Call for Entries

The Artist Circle presents “Threads of Resistance,” a juried exhibition of work created to protest the Trump administration’s actions and policies.

We invite you to consider the theme “Threads of Resistance,” and create work – fiber art, art quilts, modern quilts or traditional quilts – to convey your passion, anger, or sadness about an issue that concerns you. Your work can be either positive (encouraging and unifying), or negative (portraying anger, sadness or discouragement). Possible themes include:

Refugee crisis
Climate change
Black Lives Matter/racism
Attack on science
Gag rules on federal employees
The Women’s March Jan. 21, 2017
Sexual violence/sexual assault
Equal rights/equal pay for women
Women’s reproductive rights
LGBT rights/gay marriage
Freedom of the press
Fake news and lies
Supreme Court nominees
White nationalism/supremacy
Electoral college
Border wall
“America First” policy
Income disparity
Freedom of religion and worship/religious discrimination
Gun control/gun violence

General information
  • You may submit up to three pieces of work. Multiple works by a single artist may be accepted.
  • Entry will be through an online system at
  • The entry fee is $30 for up to 3 pieces.
  • Each entry must include an artist’s statement that will accompany the piece in the exhibition(s). Curators reserve the right to edit artist statements for clarity and length.
  • Submissions must be a minimum of 20” wide x 20” high, and a maximum of 48” wide x 60” high.
  • Nothing can hang off the bottom or sides of the piece.
  •  No sharp or fragile embellishments.
  • Each piece must have a 4” fabric hanging sleeve on the back. (Further instructions will accompany acceptance notifications.)
  • No mounted or framed work can be accepted.
  • No material in your piece may be copyrighted.
  • No work may include a call to violence. (But it may portray violence, or include profanity or nudity, as long as it supports the theme of the piece, and is not gratuitous).
  • International entries are welcome, but artists located outside the U.S. will be responsible for shipping costs to the U.S. and back to them from the U.S.
  • Information about the exhibition is available at, which will eventually feature works and artists in the exhibition. 

Other issues still under consideration:
  • Our premiere will be at New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA.
    All confirmed venues are listed on the website at We are in discussions with more venues, and will announce them on the website once they are confirmed.
  • We are unsure about the size of the exhibition (the number or works that will be accepted) because this is dependent on the venues. 
  • Entry fees will be used to cover the online entry system, marketing, and as much of the return shipping costs as possible. Exhibitors will be responsible for covering the cost of shipping their entries to the exhibition venue. International exhibitors will be responsible for shipping costs to the first venue and from the last venue. Any excess money will be split between the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), and IRC (International Rescue Committee).  
  • We are planning to publish an exhibition catalogue.
Important dates
Feb 14, 2017: Online entry opens
May 1, 2017: Online entry closes at midnight
On or before June 1, 2017: Acceptances/rejections will be sent out via e-mail.
July 10: Exhibition premieres at New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA
July 15: Opening reception at New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA
(Please see other dates on the website:


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The Artist Circle
Sue Bleiweiss
Susan Brubaker Knapp
Judy Coates-Perez
Jane Dunnewold
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Jamie Fingal
Lyric Montgomery Kinard
Melanie Testa
Leslie Tucker Jenison
Kathy York

Download this call for entries by clicking the button on the main page. 


  1. Thank you! I can't wait to see this exhibit. I won't have time to make something for the exhibit and I am truly sorry, but I applaud your initiative and bravery!

  2. How long do you envisage the pieces being tied up in the exhibition and would they be for sale?

    1. At this point, we don't know when the exhibition will be shown. We are in discussions with one venue so far, and anticipate several others might be interested. Artists will have the opportunity to mark their work as for sale during the exhibition, but Threads of Resistance will not handle any sales directly. We would probably just pass on interested buyers' information to the artists.

    2. Please see the updated venue list, Julia... we have venues lined up through October 2018.

  3. Please count me in! Thank you for giving me this opportunity to express myself.

  4. Looking forward to seeing this come together!

  5. Replies
    1. No, I'm sorry. We don't know if the venues can accommodate it, and it is expensive to transport between venues.

  6. Excellent! I have my idea already worked out. A great way to relieve some anxiety.

  7. I would like to participate but do not buy anything online. Is there a way to register by phone or regular mail?

  8. There are so many issues popping up every day to work with!!! When will it stop??

  9. Replies
    1. We are in negotiations with multiple venues, and will post the information here once the details are finalized.

  10. is there a requirement for "new work" or an allowance for earlier works that my be relevant? I have an older piece that is begging to be revisited. TIA

    1. No, the work does not have to be new, or made specifically for this exhibition. Thanks, Laura!

  11. so... do we have to be in agreement with your views to summit something?

    1. This is a juried exhibition, and the evaluation will be based on how well the entries meet the theme, as noted in the Call for Entries:

      “The Artist Circle presents “Threads of Resistance,” a juried exhibition of work created to protest the Trump administration’s actions and policies. We invite you to consider the theme “Threads of Resistance,” and create work – fiber art, art quilts, modern quilts or traditional quilts – to convey your passion, anger, or sadness about an issue that concerns you. Your work can be either positive (encouraging and unifying), or negative (portraying anger, sadness or discouragement).”

  12. Is there any requirement that a quilt is pieced and quilted by the same person? Basically, can I have my entry quilted by a professional long-armer? Also, my quilt is larger than your size range - 70x60. Is there any chance it could still be considered? Thanks!

    1. It is fine to have multiple makers. Just list everyone involved when you enter. Our size requirements are firm, so a 70" x 60" quilt could not be entered. We need to do this because some of the venues have limited space.

  13. I'm in! I waited to commit, because I have a solo show I wanted to have the newest work in. But I've decided I need to make the time to do both. I wish the work could be a lot bigger, but 60 x 48 is better than some shows' max limit. I applaud all of you, for putting this project together in such a timely way, and getting it out in July!!! Amazing. Thank you ALL for the gift of your time and hard work and expertise. Your efforts here are a big part of this Resistance! Good bless you all! Love, Susan

  14. I made a piece that is a photo design on fabric, that is stretched and framed and could be submitted. It has a quilt-like layout and it is about treatment for breast cancer. Would something of this nature be acceptable for jurying?

    1. Hi, Char,
      Unfortunately, we can't accept work that has been framed or mounted, due to shipping and display logistics.

  15. Will a semi-circle 20 inches high and 39 inches wide work, or does the piece need to be rectangular?

  16. Is deadline Sunday night or Monday night ?

    1. You have all day Monday May 1. The deadline is 11:59:59 p.m. Monday May 1 (Eastern Time).

  17. Hi Susan,

    I've paid my $30. I filled out part 1 of the application, then information about adding work - i hit save and it disappeared. i wasn't able to add my photos. Help. barb schrank

  18. got my application / submission to work.


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