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Mixed Media: The Playa

The Playa Mixed Media Exhibit 

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Exhibit: July 6-12, 2018, Peppermill Resort, Reno, Nevada

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An international  juried exhibit featuring high quality, contemporary works created in any material using any fiber technique.

The Playa is a wide open plain on which you can let your creative energy burst forth with a variety of fiber techniques and/or materials. Nevada's Black Rock Desert is famous for being a center of experimental happenings. Let your artwork push boundaries.

Juror: Louise Lemieux Bérubé

Louise Lemieux Berube's woven Jacquards have received  numerous honors and were exhibited in Canada and many countries. She has cofounded the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles. She has  traveled around the world showing her work. Louise is the author of Le Tissage Créateur, a manual for designers in weaving of all levels.


HGA seeks to feature work which is not only of the highest caliber in craftsmanship and technical ability but which also transcends the ordinary, expresses creative design beyond process, and is visually exciting.

The juror will independently screen all images and make the preliminary selection of all work in the exhibition. Entries will be evaluated on concept, design, technique, craftsmanship and creative exploration.

Accepted work is subject to final approval by the juror's representative after the actual work arrives at the Peppermill Resort. Work that exceeds the size limitation and/or differs significantly from the digital image representing it will be ineligible for the exhibition and returned to the artist.

Submission to The Playa implies that the artwork represented on the digital images will be, if chosen by the juror, available for the exhibition and that the artist understands that all accepted work, without exception, must remain for the duration of the exhibition.


Three pieces may be entered per artist. Works exhibited in previous Convergence Conference® exhibits are not eligible.

Submitted work is limited to works made using fiber techniques (interlaced, felted, stitched, dyed, coiled, knotted, pulled, spun, etc.) and can be of any material. All work must be of exhibition quality, completed within the last two years (since January 2016), and not previously published in any national or international print publication.

The size of the finished work may not exceed 80 inches in any dimension and it may not exceed 30 pounds in weight.

Work executed under classroom/educational guidance or supervision is not eligible.

Entry Procedure

Online Entry Form 

Entry is a two step process.

1. Complete the online entry form.

2. Email images to the Exhibits Committee at with your name in the Subject Line.

Example: Lastname, Firstname

Image Requirements: Images must be submitted as digital images of completed work. There may be two (2) images of each work; one image of the entire piece and one optional detail image or full view of the front and full view of the back. Save as .jpg using the maximum quality setting with at least 300ppi. Length on the long side of the image should be approximately 3000 pixels in order to have a clear, large image.

Image Title Format:  Lastname_title  or  Lastname_title_detail  

(example:  Smith_prettywovenpiece  or   Smith_prettywovenpiece_detail)

Images may be color corrected to accurately represent the work but not enhanced in any way. Image editing is limited to cropping and adding or modifying a solid background of white, black, or gray.

The artist's name must not be visible on the digital image.

The images of accepted work will become the property of HGA and may be used for HGA publications and other promotional purposes.  

Entry Fees

$32 HGA member, $47 non-HGA member, No fee for Students (must attach copy of student ID from accredited educational institution). 

Presentation of Work All accepted entries must be sent ready to show and exhibit. All work must be received ready to install. If work requires specific hanging device(s) or armature(s), these must be included with clear installation instructions.
Shipping Shipping instructions will be sent with the acceptance notification. Work should be packed very well and shipped in a substantial reusable container. Artists are responsible for the costs of sending and the return shipping of their work and for insurance during transit. Valid credit card information is required to guarantee international return shipping.

NO hand delivery of work will be allowed. 


First, second, and third place awards and the HGA Award will be selected by the juror. Additional special criteria awards may be available. For updates please check the HGA Web site


Entries received after these dates will be not be accepted

  • Entry deadline: February 5, 2018
  • Jury notification by email: March 9, 2018
  • Accepted entries due: TBA 
  • Exhibition dates: July 6-12, 2018
  • Return of work: August, 2018


 Work on exhibit will not be for sale.

Liability Exhibit pieces will be insured from the time of receipt for the insurance value indicated on the entry form and will be insured against all risks of physical loss or damage from any external cause while pieces are on location during the period of loan. Insurance excludes loss or damage that occurs by any event beyond the control of HGA or the Peppermill Resort.

During shipment, the insurance regulations of the shipping company will be in effect. The artist must provide any additional insurance.


Entry Check List:

  • Entry fee - $32 HGA Members, $47 for non-members.

For Questions:

Call HGA at 678-730-0010 or email


This prospectus may be reproduced and shared with other fiber artists.