Feb
6
to May 26

Call for Entries: "Speaking of Fibers 2019: Stories of Importance"

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Call for Entries: Missouri Fiber Artists’ "Speaking of Fibers 2019: Stories of Importance." Original fiber artworks, 2-d & 3-d media. No ceiling hung work or perishable material. Open to Missouri Fiber Artists member artists (join http://www.missourifiberartists.org). All works for this show must be connected to the theme, Stories of Importance. Artists are encouraged to use complexity of methods in artworks. Embellish works with non-fiber elements; paper is considered fiber, could be used solely or combined with textiles. Fiber methods, such as crocheted wire are considered fiber art. Invent new methods and be challenged by your materials. Larger works are also encouraged. Show: October 31-December 13, 2019, Maryville University, May Gallery. Juror: Fran Gardner, artist & fiber art educator, South Carolina. Awards. Juried by jpegs online. Artist's statement required for each artwork submitted. New deadline: May 26, 2019. $30/3 artworks. 2 images per artwork required and to include 1 full view and 1 detail view. Artist statement (max 1,000 characters) each entry. FMI: info@missourifiberartists.org. Apply: https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=5529

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Apr
30
to Jul 8

Call for Entries: "Fiber Focus 2019"

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Call for Entries: Art Saint Louis presents “Fiber Focus 2019juried by artist Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, Emeritus Professor, University of Kentucky Lexington. This juried exhibit features artworks in all media that focus on fiber as media as well as technique. Open to artists 21+ in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee. Juried by jpegs online—limit 3 artworks created 2016-19. Deadline to enter: July 8, 2019. Complete rules of entry here. FMI: info@artstlouis.org.

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May
8
to Jul 31

Call for Entries: "Tall & Skinny"

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Call for Entries: Missouri Fiber Artists presents "Tall & Skinny." Non-juried exhibit. Open only to Missouri Fiber Artists member artists (join www.missourifiberartists.org). Original fiber artworks. All artworks must be at least twice as tall as they are wide, i.e. 30"h x 15"w. Size limits: Works not to exceed 72"h x36"w, incl. framing. All works must be wall-hung & ready to install. 35% commission. No insurance. Show: October 4-December 6, 2019, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO. Opening reception October 4, 6-8 p.m. Awards of Recognition. Juried by jpegs by email. Jpeg image 1200 pixels longest side. Deadline: July 31, 2019. $10/1 entry; $20/2. FMI: Kacey Cowdery, Missouri Fiber Artists, kacey@kaceycowdery.com or 314/968-5041. info@missourifiberartists.org http://missourifiberartists.org/exhibit/tall-and-skinny/ Entry form: https://missourifiberartists.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/MoFA-2019-Framations-Entry-Form-2.pdf

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May
8
to Jul 31

Call for Entries: "Portraits & Portrayals"

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Call for Entries: Missouri Fiber Artists presents "Portraits & Portrayals." Non-juried exhibit. Open only to Missouri Fiber Artists member artists (join www.missourifiberartists.org). Original fiber artworks. All artworks must utilize a gallery-wrapped canvas of 16"x20"x3/4", horizontal or vertical. Work may not extend beyond edge of canvas. Works may project beyond the face of the canvas while remaining stable when hung. Smaller artworks may be attached to canvas. You may cover canvas with additional cloth, paper, or color the canvas. All works for must be for sale. 25% commission. No insurance. Show: September 27-November 7, 2019, Framations Custom Framing & Art Gallery, St. Charles, MO. Opening reception September 27, 6-8 p.m. Awards of Recognition & Visitors' Choice. Juried by jpegs by email. Jpeg image 1900 pixels longest side. Deadline: July 31, 2019. $10/3 artworks. FMI: Kacey Cowdery, Missouri Fiber Artists, kacey@kaceycowdery.com or 314/968-5041. info@missourifiberartists.org http://missourifiberartists.org/pec-events/portraits-portrayals-framations/ Entry form: https://missourifiberartists.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/MoFA-2019-Framations-Entry-Form-2.pdf

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May
8
to Jun 7

Call for Entries: "Beyond the Surface"

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Beyond the Surface. Surface Design Association's juried members exhibition. All media. Artists continually push the evolution of textiles from their long history of utilitarian use through the use of color, design, processes, and meanings. Works chosen will demonstrate unique, well-developed artistic vision, & innovation. Whether commentary on social issues, meditations on the natural world, humor, storytelling, abstraction, influenced by science, or other areas of focus, this exhibition will include the best of contemporary work by SDA members. Limit 2 works. Size limits: 2-d wall-displayed works not to exceed 98"hx84" & 40 lbs.; 3-d work not to exceed 84"x60"x60" & 75 lbs. Exhibit: September 10-October 23, 2019, St. Louis Artists' Guild. Jurors: Jo Stealey, Jim Arendt, artists, art educators. Awards: $500 1st Place; $300 2nd Place; $150 3rd Place; Honorable Mention, People's Choice & SDA Award. 50% commission. Juried by jpegs online. Entry deadline: June 7, 2019. $40/SDA member; $20/SDA student members. Membership info here. FMI: executivedirector@surfacedesign.org. https://www.surfacedesign.org/events-exhibits/exhibits/beyond-the-surface-exhibition/ Apply: https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=6326

