Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about Threads of Resistance:

How will the work be judged? This is a juried show, and members of The Artist Circle will serve as jurors and curators. Work entered will be judged based on artistic and design strength, whether it meets the theme of the exhibition as noted in the Call for Entries, and quality of workmanship. 

How many pieces will be chosen? We are still working with the venues to determine this, based on space available at each venue. 

Do you accept entries from outside the U.S.? Yes. But artists from outside the U.S. will be required to pay for shipping their work back to their countries, in addition to shipping them to the first U.S. venue.

Do you accept three-dimensional work like sculptures? No, it is not eligible, due to shipping concerns,  shipping costs, and space at the exhibition venues. 

Can my piece have embellishments (such as safety pins) that stick out from the surface? Embellishments are permitted, but they can’t be sharp, pointed, or fragile, or stand out from the surface more than 1". They must be securely attached. Safety pins would be permitted if they were closed and securely attached. We will be shipping the art between venues either stacked or rolled, and we don’t want anything sharp that might damage other artists’ work in transit.  

My piece can’t accommodate a 4" sleeve; is that okay? No, it must have a 4" sleeve on the back. We can’t accept pieces that are framed, mounted, or that have wooden slats or other hanging systems. The exhibition is traveling to 11 venues (possibly more), and we need consistency for shipping and hanging at the venues, which include both traditional quilt shows and museums.  

Do you accept other types of fiber art, such as felted work or weavings? Yes; all types of fiber art are eligible for entry, but all work must be able to hang using a 4" hanging sleeve, and must not contain sharp or fragile embellishments. 

Do you accept group quilts? Yes. There is a space in the online entry form to list all of the makers. 

Do you accept anonymous entries? No. We will require artists to use their real names on the submissions and any printed materials, including the exhibition catalogs. We feel it is critical to the success and impact of the exhibit that we use our real names, because it adds credibility to the messages that each of us is trying to communicate. 

Can I use or recreate another artist’s work in my piece? Yes, as long as you have permission from the original artist. But because of the potential for your artwork, should it be accepted, to be photographed and shared all over the world, both online and in print – as well as being used in marketing and promotional materials – you will need to provide us with the name and email address of the artist whose image you are using or reproducing, even if you have already obtained permission from them. There is a space to do this on the entry forms when you submit your artwork for jurying. 

Are artists allowed to sell their work in the exhibition, and will “Threads of Resistance” handle sales? Each venue has its own commission structure regarding sales ranging from taking 20% -50% of the sale price. In the event of a sale, you will be notified by the venue who will process the sale for you. Threads of Resistance will not take any commission on artwork sold. You may choose to mark your work “Not for sale.”

How long will it be before I get my work back? Artwork must remain in the exhibition until such time as it is done traveling. At this point, we have it booked to run through October 2018, but we may add additional venues.

If my piece is not chosen for the exhibition, will it still be featured on the blog/website? Depending on the volume of work submitted, and the number of pieces that the exhibition ends up including, we may decide to feature work on the website that is not chosen for the exhibition. 

How do I enter? Registration is open here: http://threadsofresistanceentry.com Registration will close at midnight (11:59:59 p.m.) Eastern time on May 1, 2017. This site also has guidelines for taking good photos of your work, and you can preview the forms to see exactly what you’ll need to prepare before you start the entry process. 

What are you looking for in photos? Here are some tips:

  • Good photography is very important. Work is not accepted because of poor photography than for almost every other reason. The jurors can’t judge your work if they can’t see it clearly. 
  • Take a picture of your quilt straight on, with the edges showing on the background, which could be a design wall, a piece of black fabric or another color that shows off the sides of your piece.
  • Straight pins should not be visible in the photo.
  • The online entry system requires one photo of the entire quilt, and one detail shot. Both should be shot in high resolution (300 dpi).
  • Make sure that the piece is in vertical format and is going the right direction on the full and detail shot.  
  • The detail shot should be the best one that shows us a specific detail of what you most want us to see. 
  • Please do not use color correction, as we need to see the true colors in your photographs (the colors in the photos should match the colors in your artwork.)
  • Digital images must be saved as a high quality JPEG file (No TIFF files). 
  • Finished images should be between 2100 and 4200 pixels on the longest side. 


  1. I can only do images from phone or iPad. Will you accept them? . Art is done but the technology is a huge hurdle for me .

    1. I take my photos with my iPhone. Just make sure that the resolution is high. If your piece is accepted, your photos will be used in the catalog for the exhibition, so the quality is very important both for judging and for the publication.


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