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Fuller Craft Museum
Context: Language, Media, and Meaning from the Surface Design Association

Call for Entries                                                                              


Context: Language, Media, and Meaning from the Surface Design Association


October 27, 2018 – February 24, 2019


Exhibition: Members of the Surface Design Association Massachusetts & Rhode Island chapter and the Connecticut chapter are invited to submit work for the 2018-19 exhibition Context: Language, Media, and Meaning. The exhibition will be organized and hosted by Fuller Craft Museum from October 27, 2018 – February 24, 2019. Entries may be submitted online through Online Juried Shows – - between June 6 - July 1 (11:59 EST), 2018.

Goal: Context will explore traditional, non-traditional, and contemporary practices of incorporating written language into textile-inspired art and design. Combining text with images has deep roots in art, dating back to Medieval-era manuscripts in Christian Europe. Today’s applications are vast and steeped in modernity, addressing relevant topics such as appropriation of content and form, technological applications and adaptations, reclamation of gender, racial and social identities, and political and social messaging. 

In all these works the meanings expressed by language combines with visual forms to elicit responses not generated by either alone, shaping a dialogue narrated by craft.  


·         Only members of the Surface Design Association Massachusetts & Rhode Island chapter and the Connecticut chapter are invited to participate.

·         Artists working at all stages of their career are encouraged to apply.

·         Entries must be original works made substantially by hand and created within the last 5 years. 

·         Work must include or be made entirely of fiber, and/or be fiber-referential (i.e. work that celebrates fiber but may not be made of fiber, along with non-fiber work that uses fiber techniques, such as knotting, weaving, tying, pleating, sewing, crocheting, etc.).

·         Works submitted may not exceed 48” high x 48” wide x 24” deep.

·         Works must arrive ready to hang with proper hardware.

Submitting work: Artists may submit to Artists may submit up to three works and a total of six images (Three works, with a limit of 2 images each).


Bruce Hoffman, Director of Gravers Lane Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

In addition to his role as Director of Gravers Lane, Bruce is an independent curator, artist, writer, and educator. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art, where he serves on the Alumni Board. He was the director of an internationally recognized gallery for 20 years where he established and curated the International Fiber Biennial from 1998–2010. He served as adjunct professor at Moore College of Art and Design, where he taught the first undergraduate course on Curatorial Studies. He is on the Executive Board of FiberPhiladelphia, serves as a curatorial consultant, and co-chaired the Distinguished Educators Exhibition at the Crane Arts Building for FiberPhiladelphia 2012. He recently served on the advisory board for a fledgling program titled Surface and Structure, part of the internationally recognized Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia, pairing artists with working textile industries.  He also serves as advisor for the popular publication Fiber Art Now. In 2016, he curated the groundbreaking exhibition The Faces of Politics: In/Tolerance at Fuller Craft Museum. 


Submission fee: There will be a $30 total entry fee per artist, allowing for a maximum of three works submitted. Payment is done by credit card through the Online Juried Shows website.



Applicants will be notified of acceptance status by August 31, 2018.


Important Dates:


June 6 – July 1, 11:59 PM EST: Entries due.

July 2 – August 3:  Jurying process takes place.

August 27 – 31: Notifications are sent out.

October 2 – 5: All works must arrive to Fuller Craft Museum, either shipped or hand-delivered.

October 9 – 26: Exhibition installation.

October 27: Exhibition opens.

October 27: Opening reception.



February 24: Exhibition closes.

February 26: Deinstallation.

February 27 – March 1: Works may be picked up at Fuller Craft Museum. 

By March 5: Works packed and return shipped to artists.   


Getting Work to and from Fuller Craft Museum:

·         Artists are responsible for the costs of shipping and delivering their work to and from Fuller Craft Museum. Works must arrive at the museum (whether through hand-delivery, shipping, etc.) between Tuesday, October 2 and Friday, October 5, 2018. Works must be picked up after the conclusion of the exhibition, between Wednesday, February 27 and Friday, March 1, 2019 between the hours of 10am – 4pm (or have a shipping arrangement scheduled with costs incurred by the artist). Works must arrive ready to hang with proper hardware.

For the time windows of delivery and pickup of work, artists need to schedule a delivery/pickup with Registrar/Collections Manager Jackie Lupica, / (508) 588-6000, ext. 114.


Insurance Value:

For accepted artists into the exhibition, you will be required to provide the insurance value for your accepted work.  This info will be requested after you have been notified of your acceptance. Once received by the Museum, all art works will be insured to the extent of the Museum's fine arts insurance policy while on site. Art works shipped from the Museum to the artist will be insured to the extent of the shipping company's insurance agreement. Works will be insured when transported between exhibition venues and while exhibited at other venues.


Opening Reception:

The opening reception will occur Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM.



The juror will select three “Best in Show” works. There is also a “People’s Choice Award” voted on by museum patrons over the course of the exhibition’s run.  Cash prizes are as follows: $100 first place, $75 second place, $50 third place, $75 People’s Choice winner. 


Sale: Exhibited work need not be for sale. Should there be a party interested in purchasing a work, he/she will be put in direct contact with the artists.  The exhibiting institutions will not be involved in or profit from the transaction. 


Publicity:  The exhibition will be publicized throughout the country in a variety of print outlets, on the web at, and through a rigorous social media campaign.


Contact: Any questions regarding Fuller Craft Museum and the exhibition planning may be directed to Michael McMillan, Associate Curator, Fuller Craft Museum,, 508.588.6000 x137. Should you have questions about the online juried process, please contact 949-287-8645, or . Any questions about shipping and paperwork post-acceptance into the exhibition, please contact Registrar/Collections Manager Jackie Lupica ( / 508.588.6000 ext. 114).



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