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May
24
to Dec 1

"Printing the Pastoral: Visions of the Countryside in 18th Century Europe"

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Saint Louis Art Museum presents “Printing the Pastoral: Visions of the Countryside in 18th Century Europeon view in Gallery 100 May 24-December 1, 2019. This exhibit is free & open to the public T-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., F 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Printing the Pastoral” examines the early development of one of the most recognizable textile genres: copperplate-printed cotton, popularly known as toile.  In the mid-18th century, advances in dye technology allowed textile printers—previously confined to using coarser woodblocks—to exploit the same copperplates long used by etchers and engravers. For the first time, finely detailed pictorial designs could be faithfully reproduced in colorfast dyes on fabric.
This multimedia exhibition highlights the nostalgia for pastoral themes common to both textile consumers and art collectors by pairing furnishing fabrics with prints by (or after) Rembrandt van Rijn, Nicolaes Berchem, Jacob van Ruisdael, Paulus Potter, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and François Boucher. It features a number of textiles never before exhibited at SLAM including recent gifts of printed cottons by Richard and Suellen Meyer and an important loan of an early English toile from the Missouri History Museum.
Printing the Pastoral” is curated by Genny Cortinovis, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts and Design and Heather Hughes, Senior Research Assistant and Study Room Manager, Prints, Drawings, and Photographs.

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Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Opening reception: "Fidencio Martinez-Perez: Cuttings"

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Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design presents “Fidencio Martinez-Perez: Cuttings,” August 23-October 21, 2019. Free reception Friday, August 23, 6-8 p.m.
Fidencio Martinez-Perez’s work speaks to the idea of “home”. Fidencio was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, but was raised in North Carolina after his family migrated. The DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Program, an executive order enacted by Obama in July 2012, allowed him the ability to drive and to work legally without fear of deportation. DACA also allowed Fidencio to receive funding to pursue his masters at the University of Iowa in Fall 2013. For comfort he surrounded himself with potted plants to create a sense of contentment and security during his travels to a new home, the Midwest. His current work examines immigration, the drug war, and socio­economic issues affecting Mexico. In his work, Fidencio manipulates newspaper cuttings, maps, paper, and painting surfaces to refer to the crafts and customs taught to him as a toddler in Oaxaca – ones used to celebrate festivals and mourn the dead. For Martinez these techniques are a way to reconnect with a time and place no longer present.

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Aug
23
to Oct 21

"Fidencio Martinez-Perez: Cuttings"

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Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design presents “Fidencio Martinez-Perez: Cuttings,” August 23-October 21, 2018. Free reception Friday, August 23, 6-8 p.m.
Fidencio Martinez-Perez’s work speaks to the idea of “home”. Fidencio was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, but was raised in North Carolina after his family migrated. The DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Program, an executive order enacted by Obama in July 2012, allowed him the ability to drive and to work legally without fear of deportation. DACA also allowed Fidencio to receive funding to pursue his masters at the University of Iowa in Fall 2013. For comfort he surrounded himself with potted plants to create a sense of contentment and security during his travels to a new home, the Midwest. His current work examines immigration, the drug war, and socio­economic issues affecting Mexico. In his work, Fidencio manipulates newspaper cuttings, maps, paper, and painting surfaces to refer to the crafts and customs taught to him as a toddler in Oaxaca – ones used to celebrate festivals and mourn the dead. For Martinez these techniques are a way to reconnect with a time and place no longer present.

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Sep
1
to Sep 26

“Timeless Fibers: Tradition and Beyond”

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The Gallery at the University City Public Library presents “Timeless Fibers: Tradition and Beyond,” a juried exhibit featuring artists from the Weavers' Guild of St. Louis as they embrace time-honored woven traditions as well as explore contemporary fiber techniques. Exhibit is on view September 1-26, 2019 and opens with a free reception on Friday, September 6, 6-8 p.m. with a special Gallery Talk at 7 p.m. This exhibit will include demonstrations by Guild artists throughout the exhibition (dates tbd). Gallery hours: M-F 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sun. 1-5 p.m. Closed Labor Day.

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Sep
4
to Sep 29

"Art is... Wearable"

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Jacoby Arts Center presents the juried exhibit, “Art is… Wearable” on view September 4-29, 2019. This exhibit will highlight artworks that use textiles & fiber art materials or techniques to create an artwork that is wearable and self-expressive. The show opens with a free reception on Friday, September 6, 6-8 p.m.

