Monday, August 29, 2016

Call for Submissions!

A Quilt Show with the Arlington Arts CostumeLab and the DC Modern Quilt Guild

Calling all DCMQG quilters:  We have been invited to celebrate National Quilt Month, March 2017, with Arlington County at the Studio 2700 Community Gallery in partnership with the Arlington CostumeLab, Arlington Cultural Affairs/Arlington Economic Development.  The quilts will hang on display for approximately two months, February and March 2017.  The address is 3700 South Four Mile Run, Arlington, VA.  The exhibition space consists of two large walls:  25 ft x 10 ft with wonderful skylights allowing lots of natural light.  Because the space is so defined and relatively small we are not sure exactly how many quilts will fit on the walls.  We believe that a good mix of smaller as well as mid-sized quilts will work best (large bed quilts will take up too much room).  Due to the space parameters, please read carefully following rules for entries:

1.  Maximum of two entries per member with the understanding that it is likely only one will be selected for the show.  Your chances of getting a quilt in the show are higher if your quilt is smaller.  

2.  Maximum width:    50 inches

3.  Maximum length:  50 inches

4.  Minimum width:    15 inches

5.  Minimum length:   15 inches

6.  The submission form link, requiring a photograph (per submission), will be made available to DCMQG members by October 15, 2016.

7.  Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2016.  Quilts for the show will be reviewed by a panel of three impartial judges during the month of December and accepted quilts will be notified in early January.

8.  There will be limited insurance coverage provided for the quilts that are selected for the show.  More information about insurance will be available in the coming months.

9. Criteria for submission:  The theme of the exhibit is to showcase modern quilting.  The selection panel will consist of three impartial judges following guidelines from The Modern Quilt Guild and categories for inclusion at QuiltCon.

Here is The Modern Quilt Guild’s description of modern quilting:  Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design.  Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt.  These include, but are not limited to:  the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic area of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work.  “Modern traditionalism,” or the updating of classic quilt designs, is also often seen in modern quilting.  The QuiltCon submission categories are as follows: 1) Appliqué, 2) Handwork, 3) Improvisation, 4) Minimalist Design, 5) Use of Negative Space, 6) Piecing, 7) Modern Traditionalism.   Please decide which category your quilt(s) will fall into.  We’ll be looking for a bit of each category to be represented in the overall exhibit.  Should your quilt be selected for the exhibit, you’ll need to decide if your quilt will be for sale or not.

Go forth and quilt!  We look forward to seeing what you submit!     --The DCMQG 2016 Board

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