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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.