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Sep
6
to Oct 11

“Future Tense 2019”

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Edwardsville Art Center hosts Surface Design Association’s “Future Tense 2019” exhibition on view September 6-October 11, 2019. Gallery hours: W-F 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This special exhibit celebrates the creative work of student artists, designers, and makers working with or inspired by fiber or textile materials or techniques. The exhibit offers a glimpse into the future of contemporary fibers by presenting the very best work being made by students in the field today. Jurors are Tamryn McDermott , artist and Campus Arts Associate for the Campus Arts Initiative at Penn State University. Tamryn also manages the traveling exhibition, Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America, a collaboration between the National Basketry Organization and the University of Missouri; and Kim Eichler-Messmer, Associate Professor in Fiber at the Kansas City Art Institute where she has taught surface design, quilting, and natural dye since 2008. For more information about “Future Tense 2019,” visit https://www.surfacedesign.org/events-exhibits/exhibits/future-tense-2019/#jurors or email info@surfacedesign.org

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Sep
6
to Oct 14

“Not My Usual Go To!”

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The Parish Gallery at Trinity Episcopal Church presents “Not My Usual Go To!” on view September 6-October 14, 2019. This exhibit is curated by Carlene Fullerton and Eden Harris and aims to challenge the featured artists to explore different fiber work than with what they would normally work.Gina Alvarez, Suzy Farren, Carlene Fullerton, Eden Harris, Kelly Larson, Jeff Wunrow and other artists tba. Opening reception & artists’ gallery talk September 6, time tba.

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Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

Opening reception: “Timeless Fibers: Tradition and Beyond”

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The Gallery at the University City Public Library presents “Timeless Fibers: Tradition and Beyond,” a juried exhibit featuring artists from the Weavers' Guild of St. Louis as they embrace time-honored woven traditions as well as explore contemporary fiber techniques. Exhibit is on view September 1-26, 2019 and opens with a free reception on Friday, September 6, 6-8 p.m. with a special Gallery Talk at 7 p.m. This exhibit will include demonstrations by Guild artists throughout the exhibition (dates tbd). Gallery hours: M-F 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sun. 1-5 p.m. Closed Labor Day.

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Sep
6
to Dec 29

"Stephanie Syjuco: Total Fabrications"

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Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis presents “Stephanie Syjuco: Total Fabricationson view September 6-December 29, 2019. Working across a variety of media, Stephanie Syjuco––born 1974 in Manila, based in the Bay Area––explores the complicated ways in which we understand such politically charged concepts as citizen, immigrant, nationhood, and identity. Central to Total Fabrications is her 2016 installation Neutral Calibration Studies (Ornament + Crime), an array of objects and images that build up encoded narratives relating to the colonized and the colonizer, modernity and tradition, reality and artifice. In line with these themes, the installation Rogue States is made up of twenty-two reproduced flags originally used in Hollywood films to represent fictional enemy nations through the lens of the West. The photographic series Cargo Cults revisits historical ethnographic studio portraiture via a fictional display. For a new site-specific installation for CAM, Syjuco will take the “living exhibits”—recreated villages with native inhabitants—of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair as a point of departure, linking history to present-day fabrications of non-Western cultures.
Join CAMSTL & the artist at the September 6 reception and also on September 7, 11 a.m. for a free artist talk. CAMSTL is open W 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Th. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., F-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Stephanie Syjuco: Total Fabrications” is organized for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis by Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Chief Curator, with Misa Jeffereis, Assistant Curator.

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Sep
7
11:00 AM11:00

Artist Gallery Talk: Stephanie Syjuco

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Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis presents “Stephanie Syjuco: Total Fabricationson view September 6-December 29, 2019. Free artist’s gallery talk on Saturday, September 7, 11 a.m.
Working across a variety of media, Stephanie Syjuco––born 1974 in Manila, based in the Bay Area––explores the complicated ways in which we understand such politically charged concepts as citizen, immigrant, nationhood, and identity. Central to Total Fabrications is her 2016 installation Neutral Calibration Studies (Ornament + Crime), an array of objects and images that build up encoded narratives relating to the colonized and the colonizer, modernity and tradition, reality and artifice. In line with these themes, the installation Rogue States is made up of twenty-two reproduced flags originally used in Hollywood films to represent fictional enemy nations through the lens of the West. The photographic series Cargo Cults revisits historical ethnographic studio portraiture via a fictional display. For a new site-specific installation for CAM, Syjuco will take the “living exhibits”—recreated villages with native inhabitants—of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair as a point of departure, linking history to present-day fabrications of non-Western cultures.
Stephanie Syjuco: Total Fabrications” is organized for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis by Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Chief Curator, with Misa Jeffereis, Assistant Curator.
CAMSTL is open W 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Th. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., F-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Sep
8
2:00 PM14:00

