Fiber in the Present Tense 2016
Call for Entries
Contemporary Textile Art
Surface Design Association, Massachusetts-Rhode Island Chapter

Exhibition Dates: September 7 – November 3, 2016
Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA

Fiber in the Present Tense 2016 is a juried exhibition to showcase the fiber artwork of the MA/RI Chapter of the Surface Design Association (SDA). It is open to all current SDA member artists residing in Massachusetts or Rhode Island. Submissions are accepted online only, and the deadline is May 20, 2016. If you are interested in exhibiting and are not yet a member of SDA, please visit for membership information. Once you join SDA, you will be eligible to apply for the show.

REQUIREMENTS: The exhibition has an open theme, and all media utilizing surface design, weaving, 2D and 3D structures, quilts, stitching, or any other contemporary art textile techniques, will be considered. Video installations are not permitted. Work for consideration must have been completed after January 2013. The maximum size for hanging wall artwork is 40”H x 60”W. All items must be gallery ready with all hanging hardware included. The artist should include special hanging instructions as needed.

Since this exhibition’s display space does not include the main staircase* at the Arsenal Center, only a limited amount of free standing 3-D work can be accepted at the juror’s discretion. Accepted 3-D artists must supply any necessary pedestal(s) for use during the exhibition. 3-D artists are advised to view the gallery space in advance of submitting.

* Please note the Arsenal Center offers a separate call for artists for site-specific installations on the main staircase. 3-D artists are also encouraged to apply to this call at This call is juried by the Arsenal Center staff and is not related to SDA.

FEE: The submission fee for up to three pieces is $30. Payment is by PayPal or check.

VENUE: The exhibition will be held at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. The Arsenal Center for the Arts is a vibrant, modern, well-equipped, multidisciplinary facility that houses two theaters, classrooms and workshop spaces, artist studios, gallery and exhibit space, rehearsal rooms, and informal gathering places in 30,000 square feet of space on three floors.  The gallery is viewed nightly by the theater going public.

AWARD: One SDA Award of Excellence to a recipient selected by the juror.

JUROR: Marcia Young, Editor, Fiber Art Now Magazine

In fall of 2011, Marcia Young merged her lifelong passion for fiber with her more than 20 years in publishing by launching Fiber Art Now.  With a magazine at its center and a mission to inspire and connect the fiber arts and textiles community, Fiber Art Now is also a community of contemporary fiber artists.  The FAN website provides support, information, and an active community in the form of an online calendar, job board, a monthly fiber-related program, the annual Excellence in Fibers exhibition, and various other submission opportunities for emerging and established artists.

As the editor-in-chief of Fiber Art Now magazine, Marcia Young actively “juries” the artists and every piece of work that appears in each issue.  Other recent juror experience includes Fantastic Fibers 2015 at the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, Kentucky and International Fiber Arts VII Exhibition in Sebastopol, California.

Young also serves on the board of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) and on the collections committee at the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts.


Deadline for online submissions: May 20

Notification of Jury Decision results: June 20

Delivery of work to Arsenal Center with loan agreements: August 28 between 10AM and 4PM, unless special arrangements are made in advance.

Exhibition opens to public: September 7

Artists’ Reception: September 10

Exhibition closes: November 3

Pick up work: November 4 between 10AM and 4PM, unless special arrangements are made in advance.


  • Submit online using Entrythingy’s application system. Use the link at the bottom of this page.
  • Create your individual account. There is a link in the login page with instructions for creating a new account.
  • After you register for the site, you can search for this CFE in the list of current calls. Once you select Fiber in the Present Tense 2016, you may submit your entry. You will be asked to provide a general description of your work and also a statement specific to your entry. The general description field has a 260 character max and the entry statement has a 280 character max. There will be no general artist statement.
  • Each artist may submit up to three pieces for consideration. Each piece should be represented by up to three images (one full view and up to two detail views).
  • Images must be in jpg format. The maximum file size is 5 mb. Images must be photographed at a resolution of 300 dpi and saved as jpgs. The longest image dimension should be 2000 pixels, and the shortest should be at least 800 pixels.
  • In Photoshop or whatever software you use for creating image files, create your files at the proper size and then name your image files. For the main image, use the title of the piece followed by the word full: e.g., myfirstpiecefull.jpg. For the detail images, use the sametitlefollowedbytheword’detail1′, or ‘detail2’; e.g., myfirstpiecedetail1.jpg. Do not use your name in the image title.
  • Upload your first full image followed by the detail views of that image. Then upload the full and detail views of your additional pieces. For each piece, you will have to provide dimensions, materials and techniques used, price and year completed.
  • Images must precisely portray the original work. Be sure the image is oriented correctly, in focus and shows colors accurately. The full image should show the edges of the piece.
  • After you have uploaded your images, you will receive instructions about how to pay your entry fee.
  • Fee is $30 for up to three entries. Payments are accepted through Paypal or by check. Mailing instructions will be provided during online submission.
  • For any questions related to your online submission, contact Michelle Lee at

LOAN AGREEMENT: All artists whose work has been accepted for the exhibition will receive a loan agreement from the Arsenal Center gallery. This agreement must be completed and signed before work will be hung. Art on exhibit will be insured by the Arsenal Center Gallery.

SALES: Artists receive 60% of any sales.

SHIPPING and DELIVERY: Accepted work must be delivered to Arsenal Center by August 28, 2016 between 10AM and 4PM, unless special arrangements are made in advance. Artists are responsible for delivery and insurance of work in transit to and from the Arsenal Center Gallery. Accepted entries may be hand-delivered or shipped by UPS, FedEx or USPS. Shipped work MUST include a pre-paid return-shipping label for return of work. Shipped entries without a pre-paid return-shipping label will not be returned. All items must be gallery ready with all hanging hardware included. The artist should include special hanging instructions as needed.

Arsenal Center for the Arts
Attn: Aneleise Ruggles
Fiber in the Present Tense 2016
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472

For shipping questions, call Ms. Ruggles at (617) 923-0100 x 8304 or e-mail at

For general questions, contact Nancy Crasco at

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