Richmond Art Center

What Knot? Call for Artists

Call for artists working with fiber as a medium or concept

Exhibition Dates: September 11 – November 16, 2018
Reception: Saturday, September 8, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Exhibition Prospectus

Presented by the Richmond Art Center in partnership with the Northern California Surface Design Association, What Knot? will feature contemporary art by Californian artists working with fiber and textile construction techniques, and offering new twists on traditional processes, materials and concepts. The exhibition will be juried by Camille Ann Brewer, Curator of Contemporary Art at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, D.C.

CALL FOR ENTRY: California artists whose work addresses fiber are invited to enter. This includes artists who work with fiber as a medium, as well as artists exploring its conceptual elements. All entries will be juried online. Selected works will be presented in the Community Gallery at the Richmond Art Center in Fall 2018. The deadline to enter is Monday, July 23, 2018.

Juror Awards: $1,000

About the Juror:

Camille Ann Brewer joined The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum as its first full-time curator of contemporary art in October 2016. This new curatorial position is supported by a five-and-a-half year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to advance the museum’s contemporary art initiative. Since joining GWU, she has been the coordinating curator for three exhibitions at the museum: Ebony: Fifty Years of Ebony Fashion Fair (2017), Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse (2017), and The Box Project: Uncommon Threads (2017). Camille comes to the museum from the University of Chicago, where she served as executive director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. She formerly served as an assistant curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts and as an art consultant and curator for her own company, CAB Fine Art, building collections and organizing exhibitions for public museums, corporations, and private collectors. A former East Bay resident, Brewer was the Artist-in-Residence at the Richmond Art Center in the late 1980s.

About the Northern California Surface Design Association:

The Surface Design Association was founded in 1977 to promote awareness and appreciation of textile-inspired art and design through member-supported benefits including publications, exhibitions and conferences. With the Surface Design journal, awards for student excellence, member grants, a biannual conference, and networking opportunities, SDA seeks to encourage innovation and advocate for artistic excellence as the global leader in textile-inspired art and design. Northern California SDA, one of numerous regional groups, connects to its local community with newsletters, meetings featuring nationally acclaimed speakers, workshops, and juried exhibitions.

Deadline to Enter: Monday, July 23 at midnight

Other important dates

Artist Notification by: Friday, August 10
Artwork Drop Off: Friday, August 24, 11:00am-4:00pm and Saturday, August 25, 11:00am-4:00pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 8, 5:00-7:00pm
Exhibition Dates: September 11 – November 16, 2018
Artwork Pick Up: Saturday, November 17, 11:00am-4:00pm and Monday, November 19, 11:00am-4:00pm

Call for Entry Clinic: Saturday, July, 14, 11am-2pm

Computers not your forte? We can help with your online submission. Come to the Richmond Art Center on Saturday, July 14 and we can complete your online entry for you. This is a drop in clinic, no appointment necessary. You’ll need to bring your artwork information (title, year, size, medium) and digital images of your work.



  • Participation is open to all artists who reside/work in California
  • Deadline to enter: Monday, July 23 at midnight

Artwork Requirements:

  • Media: Contemporary work created with fiber as the primary medium or concept
  • Submissions: You may submit up to 3 pieces, or more with an additional charge (see below for pricing). If you have only one or two pieces, you may add an additional detail/view as your third submission.
  • Video: For video submissions, upload a video still in the Artwork Image 1 field and include the URL link in the medium description
  • Artwork size: 2D and 3D work accepted. Artwork size may not exceed 68 inches in height and 36 inches in depth (no limits on width)
  • Installation: Artwork cannot be displayed on mannequins or hung from the ceiling. The Community Gallery is very long and can accommodate quite wide pieces, it also has built-in display cases for keeping smaller works secure 
  • New and original work: Artwork submissions must be original work created since 2015 that have not previously been exhibited at the Richmond Art Center

Prepare Your Submission:

  • Artwork information: Include caption information for each artwork submission (title, year, media, dimensions, price/value)
  • Digital Images:Image files should be jpgs with a maximum width of 1200px and 1 MB file size. File naming convention: Lastname_FirstInitial_NumberOfImage.jpg (example: smith_r_1.jpg)

Entry Fee:

Payment can be made online, by phone (510.620.6772), or in person at the Richmond Art Center

  • Non-members: $45 nonrefundable entry fee entitles each artist to submit up to three artworks (one image per artwork). $15 for each additional artwork.
  • For RAC and SDA members: $35 entry fee for up to three works. $10 for additional works of art.


  • Fees: Entry fees are non-refundable
  • Selection: Entry does not guarantee selection for the exhibition
  • Selection: Unfortunately the juror cannot provide individual feedback on their jurying decisions
  • Artwork: Selected artwork must be installation ready with appropriate hanging hardware
  • Artwork: Selected artwork not accurately represented by the digital file and artwork caption information may be declined at the discretion of the Juror and Richmond Art Center
  • Delivery: Selected artwork must be delivered to the Richmond Art Center during scheduled drop off dates:
    • Artwork Hand Delivery Days/Time: Friday, August 24, 11:00am-4:00pm and Saturday, August 25, 11:00am-4:00pm
    • Artwork Shipped Delivery Days: Artworks shipped should arrive at the Richmond Art Center between Thursday, August 16 and Thursday, August 23. Shipped artwork needs to be delivered with a postage paid return address label. Work must be shipped in sturdy, reusable cardboard containers. DO NOT use loose styrofoam “peanut” packing
  • Insurance: The Richmond Art Center shall insure selected artwork for duration of exhibition
  • Images: Artists agree to allow the Richmond Art Center to use images of entered artworks for publicity and education purposes
  • Sales: For any artwork sales: artist receives 60% of the sale price; Richmond Art Center retains 40%
  • Pick Up: All unsold artworks must be picked up on the scheduled days: Saturday, November 17, 11:00am-4:00pm and Monday, November 19, 11:00am-4:00pm


Before clicking on the entry form button, be sure you have prepared all required artwork information and digital images with required file and naming formats as listed above.

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