Opening reception: "Reflections on Cloth"

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The Monday Club of Webster Groves presents “Reflections on Cloth,” a solo exhibition featuring artist Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen on view September 8-October 29, 2019 in the Monday Club Gallery. Free reception Sunday, September 8, 2-4 p.m.
Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Fibers from Truman State University, and her Masters of Fine Arts in Fibers at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.  In 2010, she spent a month volunteering in Bolivia with Projecto Artesania Zona Andina (PAZA), a women’s weaving cooperative consisting of three generations of women weaving and sewing together to support their families.  In 2011, she was awarded a Nathan Cummings Travel Grant to spend the summer in Limpopo, South Africa to volunteer with Mapusha, a women’s cooperative with a similar purpose of empowerment for women by creating income through weaving and creation of artisan products.  Kelsey currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri, teaching outreach and community classes in textiles. Continuing to learn and to teach others has become an important part of her life as an artist, and these experiences filter in to her studio practice..

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Sep
8
to Oct 29

"Reflections on Cloth"

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The Monday Club of Webster Groves presents “Reflections on Cloth,” a solo exhibition featuring artist Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen on view September 8-October 29, 2019 in the Monday Club Gallery. Free reception Sunday, September 8, 2-4 p.m.
Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Fibers from Truman State University, and her Masters of Fine Arts in Fibers at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.  In 2010, she spent a month volunteering in Bolivia with Projecto Artesania Zona Andina (PAZA), a women’s weaving cooperative consisting of three generations of women weaving and sewing together to support their families.  In 2011, she was awarded a Nathan Cummings Travel Grant to spend the summer in Limpopo, South Africa to volunteer with Mapusha, a women’s cooperative with a similar purpose of empowerment for women by creating income through weaving and creation of artisan products.  Kelsey currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri, teaching outreach and community classes in textiles. Continuing to learn and to teach others has become an important part of her life as an artist, and these experiences filter in to her studio practice.

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Sep
18
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Color on Cloth with Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen

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The Monday Club of Webster Groves presents Color on Cloth - Textile Workshop with visiting artist Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen.
In this workshops, participants will join Wiskirchen in the studio to dye a vibrantly colorful silk scarf and cotton scarf. Learn the same dye process Kelsey used to create colors of fabric incorporated in her exhibition, "Reflections on Cloth," on view at the Monday Club in St. Louis from September 8-October  29, 2019. Learn how to use fiber-reactive dyes that become permanent through a steam-setting process. Using the Itajime Shibori process, you will learn how to create geometric patterning with multiple layered colors of dye. This will be a great way to meet the artist and create a unique wearable artwork of your own. Workshop held at the Monday Club on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. $50, incl. materials; $40/Monday Club Member. To register, email Kelsey at violatextiles@gmail.com.
“Reflections on Cloth,” a solo exhibition featuring artist Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen is on view September 8-October 29, 2019 in the Monday Club Gallery. Free reception Sunday, September 8, 2-4 p.m.

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Sep
20
to Dec 15

“ADORNMENT: The Body as Maker and Made”

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Millstone Gallery at COCA presents “ADORNMENT: The Body as Maker and Made” September 20–December 15, 2019. Curated by COCA’s Curator in Residence, Yvonne Osei, this exhibit seeks to provoke a re-imagination of the human body by presenting the body itself as an artist/maker; the body as art; and the body as a medium for art. With visual art at its center, the exhibition will be a mixed-media experience that explores this concept through the lens of performance art (dance, poetry, vocal music), textiles (costumes, clothing), and other forms of body adornment (hair, nails). Invited visual artists will provide the centerpiece of the exhibition and will be selected for their relevance to the theme as well as an effort to present both complementary and contrasting styles and media. Free reception Friday, September 20, 5:30 p.m.

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Sep
20
to Oct 23

"Beyond the Surface"

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St. Louis Artists’ Guild hosts Surface Design Association’s “Beyond the Surface” members’ exhibition on view at the Artists’ Guild September 20-October 23, 2019. Jurors: Camille Ann Brewer, Independent curator & former Curator, Textile Museum, George Washington University, and Jo Stealey, fiber artist, Chair, Art Department, University of Missouri School of Visual Studies, Columbia, MO . FMI on juried exhibit, visit Surface Design Association’s site. A special free reception will be held Thursday, October 3, time tba, in honor of SDA’s “Beyond the Surface” Conference in St. Louis October 3-6, 2019.

