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Small Expressions 2017 Call for Entry

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HGA’s Annual Exhibit of Small Scale Works  

Exhibit: May 26 - July 29, 2017, to be held at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, Texas, 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.

Juror: Mary Ruth Smith

Mary Ruth Smith, Professor of Art at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, teaches surface design, weaving and off loom classes. During her 35+ years teaching in higher education, her award winning work has been widely exhibited in the United States as well as Europe, South America and Asia. She holds an MFA in Fabric Design from the University of Georgia and a Ph. D. in Art Education from Florida State University.


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 Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. 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 2017 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 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 2015), 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


To Enter Online: 

Online Entry Form 

Complete the online entry form before sending the image files.

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. The image size should be saved at approximately 4 x 6 inches on the long side. The files should be saved in .jpg format. The files should be saved at 300 ppi; approximately 2000 pixels on the long side. Do not send thumbnail size images.

Label the files using your last name and the title of the piece. For example: Lastname_Title.jpg 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.

Email images to the Exhibits Committee with your name in the Subject Line. Example: Lastname, Firstname.

It is the artist's responsibility to ensure that all material is in a readable format. See the Image Requirements section above.

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, Student (attach copy of student ID from accredited educational institution), no fee.
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 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 or hand pick-up of work will be allowed.

Awards 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
  • Entry deadline:  February 10, 2017
  • Jury notification sent by email: March 15, 2017
  • Accepted entries due at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft: TBA
  • Exhibition dates: May 26 - July 29, 2017
  • Opening reception and juror talk: June 1, 2017
  • Return of work: by end of August, 2017
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 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 Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

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

Entry Check List:


  • Complete online entry form.
  • Email images to Exhibits Committee,
  • Entry fee - $32 HGA Members, $47 for non-members - via credit card.

For Questions:

Call HGA at 678-730-0010 or email


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