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Small Expressions 2018

Small Expressions 2018

Entry Closed

HGA’s Annual Exhibit of Small Scale Works

Exhibit:  July 1-15, 2018, to be held at The Wilbur May Museum, Reno Nevada, USA.

Small Expressions is an annual, international, juried exhibit featuring high quality, contemporary small-scale works. Small Expressions is sponsored by the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc., to showcase small scale works created using fiber techniques in any media, not to exceed 15 inches (38 cm) in any direction including mounting, framing, or display devices.

This year's exciting news is HGA has recieved a grant to fund Small Expressions 2018
to travel to more than one venue during a 12 month period.
As additional venues are finalized, details will be posted online.

Juror: Virginia Vogel

Virginia Voglel is a professor of Art at the University of Nevada Reno, specializing in fiber, visual foundations and fashion history and style. She has also taught costuming and serves as secretary for the Costume Design Group for the Organization of International Scenographers, Theater Architects and Technicians.


HGA seeks to feature work which is not only of the highest caliber in craftsmanship and technical ability, but which also speaks to intricacy of expression, intimacy of design, thoughtful communication, and visual excitement.

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 Wilbur D.May  Museum. 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 Small Expressions 2018 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.

Eligibility Up to three (3) pieces may be entered per artist. Works exhibited in previous Small Expressions 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 15 inches (38 cm) in any direction including any mounting, framing, and/or display devices.

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 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 for each work: one image of the entire piece and one optional detail image of full view of the front and full view of the back. Save as .jpg using the maxium 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.jpeg or Lastname_Title_Detail.jpg.

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-member; Student no fee (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.

All entries must remain on display until the conclusion of the exhibit.

Shipping Shipping instructions will be sent with the acceptance notification. Work should be packed very well and shipped in a substantial reusable container. Artists must pay shipping and insurance costs to the first venue and for return shipping and insurance costs from the final venue.  Artists must arrange to be billed directly for the return shipping. HGA will pay the shipping costs between venues.
Awards First, Second, and Third place and Honorable Mention and  the HGA Award, selected by the juror. Additional special criteria awards may be available. For updates please check the HGA Web site
Sales 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 up to $2000 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 Wilbur D. May Museum venue.

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

  • Entry deadlne: January 29, 2018
  • Jury notification sent by email: March 2, 2018
  • Accepted entried due at Wilbur D. May Museum: June 28, 2018
  • Exhibition dates: July 1-15, 2018
  • Return of work: Subject to traveling to other venues throughout 2018-June 2019

Entry Check List:


For Questions:

Call HGA at 678-730-0010 email HGA


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