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Sep
20
5:30 PM17:30

Opening reception: “ADORNMENT: The Body as Maker and Made”

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Millstone Gallery at COCA presents “ADORNMENT: The Body as Maker and Made” September 20–December 15, 2019. Curated by COCA’s Curator in Residence, Yvonne Osei, this exhibit seeks to provoke a re-imagination of the human body by presenting the body itself as an artist/maker; the body as art; and the body as a medium for art. With visual art at its center, the exhibition will be a mixed-media experience that explores this concept through the lens of performance art (dance, poetry, vocal music), textiles (costumes, clothing), and other forms of body adornment (hair, nails). Invited visual artists will provide the centerpiece of the exhibition and will be selected for their relevance to the theme as well as an effort to present both complementary and contrasting styles and media. Free reception Friday, September 20, 5:30 p.m.

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Sep
23
to Oct 17

"Vanessa Viruet: Flagged”

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George Caleb Bingham Gallery at University of Missouri presents “Vanessa Viruet: Flagged” September 23-October 17, 2019. Vanessa Viruet straddles borders. In her own words, “[She’s] not quite Puerto Rican enough, American enough, or Queer enough, and [her] work is an attempt to understand those distinctions.” Her artistic practice is dedicated to material explorations through the language of flags. The emblem of a flag is used to construct meaning and identity, serving as a mirror for examining the cultural self.  She uses the bandana as an example of socioeconomic cloth, one associated with her own upbringing. Flagging and introducing this icon into a gallery setting is an effort in connecting the vast space between the art world and various communities of those often labeled as “outsiders”. Viruet exaggerates scale as a literal and symbolic gesture of intervention, a way of colonizing and claiming space in the world as a queer, Latina woman from el Barrio.
Vanessa Viruet is a Chicago based fiber artist of Puerto Rican descent. She was raised in Milwaukee, WI and received two degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art, a M.A in Teaching and a BFA in Fiber. Viruet creates monumental scale artworks to examine the complex histories rooted in textiles. Her work addresses issues such as identity, cultural heritage, gender and class. For six years she served as an art instructor for Chicago Public Schools and in 2018 she received her MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She recently completed an apprenticeship at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia and an ACRE summer residency in Steuben, WI. Viruet exhibits her work nationally and has studied abroad in France and Jamaica. She currently teaches at the Art Institute of Chicago. Someday she hopes to have her own college scholarship for artists of color.

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Sep
26
to Oct 19

"Teach/Taught: Fiber Art Educators"

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Presented by Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery, St. Louis Community College at Meramec
"Teach/Taught: Fiber Art Educators," curated by Rena Wood. This exhibition features work and insights from individuals active as both artists and educators in the field of fiber art.  As educators, they are passionate about expanding the field of Fiber Art and, as artists, their work shows expertise in technique and materials. Presented September 26 - October 19, 2019. Free reception Saturday, October 5, 5:30-8 p.m.

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Sep
27
to Nov 2

"Japanese Meisen Kimono & Needle Festival Tributes"

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Horsley Arts presents “Japanese Meisen Kimono & Needle Festival Tributes” September 27-November 2, 2019. Free reception Friday, September 27, 5-8 p.m. This exhibition features 15 early to mid-20th century Japanese silk kimonos from the collection of Wendy Wees. The term “Meisen” refers to a textile making method in which pre-dyed threads are woven in a technique similar to Japanese kasuri (ikat) weaving. This exhibit focuses on how Meisen was a huge textile innovation in its own time. Meisen was the fashion of the day but fell out of fashion after World War II when the tradition became all but obsolete. Currently, only a few artisans make this fabric. To complement the exhibition of kimonos, regional artists Milo Duke, Linda Horsley, and Wendy Wees are collaborating on 3 installations based on Hari-Kuyó: Festival of Broken Needles, an annual 400-year-old Japanese memorial service held to comfort the spirits of old needles or needles broken during the previous year. Two altar-like installations will be set up for gallery visitors to bring their bent, broken or unbroken needles. A third installation will be an homage to sewing & knitting. Gallery hours by appointment: 314/243-3879.

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Sep
27
5:00 PM17:00

Opening reception: "Japanese Meisen Kimono & Needle Festival Tributes"

 

Horsley Arts presents “Japanese Meisen Kimono & Needle Festival Tributes” September 27-November 2, 2019. Free reception Friday, September 27, 5-8 p.m. This exhibition features 15 early to mid-20th century Japanese silk kimonos from the collection of Wendy Wees. The term “Meisen” refers to a textile making method in which pre-dyed threads are woven in a technique similar to Japanese kasuri (ikat) weaving. This exhibit focuses on how Meisen was a huge textile innovation in its own time. Meisen was the fashion of the day but fell out of fashion after World War II when the tradition became all but obsolete. Currently, only a few artisans make this fabric. To complement the exhibition of kimonos, regional artists Milo Duke, Linda Horsley, and Wendy Wees are collaborating on 3 installations based on Hari-Kuyó: Festival of Broken Needles, an annual 400-year-old Japanese memorial service held to comfort the spirits of old needles or needles broken during the previous year. Two altar-like installations will be set up for gallery visitors to bring their bent, broken or unbroken needles. A third installation will be an homage to sewing & knitting. Gallery hours by appointment: 314/243-3879.

