Thursday, September 27, 2012

American Tapestry Biennial IX



Today I shipped the above tapestry, "August (or The Dog Days of Summer)" to the ninth American Tapestry Biennial.

About 20 years ago, I had a phone and email discussion with Marti Fleisher, the president of the then floundering American Tapestry Alliance. I was the exhibit chairperson of the first exhibit ATA would be hosting after it's reconstruction. It was an ambitious exhibit; to be shown in five venues across the US. I timidly (or maybe boldly) suggested that we call the exhibit the American Tapestry Biennial I, with the commitment implied that it would be an ongoing exhibit, to happen every two years. Marti said we should 'go for it.' So we did. I am SO proud that this exhibit is now being presented for the ninth time! I am prouder of that, because I wasn't sure a few times that it would continue, than I am of the fact that my work has now been juried into the exhibit for the fourth time. It has taken the concerted and generous efforts of a number of wonderful volunteer artists for it to continue and thrive. If you want to learn a LOT about tapestries, about galleries, about the jurying process, and even about yourself,  contact ATA and volunteer to be a part of one of the exhibits. You will not regret it. I never have.

ATB9 will be shown in two venues.
October 19 – December 16, 2012
The Dairy Barn Arts Center
8000 Dairy Lane
Athens, OH 45701-9393
www.dairybarn.org
Opening reception: Friday, October 19, 2012; 5:00-7:00pm

January 12 – February 23, 2013
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
311 East Main Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 422-6467
http://www.fwmoa.org/
Opening reception: Friday, January 18, 2013
If you are in either of the areas during exhibit time, and you get to attend the exhibit, I would love to see some photos!

There is a beautiful color catalog of the exhibit, and it is available here.

2 comments:

Rebecca Mezoff said...

Thanks for the story Kathy!

ringadal said...

Kathy,
Congratulations on the inclusion of this beautiful tapestry. I am sorry I won't be seeing it in person. It is too bad we didn't find an east coast venue. One of these days....

Also, interesting to hear the history of the biennial