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International TECHstyle Art Biennial

Call for Entries

December 1, 2013 to March 14, 2014

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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.


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.


  1. Artists may submit up to three (3) works.
  2. Work will be submitted digitally to an online server, directions below.
  3. Online submissions are open December 1, 2013 –March 14, 2014.
  4. The entry fee is $35 for San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles members, $45 for non-members. Only one entry fee per artist is required (includes up to three (3) submissions). Learn more about membership by visiting the website.
  5. Each entry must be represented by two images: One (1) full view and one (1) detail.
    NOTE: For installation pieces, provide TWO (2) different views and TWO (2) details.
  6. Work that will be exhibited in a frame should be represented as such. Work framed under glass should be photographed without glass, but noted that it will be displayed with glass.


Notification of the jurors’ decision will be sent via e-mail by April 21, 2014.


  1. Entries must be original work completed after January 1, 2012.
  2. Artists must be 18 years of age or older.
  3. Collaborative work will be considered as a single entry. Artists submitting both collaborative and individual works must apply separately.
  4. Work must not exceed 12 feet in any single dimension.
  5. Installation pieces must state total space requirement on entry form.
  6. Work must be original in concept and design and not be the result of a class or workshop.
  7. All work must be either fiber in content or executed in a fiber technique.
  8. Work included in previous ITAB exhibitions will not be considered.


Submission to ITAB implies acceptance of the following conditions:

  1. Accepted work must be completely ready for installation including any essential display hardware, rods, or stands.
  2. Accepted artwork must be available for the entire duration of the exhibition.
  3. If accepted work is sold prior to the exhibition, the artist must notify ITAB and make arrangements with the new owner to have the work available for the duration of the exhibition.
  4. Work other than that submitted and chosen by the jury may not be substituted.
  5. 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.
  6. The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles has a new photo policy which permits photography by the general public, with the following restrictions:
    • Photos for personal use only.
    • Absolutely no flash.
    • No reproductions.
    • Both museum and artist must be credited.
  7. While at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, work will be insured for its stated insurance value. The insurance value of works available for sale is 50% of the retail sales price.
  8. For works available for sale, a 50% commission on retail sale will be retained.


Online submissions open December 1, 2013–March 14, 2014
Submission deadline March 14, 2014
Notification April 21, 2014
Accepted work due June 16–July 3, 2014 (Hand-delivered work accepted by appointment.)
Exhibition dates July 30–November 9, 2014
Opening reception August 10, 2014


  1. Work will be judged from DIGITAL images.
  2. Selection will be based on the overall quality of the work and its relevancy to the standards stated in REQUIREMENTS.
  3. Accepted work will be subject to final approval by the jurors’ representative. Work that differs significantly from the image representing it will be rejected and returned to the artist.

Photographing Your Work

  1. It is ESSENTIAL that the images of your artwork are of the highest professional quality. Use a professional photographer if possible.
  2. Images should be in focus, properly exposed, and evenly lit. Detail images should show an important aspect of the work, for example visible stitches on a quilt.
  3. Each image should be on a neutral background and accurately reflect the work submitted. COLORS MUST REPRESENT THE PIECE ACCURATELY.
  4. Digital cameras should be 6 megapixel or better with a good quality lens to prevent distortion of the image (barreling, pincushion, or keystoning).
  5. Proper lighting is essential. DO NOT USE A CAMERA FLASH. It will cause a “hot spot” on the work.

Digital Image Submission

  1. Original digital photography should be submitted in high ­resolution JPG format. The narrowest uncropped dimension should be approximately 1800 pixels. Images should be 300 dpi.
  2. Filenames should NOT contain special characters such as periods, commas, slashes, pound signs, asterisks, etc.
  3. Select baseline “standard” when saving JPG files.


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.


  1. Work must arrive at the designated location by July 3, 2014.
  2. Work MUST be shipped in STURDY, REUSABLE containers and include any necessary hardware, materials, and instructions for installation along with detailed repacking instructions.
  3. COD packages will NOT be accepted.


  1. The artist is responsible for paying for return shipping.
  2. The museum will arrange return shipping with artist prior to close of exhibit.
  3. Return shipping will be via US Postal Service or FedEx.
  4. Hand­-delivered work may be picked up by appointment.


The entry fee is $35 for San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles members, $45 for non-members.
You may pay before or after you submit your artwork.

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Registration has closed. No further registrations will be accepted at this time.

For More Information

If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Corsini at ; 1-408-971-0323
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles    

If you have technical questions about the on-line system, please contact Lisa Ellis at