Michigan League of Handweavers
21st Biennial Fiber Show
June 27-August 15, 2020
LowellArts Gallery, Lowell, MI
The Michigan League of Handweavers 2020 Biennial Fiber Show will be held at LowellArts Gallery, Lowell, MI, June 27-August 15, 2020. An Artists’ reception will be held Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM by the Woodland Weavers and Spinners Guild. Awards will be presented and the show’s juror will give a talk. Please see the LowellArts website for hours and directions. www.lowellartsmi.org.
Juror: Barbara Bushey has been working in textiles for over 25 years and is currently an art professor at Hillsdale College. Barbara has an extensive educational background. She earned a BS in psychology from the University of Michigan, a BFA and MFA from Eastern Michigan University and a MA in art history from Wayne State University. Barbara’s work has appeared in many juried shows nationally and internationally. She has permanent work in the collections of the White House, the University of Wyoming, Hillsdale College and numerous private collections. Her work has been published in Art/Quilt Magazine and Surface Design Journal. Barbara serves on the board of Fiber Arts Network. She states, “My main interest as an artist is layering. The great complexities of the world seem best explored thru layered constructions. My work seeks to explore what is hidden and what is revealed—whether in a visual, emotional or historical sense. These possibilities attract me visually, rationally and intuitively...I derive much inspiration from the land and water of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and am lucky to share this glorious live with my husband and family.” More information can be found on her website, www.barbarabusheyart.com.
Each exhibiting artist must be a member of the Michigan League of Handweavers. To become a member, visit www.mlhguild.org, click on About Us/Membership and sign up on line using PayPal, or send a $20 check (1 year membership), payable to MLH, to Jennifer Gould, MLH Membership Chair, 435 Woodburn, SW, Byron Center MI 49315.
Only original works in all areas of fiber arts and functional fiber are invited. Each entry must have been completed in the last 2 years. Work previously exhibited at LowellArts or at MLH’s 2019 Conference are not eligible. Work created as part of a class or workshop is not eligible. 2- Dimensional entries may be no larger than 62 inches in any one direction, including the width of any frame. 3-Dimensional entries must fit through a standard door frame and be no larger than 62 inches in any one direction. Only artwork easily handled by two people will be accepted. LowellArts is a community/family-friendly gallery, artwork must be appropriate for all viewing audiences. LowellArts reserves the right to refuse acceptance of any artwork it deems unsuitable for display. If an artist is unsure if their artwork is acceptable, please contact LowellArts before entry.
Each artist can submit up to three entries. An entry fee of $10/entry or $25/3 entries is required. The entry procedure is a two step process:
1) Print out the entry form and complete it. Send it, along with a check payable to MLH for your entry fee(s) and MLH membership (if applicable) to: Paula DeYoung, 2330 Meadowglen Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
2) Email images to MLHbiennial@yahoo.com . The subject line of the email should be your name (last name first). Example: Lastname, Firstname
Images must be submitted as digital images of completed work.
There may be two (2) images for each work:
Name your image in the following format:
Image Title Format: Lastname_Title.jpg or Lastname_Title_Detail.jpg
Images may be color corrected to accurately represent the work but not enhanced in any way. Image editing is limited to cropping and adding or modifying a solid background of white, black, or gray.
The artist's name must not be visible on the digital image.
The images of accepted work will become the property of MLH and LowellArts and may be used for MLH or LowellArts publications and other promotional purposes.
Deadline for entry forms and emailed digital photos is
May 25, 2020.
Artwork must be ready for presentation upon delivery. All hanging works should be framed and fitted with secure hanging wire. D-rings are allowed for larger, heavy 2-dimensional pieces. Fabric wrapped canvases are allowed and do not require additional framing. Frames with exposed glass edges are not acceptable. Saw tooth hangers are not permitted. Entries must be dry and completely assembled, framed, matted or mounted. Multiple panel pieces cannot exceed 62 inches in any one direction once installed. 3-dimensional entries that hang must have adequate hanging hardware or hanging system. Work requiring special handling or installation will be accepted only at the discretion of LowellArts. Unsuitably prepared, hazardous, unstable, or extremely fragile works will be declined.
Any special instructions should be attached to the lower right back corner of the work or attached to the piece if 3-dimensional along with the entry tag.
If special handling or display is required, please contact Paula DeYoung, email@example.com.
All accepted entries must remain on exhibit through August 15, 2020.
Artists are asked to place each entry in one of two categories: Fiber Art or Functional Fiber. MLH will be awarding cash awards to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each of these categories at $250, $150 and $100, respectively. Other awards will also be presented.
Works will be judged based on originality, craftsmanship, aesthetics, suitability of technique/materials and appropriateness to purpose.
Notification of acceptance or rejection will be made via email.
Delivery of Accepted Entries:
Accepted entries will receive email notification with instructions and a .pdf of the entry tags required. This information will also be on the website. Entries need to be mailed to: Marta G. Williams, 12911 Sycamore Point Drive, Plainwell, MI 49080. Packaging of entries (with attached entry tags, a prepaid return shipping label, or a shipping label and check payable to MLH for return shipping) must be in reusable containers and marked MLH Biennial.
Hand delivered work will be accepted with prearranged drop off by calling Marta at 269-217-1939.
All accepted entries must be received by 8 PM
June 19, 2020.
Artists are responsible for insurance during shipping and while being hung at LowellArts. Artists will release and hold harmless LowellArts, its staff, and volunteers of any liability that may arise by damage, loss or theft while artwork is on the LowellArts premises.
Artwork will be mailed to the artist the week following August 15, 2020 provided that a prepaid return shipping label (or a check payable to MLH for the return postage) is provided when submitting. Artist can arrange to pick up artwork by contacting: Marta at 269-217-1939. Artwork will be released to the artist only, unless the artist calls ahead to authorize someone other than themselves to pick-up their work.
LowellArts will handle all sales and retain a 30% commission on all artwork sold during the exhibition. All items submitted must be for sale.
Please contact the Biennial Exhibit Committee Chairs with questions:
223 W. Main Street, PO Box 53 Lowell, MI 49331 616-897-8545 www.lowellartsmi.org