhibition. Artists receive 60% of the final selling price. Artists will receive payment following the close of the exhibition.
  • The GAAC staff and Exhibitions Committee reserve the right to the final selection of work to be shown in the exhibition.

NOTE: Accepted work may not be removed before the close of the exhibition.


As with every GAAC exhibition, there will be a full array of companion programs scheduled during Fiber Without Borders, including artist interviews, panel discussions and other activities. Companion programs are an opportunity to explore the exhibition’s themes in more depth and from other perspectives. Watch the GAAC website EVENTS page for more details.

Classes | Non-gallery programming

The GAAC will offer a variety of creative activities, classes and workshops that springboard from the themes of Fiber Without Borders. For more information, see the GAAC adult classes page.

For More Information

Contact Sarah Bearup-Neal, GAAC Gallery Manager: 231-334-6112.


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