Know Your Meme and San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (SJMQT) are pleased to present the call for art, Know Your Meme: Stitching Viral Phenomena. The exhibition, which will be on view at SJMQT from October 20, 2019 - January 12, 2020, explores the concept of the meme as a poignant method to summarize, understand, and critique important societal issues and current events. In true meme fashion, the artwork selection will be driven by the power of the people and curated by the online community. All artworks must depict, relate to, or reference a meme through a textile method such as quilting, embroidery, cross- stitching, knitting and crocheting, weaving, basketry, etc.
Online Call For Entries: May 21, 2019 – July 22, 2019
Voting: July 23, 2019 - August 23, 2019
Notification: August 25, 2019
Artwork Due to SJMQT by: September 25, 2019
Opening Reception: October 19, 2019 7-9pm
Exhibition Dates: October 20, 2019 - January 12, 2020
Entries must be original work completed after 2016.
Artists must be 18 years of age or older.
Collaborative work will be considered as a single entry. Artists submitting both collaborative and individual works must apply separately.
Work must not exceed 6 feet in any single dimension and not more than 100 lbs.
All work must be either fiber in content or executed in a textile technique.
Submission to Know Your Meme: Stitching Viral Phenomena implies acceptance of the following conditions:
Accepted work must be completely ready for installation including any essential display hardware, rods, or stands.
Accepted artwork must be available for the entire duration of the exhibition.
If accepted work is sold prior to the exhibition, the artist must notify SJMQT and make arrangements with the new owner to have the work available for the duration of the exhibition.
Work other than that submitted and chosen by the jury may not be substituted.
The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles retains the right to reproduce and distribute the images to print and electronic media for publicity, documentation, and educational purposes.
The artist is responsible for all shipping and insurance costs to the museum, and the museum will pay for return shipping. Complete shipping instructions will be included with notification of acceptance.
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Form and Function: Fiber Arts for the 21st Century
Artist Member’s Exhibition at
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is pleased to announce the Second Artist Member’s Exhibition in the museum’s Porcella Gallery. Creatives who are current Artist Members may apply to exhibit one work in the exhibition Form and Function: Fiber Arts for the 21st Century.
In this exhibit, SJMQT seeks works in both traditional and new media that emphasize art over craft with bold use of artistic elements—line, space, shape, form, texture, and color to tell an individual story. The work should focus on fiber as media through unique or novel approaches in technique, material, or subject matter. Experiment with textile manipulation, color, texture and/or diversity of materials to include a compelling mix of traditional and non-traditional works created from natural or synthetic fibers. This is an opportunity to showcase your skills and the unique qualities of thread and textiles, and to communicate meaning through mark-making and structure. Stitch, surface, construction, joinery, embellishment—fiber artists use these methods and others to bridge craft and design, invoke new artistic concepts, and alter or refresh views of fiber. Each of our Members brings a personal vision and sensibility to his or her cloth. We want to celebrate this diversity and this exhibition is intended to promote an appreciation of fiber arts in the broader community.
Form and Function: Fiber Arts for the 21st Century is juried by artist and curator Karen Gutfreund.
Request for Proposals
Artist & Exhibition SJMQT Submission Guidelines
The Museum accepts proposals from individual artists working in the fiber arts, independent curators, professionally organized exhibitions, textile collectors and other institutions.
SJMQT currently installs exhibitions of historic, contemporary and art quilts, contemporary fiber art and world textiles from all cultures. For more information about the types of work and exhibitions we have organized in the past, please visit our Press page.
SJMQT programs three galleries with approximately 310 running feet of exhibition space (122’, 105’ and 86’.) Proposals may be for one, two or three of the galleries. In addition, we install smaller exhibits in our hallway with approximately 45’ running feet.
Please read the following submission guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be reviewed.
Each proposal must include the following:
Brief Artist Statement or Exhibition Proposal. Please clearly state why the SJMQT is an appropriate venue for your proposal and who is the intended audience. Not to exceed one page
Digital documentation: digital images on flash drive at least 300 dpi (JPEGs only) Please clearly label each image with artist last name, title, and date. (example: Smith, title, 2016 or SmithTitle2016.jpg)
A list of images with title, date, dimensions, materials, and technique for each work
Support materials may include press coverage and materials from previous exhibitions
If your proposal is not immediately accepted, we like to keep submissions in our exhibit files for future reference. However, if you prefer to have your materials returned, include a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage.
Please mail your materials to:
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
520 S. First Street
San Jose CA 95113
Submissions are NOT accepted by email or through the Museum’s Facebook page.
Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed quarterly by the Curator and the Exhibitions Committee. Due to the high volume of proposals received by the Museum, it may take up to six months before your application is reviewed.
Our exhibition schedule is planned at least two years in advance and proposals should be submitted one to two years before the proposed exhibition. However, those with shorter lead times will be considered and in some cases desired.
Thank you for your interest.