International TECHstyle Art Biennial
Call for Entries
December 1, 2013 to March 14, 2014
In 2010, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles launched its signature event—the International TECHstyle Art Biennial (ITAB). Returning now for its third incarnation, ITAB is a juried exhibition of work by artists merging fiber media with new information and communication technologies in their artistic processes, as a medium of artistic expression, and/or in the content of their work. Leveraging its location in San Jose, ITAB serves as the premiere platform for introducing the work of artists exploring the intersection of fiber and technology to a diverse community that assembles--virtually and in the real world--in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Fibers, textiles, and the language of textile patterning have achieved wide attention in contemporary art practice—often as a means of evoking an experience that is both historical and contemporary. ITAB seeks to expose and explore the tensions between and among works by artists using fiber media whose work employs diverse artistic disciplines: architecture, fashion, fiber art, installation art, interior design, new media, painting, sculpture, etc. Artwork demonstrating a keen understanding and mastery of the aesthetic, structural/technical, and semiotic possibilities of fiber and of digital, computerized, or networked information and communication technologies are the hallmark of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles’ International TECHstyle Art Biennial.
ITAB 2014 JURORS
MICHAEL F. JAMES serves as the department chair and Ardis James Professor in Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL). He also serves as a Faculty Fellow of the International Quilt Study Center at UNL and as co-chair of its 2003 and 2007 symposia, “Wild by Design” and “Traditions and Trajectories: Education and the Quiltmaker.” The artist’s first two books, The Quiltmaker’s Handbook (1978) and The Second Quiltmaker’s Handbook (1981), are considered classic guidebooks for the novice quiltmaker. Mr. James exhibits his work widely in solo and group exhibitions both at home and abroad. In 1999 he was honored with a 25-year retrospective at the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society in Kentucky, and his work has been included in six Quilt National competitions as well as in invitational shows at the Museum of Arts and Design (formerly the American Craft Museum) in New York City. His work is included in numerous museum collections. His alma mater, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, awarded him an honorary doctor of fine arts degree in May 1992, and in 1993 he was inducted into the Quilter’s Hall of Fame. Since 2002 he has focused his creative efforts on digital textile printing and its interface with the quilt as mixed media platform. His work explores the liminal and fluid borderland between the physical and metaphysical worlds. His studio is located in Lincoln, Nebraska.
LOUISE LEMIEUX BÉRUBÉ is a Montreal-born textile artist and founding director of the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles (MCCT) since its opening in 1989 until 2012. Ms. Lemieux Bérubé received a B.A. at the Université du Québec à Montréal and has studied Jacquard weaving at Rhode Island School of Design. Her woven Jacquards have received numerous honors and have been exhibited and sold throughout Canada and in many other countries. A finalist for the Saidye Bronfman Award in 2005, one of the most prestigious awards in visual arts, she is internationally recognized for her knowledge and her work in Jacquard weaving and computerized embroidery. Ms. Lemieux Bérubé has served as President of the Québec Craft Council and member of Conseil des arts textiles du Québec from 1990 to 2000. She has also served on the board and advisory committee of Société de développement des enterprises culturelles du Québec (SODEC), and as president of the Craft Commission from 1995 to 2009. Since 2009 she has served on the board of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. She inaugurated the gallery at MCCT and has curated numerous exhibitions of local and international artists’ works. She is the author of Le tissage créateur, a comprehensive textbook on weaving, and the coauthor, along with Carole Greene, of Louise Lemieux Bérubé, Unwinding the Threads, published in 2012.
PATRICIA MALARCHER is a studio artist and independent writer. She makes pieced constructions using fabric, thread, plastic, and whatever else a sewing machine will accept. Her work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia, and Africa as well as throughout the United States. She has received three artist fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and has had 20 solo exhibitions. Her work is in many corporate collections and in the collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, the Cleveland Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and the Racine Museum. She is a former editor of the Surface Design Journal (1993–2012) and the Surface Design Association Newsletter. As a freelance writer she contributed to publications that include the New York Times, American Craft, Fiberarts, and Metalsmith. She has written numerous essays for exhibition catalogs as well as chapters for books including Michael James: Art & Inspirations, Objects and Meaning, and Helena Hernmarck: Tapestry Artist. As a Renwick Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, she did research on craft criticism. Patricia Malarcher has served on juries for national exhibitions including Quilt Visions, and has co-curated exhibitions including New Ends at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York, and Squares at the Leonard Hanson Gallery, Englewood, New Jersey.
Notification of the jurors’ decision will be sent via e-mail by April 21, 2014.
Submission to ITAB implies acceptance of the following conditions:
Photographing Your Work
Digital Image Submission
The artist is responsible for all shipping and insurance costs to and from the exhibition. Complete shipping instructions will be included with notification of acceptance.
The entry fee is $35 for San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles members, $45 for non-members.
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