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Oct
1
to Oct 31

"Paper & Thread: Dreams are Made of These"

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Norton’s Fine Art & Framing presents “Paper & Thread: Dreams are Made of These ,” a two-artist exhibit featuring St. Louis-based fiber artists Deann Rubin, handwoven tapestry, and Betty Shew, handcast paper. On view October 2019 (specific dates & reception tba). Gallery hours T-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Oct
1
to Oct 26

“The October Exhibit”

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Sager | Braudis Gallery presents “The October Exhibit” on view October 1-26, 2019. “The October Exhibit” features a curated grouping of five U.S. artists including Devin McDonald, Michael Nichols, Hannah Reeves, Fred Stonehouse, and Joy Wilson. Among these artists, McDonald and Reeves bring work rooted in fiber traditions with new combinations of media and subject matter that will be of particular interest to Innovations in Textiles 2019 attendees.
Special events for this exhibit include: Opening reception October 4, 6-9 p.m. as part of the North Village Arts District's First Friday festivities; and Slow Art Saturday October 5, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m with artists' talk at 11:30 a.m. and complimentary Bloody Marys served.

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Oct
2
6:00 PM18:00

Opening reception: "re:SURFACED"

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Fontbonne University Gallery of Art presents “re:SURFACED,” a juried exhibition of work by artists from the Weavers’ Guild of St. Louis as well as invited guest artists. Exhibit is presented October 2-November 1, 2019 with a free reception on Wednesday, October 2, 6-8 p.m. & Gallery Talk at 7 p.m. Juror: Leandra Spangler, artist, art educator & workshop instructor based in Columbia, MO. This exhibit’s focus is surface design, surface treatments and surface alterations. Work will celebrate the physical textures of fibers, their connections, weave structures, interlacing, felting, and embellishments, as well as the visual textures of dye applications & eco-printing inherent within our fiber techniques. Gallery hours M-Th 9 a.m.-4 p.m., F 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 12-4 p.m. & special hours on Sunday, October 6 (times TBA).

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Oct
2
to Nov 1

"re:SURFACED"

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Fontbonne University Gallery of Art presents “re:SURFACED,” a juried exhibition of work by artists from the Weavers’ Guild of St. Louis as well as invited guest artists. Exhibit is presented October 2-November 1, 2019 with a free reception on Wednesday, October 2, 6-8 p.m. & Gallery Talk at 7 p.m. Juror: Leandra Spangler, artist, art educator & workshop instructor based in Columbia, MO. This exhibit’s focus is surface design, surface treatments and surface alterations. Work will celebrate the physical textures of fibers, their connections, weave structures, interlacing, felting, and embellishments, as well as the visual textures of dye applications & eco-printing inherent within our fiber techniques. Gallery hours M-Th 9 a.m.-4 p.m., F 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 12-4 p.m. & special hours on Sunday, October 6 (times TBA).

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Oct
3
to Oct 6

Surface Design Association's "Beyond the Surface" Biennial Conference

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Surface Design Association brings their “Beyond the Surface” biennial conference and related events (lectures, workshops, exhibitions & more) to St. Louis the weekend of October 3-6, 2019. Conference registration online: https://www.surfacedesign.org/events-exhibits/conferences/conference2019/
Surface Design Association (SDA) is an international textile/fiber art organization organization focused on inspiring creativity, encouraging innovation, and advocating for artistic excellence as the global leader in textile-inspired art and design. SDA’s mission is to promote awareness and appreciation of textile-inspired art and design through publications, exhibitions, and conferences.

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Oct
3
5:00 PM17:00

Opening reception: "Beyond the Surface"

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St. Louis Artists’ Guild hosts Surface Design Association’s “Beyond the Surface” annual members’ exhibition on view at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild September 20-October 23, 2019. This juried exhibit is conducted through SDA’s website. Jurors: artist Jim Arendt, Assistant Professor and Gallery Director, Coastal Carolina University, and artist Jo Stealey, Professor and Chair, Art Department, University of Missouri School of Visual Studies, Columbia, MO. A special free reception reception will be held Thursday, October 3, time tba, in honor of SDA’s “Beyond the Surface” Conference in St. Louis October 3-6, 2019.

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Oct
4
to Dec 6

"Quilt National 2019"

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Presented by Foundry Art Centre

Foundry Art Centre presents Quilt National ’19,” the 21st in the series of international juried competitions originated by The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Ohio. This exhibit is dedicated to promoting the contemporary quilt by serving as a showcase for new work (completed after September 1, 2016) that provides the viewer with an appreciation of the variety of techniques and innovative trends in the medium of layered and stitched fabric. The jurors will select works that represent unique approaches to the medium and demonstrate the breadth and diversity of contemporary expressions. Visitors to Quilt National ’19 will see the time honored traditions are thriving and are being expressed in new forms as today’s artists rise to meet the challenge of new techniques and materials.
Presented October 4-December 6, 2019. There is an entrance fee for this exhibition.

