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HGA’s Convergence® Conference Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Convergence conference?

HGA’s Convergence conference is the ultimate international fiber art experience, where you can meet people face to face and touch real cloth, not just exchange texts or look at images. It is the biennial, international conference sponsored and organized by the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc., and hosted by a committee of dedicated fiber enthusiasts. Each Convergence conference features special lectures, workshops and seminars, exhibits, tours, special events, and a Marketplace full of fibers, fiber-related equipment, and an artist market. The Convergence 2016 conference will be held July 30 - August 6, 2016, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

When will conference registration materials be available?

Registration materials are in the Fall 2015 issue of Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot magazine. Current HGA members receive a special registration rate. Registration details will also be available on this site.

When does registration open?

Registration opens in December 2015.

Do you have to be a member of HGA to take classes at the Convergence conference?

Yes, all Convergence class participants are members of the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. You may join HGA at any time or when you register for the Convergence conference.

What exhibit opportunities will be offered?

As with each prior Convergence conference, HGA always offers a range of exhibit opportunities for a wide variety of fiber arts. HGA will sponsor the annual Small Expressions exhibit, along with several other exhibits. There may also be group and solo exhibits in conjunction with the Convergence conference throughout the conference community. Sign up for our email newsletter at the bottom of this page for notice of exhibit calls for entry.

I am a student; are there any special opportunities for students?

Yes. Students enrolled in accredited academic programs are eligible to apply for a Convergence Assistantship Grant. Students may enter HGA-sponsored exhibits at no fee. Volunteer opportunities may also be available.

I am an instructor; are you accepting proposals for the Convergence 2016 conference?

Yes! HGA invites instructors to propose classes and workshops.  More information

I am a vendor; are you accepting applications for vendor space at the Convergence 2016 conference?

Vendor registration information will be available in early 2016. Previous Convergence vendors will automatically receive an application. Let us know of your interest by emailing with your email and surface mail address. Please include Convergence as part of your subject line.

Can you notify me of the Convergence conference announcements and developments?

Yes! Sign up for HGA’s email newsletter at the bottom of this page for announcement of news about the Convergence conference and other HGA activities and events.
Convergence conference information may also be available on Facebook and Twitter 

ConvWho do I contact for more information on any topic?

Simply send a message to with your questions.