Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Threads of Resistance

The Artist Circle presents “Threads of Resistance,” a juried exhibition of work created to protest the Trump administration’s actions and policies.

We invite you to consider the theme “Threads of Resistance,” and create work – fiber art, art quilts, modern quilts or traditional quilts – to convey your passion, anger, or sadness about an issue that concerns you. Your work can be either positive (encouraging and unifying), or negative (portraying anger, sadness or discouragement). Possible themes include:

Refugee crisis
Climate change
Black Lives Matter/racism
Attack on science
Gag rules on federal employees
The Women’s March Jan. 21, 2017
Sexual violence/sexual assault
Equal rights/equal pay for women
Women’s reproductive rights
LGBT rights/gay marriage
Freedom of the press
Fake news and lies
Supreme Court nominees
White nationalism/supremacy
Electoral college
Border wall
“America First” policy
Income disparity
Freedom of religion and worship/religious discrimination
Gun control/gun violence

General information
  • You may submit up to three pieces of work. Multiple works by a single artist may be accepted.
  • Entry will be through an online system.
  • The entry fee is $30 for up to 3 pieces.
  • Each entry must include an artist’s statement that will accompany the piece in the exhibition(s). Curators reserve the right to edit artist statements for clarity and length.
  • Submissions must be a minimum of 20” wide x 20” high, and a maximum of 48” wide x 60” high.
  • Nothing can hang off the bottom or sides of the piece.
  •  No sharp or fragile embellishments.
  • Each piece must have a 4” fabric hanging sleeve on the back. (Further instructions will accompany acceptance notifications.)
  • No mounted or framed work can be accepted.
  • No material in your piece may be copyrighted.
  • No work may include a call to violence. (But it may portray violence, or include profanity or nudity, as long as it supports the theme of the piece, and is not gratuitous).
  • Information about the exhibition is available at http://www.threadsofresistance.blogspot.com, which will eventually feature works and artists in the exhibition. 

Other issues still under consideration:
  • We are seeking venues, and do not know how many venues might be interested. Information about this will be announced on the blog. 
  • We are unsure about the size of the exhibition (the number or works that will be accepted) because this is dependent on the venue. 
  • Entry fees will be used to cover the online entry system, marketing, and as much of the return shipping costs as possible. Exhibitors will be responsible for covering the cost of shipping their entries to the exhibition venue. Any excess money will be split between the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), and IRC (International Rescue Committee).  
  • We are planning to publish an exhibition catalogue.
Important dates
Feb 14, 2017: Online entry opens
May 1, 2017: Online entry closes
On or before June 1, 2017: Acceptances/rejections will be sent out via e-mail.

E-mail threadsofresistance.exhibition@gmail.com to put your name on the e-mail list to get news when the online entry system goes live.

The Artist Circle
Sue Bleiweiss
Susan Brubaker Knapp
Judy Coates-Perez
Jane Dunnewold
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Jamie Fingal
Lyric Montgomery Kinard
Melanie Testa
Leslie Tucker Jenison
Kathy York


  1. Hello Susan,
    I didn't realize it was you who responded to my request to be put on the "Threads of Resistance" mailing list. Thank you, again. This future exhibit definitely comes at a good time. So many of us have been speaking up at every opportunity. Artists are among the first to be attacked in a Totalitarian state so creating art as a voice will be needed as a strong voice of resistance. I commend all of you who are working to make this come about.

    1. Thanks, Linda. Several of us in The Artist Circle are blog administrators, but I'm posting the comments and handling the mailing list for now. Everyone in the group is working on a piece of this.

  2. I think this is a wonderful idea! I'm in!!!!!Thank you for doing this!

  3. This is very exciting! I have never made a political quilt, but it has been on my mind since the election. Thank you so much for organizing it. If I can get something together, I will, but even if I don't, I will want very badly to attend the exhibition to see what others come up with to express themselves. I think this will be a very important exhibition. Thanks again!

  4. So glad to see this opportunity! Thank you to The Artist Circle!

  5. Good job...wonderful...I will think about it..


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