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Oct
4
to Nov 1

"Totems: Personal Stories in Fiber"

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Bits Art Quilters presents “Totems: Personal Stories in Fiber” on view at Bluebird Park, Ellisville, MO October 4-November 1, 2019. Open M-F 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Special exhibit hours on Saturday, October 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday, October 6, 12-5 p.m. Free reception Sunday, October 6, 2-4 p.m.
Enter an enchanted forest of 3-dimensional art quilts in “Totems: Personal Stories in Fiber.”  Between 4 and 6 feet tall, each totem is the artist’s unique creative expression in fiber, fabric, embellishment, and stitch. Featuring works by Deb Akin, Mary Ann Anderson, Becca Baumann, SherryAnn Cordover, Kay Edmonds Erb, Jane Sears Falconer, Candyce Grisham, Joanne Halliburton, Patricia W. Hill, Jamis Kresyman, Dana Lewis, Gail MacCartney, Louise Morris, Cindy Bell Neville, Linda Reel, Wendy Carter Richards, Sandra Kouba Sagan, Polly Sievert, Kay Strebeck, Karen Turner, Jane Unger, Linda Kamp Waugh.

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Oct
4
to Nov 30

"It's Not You, It's Me: A Declaration of Independence"

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Presented in the The Sheldon Art Galleries’ Bellwether Gallery of St. Louis Artists is “It's Not You, It's Me: A Declaration of Independence,” on view October 4-November 30, 2019. This exhibition showcases innovative works in fashion, photography and performance art by local and regional artists who investigate the narrative possibilities within fashion idioms and fiber art as they intersect with issues of identity and power. Curated by designer Michael Drummond, the artists in the exhibition include Mary Collins, Nina Ganci, Nasheli Juliana, Larry Krone, Yvonne Osei, Kat Reynolds, Cory Sever, Chloë Simmons, and others.

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Oct
4
to Oct 25

"Three Women: Vision and Voice"

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ArtFiber Saint Louis presents “Three Women: Vision and Voice,” an exhibit at Good Shepherd Arts Center October 4-25, 2019. Featured artists Laura Saunders Kaiser, Deb Lews and Pat Owoc utilize a variety of surface design and construction techniques as they explore current events, closely held values, and coping with life in general. Free reception Friday, October 4, 5-7 p.m.

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Oct
4
5:00 PM17:00

Opening reception: "Three Women: Vision and Voice"

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ArtFiber Saint Louis presents “Three Women: Vision and Voice,” an exhibit at Good Shepherd Arts Center October 4-25, 2019. Featured artists Laura Saunders Kaiser, Deb Lews and Pat Owoc utilize a variety of surface design and construction techniques as they explore current events, closely held values, and coping with life in general. Free reception Friday, October 4, 5-7 p.m.

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Oct
4
5:30 PM17:30

Opening reception: "Quilt National 2019"

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Presented by the Foundry Art Centre.

Foundry Art Centre presents Quilt National ’19,” the 21st in the series of international juried competitions originated by The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Ohio. This exhibit is dedicated to promoting the contemporary quilt by serving as a showcase for new work (completed after September 1, 2016) that provides the viewer with an appreciation of the variety of techniques and innovative trends in the medium of layered and stitched fabric. The jurors will select works that represent unique approaches to the medium and demonstrate the breadth and diversity of contemporary expressions. Visitors to Quilt National ’19 will see the time honored traditions are thriving and are being expressed in new forms as today’s artists rise to meet the challenge of new techniques and materials. 
Presented October 4-December 6, 2019. There is an entrance fee for this exhibition.

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Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

Opening reception: "The October Exhibit"

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Sager | Braudis Gallery presents “The October Exhibit” on view October 1-26, 2019. “The October Exhibit” features a curated grouping of five U.S. artists including Devin McDonald, Michael Nichols, Hannah Reeves, Fred Stonehouse, and Joy Wilson. Among these artists, McDonald and Reeves bring work rooted in fiber traditions with new combinations of media and subject matter that will be of particular interest to Innovations in Textiles 2019 attendees.
Special events for this exhibit include: Opening reception October 4, 6-9 p.m. as part of the North Village Arts District's First Friday festivities; and Slow Art Saturday October 5, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m with artists' talk at 11:30 a.m. and complimentary Bloody Marys served.

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Oct
5
11:30 AM11:30

Artist's Gallery Talk: "The October Exhibit"

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Sager | Braudis Gallery presents “The October Exhibit” on view October 1-26, 2019. “The October Exhibit” features a curated grouping of five U.S. artists including Devin McDonald, Michael Nichols, Hannah Reeves, Fred Stonehouse, and Joy Wilson. Among these artists, McDonald and Reeves bring work rooted in fiber traditions with new combinations of media and subject matter that will be of particular interest to Innovations in Textiles 2019 attendees.
Special events for this exhibit include: Opening reception October 4, 6-9 p.m. as part of the North Village Arts District's First Friday festivities; and Slow Art Saturday October 5, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m with artists' talk at 11:30 a.m. and complimentary Bloody Marys served.

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Oct
5
5:30 PM17:30

Opening reception: "Teach/Taught: Fiber Art Educators"

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Presented by Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery, St. Louis Community College at Meramec
"Teach/Taught: Fiber Art Educators," curated by Rena Wood. This exhibition features work and insights from individuals active as both artists and educators in the field of fiber art.  As educators, they are passionate about expanding the field of Fiber Art and, as artists, their work shows expertise in technique and materials. Presented September 26 - October 19, 2019. Free reception Saturday, October 5, 5:30-8 p.m.

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Oct
6
2:00 PM14:00

Opening reception: "Totems: Personal Stories in Fiber"

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Bits Art Quilters presents "“Totems: Personal Stories in Fiber” on view at Bluebird Park, Ellisville, MO October 4-November 1, 2019. Open M-F 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Special exhibit hours on Saturday, October 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday, October 6, 12-5 p.m. Free reception Sunday, October 6, 2-4 p.m.
Enter an enchanted forest of 3-dimensional art quilts in “Totems: Personal Stories in Fiber.”  Between 4 and 6 feet tall, each totem is the artist’s unique creative expression in fiber, fabric, embellishment, and stitch. Featuring works by Deb Akin, Mary Ann Anderson, Becca Baumann, SherryAnn Cordover, Kay Edmonds Erb, Jane Sears Falconer, Candyce Grisham, Joanne Halliburton, Patricia W. Hill, Jamis Kresyman, Dana Lewis, Gail MacCartney, Louise Morris, Cindy Bell Neville, Linda Reel, Wendy Carter Richards, Sandra Kouba Sagan, Polly Sievert, Kay Strebeck, Karen Turner, Jane Unger, Linda Kamp Waugh.

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Oct
31
to Dec 13

"Speaking of Fibers 2019-Stories of Importance"

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Join Missouri Fiber Artists for their exhibit, “Speaking of Fibers 2019-Stories of Importance” on view at Maryville University’s Morton J. May Gallery October 31-December 13, 2019. Free reception October 31, 5-7 p.m. with Juror’s Gallery Talk by Fran Gardner at 6 p.m. Gallery hours M-Th 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

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Oct
31
5:00 PM17:00

Opening reception: "Speaking of Fibers 2019-Stories of Importance"

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Join Missouri Fiber Artists for their exhibit, “Speaking of Fibers 2019-Stories of Importance” on view at Maryville University’s Morton J. May Gallery October 31-December 13, 2019. Free reception October 31, 5-7 p.m. with Juror’s Gallery Talk by Fran Gardner at 6 p.m.
Gallery hours M-Th 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

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Nov
1
to Nov 2

Workshop: "Line, Mark & Text: Visual Language as a Storytelling Device"

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Missouri Fiber Artists presents "Line, Mark & Text: Visual Language as a Storytelling Device" workshop with Fran Gardner, artist, fiber art educator. Held November 1-2, 2019 (Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.) at Webster Hills United Methodist Church, 698 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119.

Artists have been exploring ways to communicate through language and symbols since prehistoric cave art. Think of the myriad of devices we use to communicate – numbers and symbols, various language alphabets, calligraphy and typography, music, graffiti, codes – the list goes on and on. Workshop participants will explore mark making styles and techniques as they relate to the creation of language or the suggestion of symbols, text, words, and phrases. We will work primarily with painting and drawing tools, and participants are welcome to explore how these concepts can translate into their own artistic voice and studio practice as fiber artists. Communication is essential to our own visual storytelling; mark, line, and text can offer the artist another way to deepen the message of the artist's work.

Fran Gardner is serving as Juror for MOFA's "Speaking of Fibers 2019: Stories of Importance" exhibition presented at Maryville University. Supply list provided prior to workshop. $150/MOFA member; $175/non-member. Payable by PayPal online: http://missourifiberartists.org/pec-events/fran-gardner-workshop-mofa-speaking-of-fibers-2019/ or by check payable to MOFA and sent to Candy Grisham, 3 Woodbine Ct., Washington, MO 63090. FMI: info@missourifiberartists.org. Register: http://missourifiberartists.org/pec-events/fran-gardner-workshop-mofa-speaking-of-fibers-2019/

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