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Fantastic Fibers 2023

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Entry Deadline: 2/1/23
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $35.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: International
State: Kentucky

Yeiser Art Center is now accepting entries for the FANTASTIC FIBERS 2023 international juried exhibition. One of Yeiser Art Center’s most engaging and innovative international exhibitions, FANTASTIC FIBERS seeks to showcase a wide range of outstanding contemporary works related to the fiber medium.

Contemporary and innovative works created with fiber as the primary medium or concept are welcome. This exhibition is open to all artists 18 years and over working in the field of fiber art. All work submitted must be original, completed in the last three years and not previously exhibited in a FANTASTIC FIBERS exhibition. There are no size restrictions. Up to three separate pieces per artist are permitted with an entry fee of $35 to cover all entries. FANTASTIC FIBERS 2023 will be on display at Yeiser Art Center from April 8th to June 24th, 2023.
Artists may submit up to three distinct works, with one image for each, in their entry. The fee is $35 whether you enter one, two, or three artworks. Each submission can include up to three different works, with one image for each. All entries must be submitted at the same time. You cannot submit additional entries after you have completed the checkout process. 

$1,200 will be awarded
•    $700 First Place
•    $300 Second Place
•    $200 Third Place

Sales will be encouraged where works are offered for purchase, but work need not be for sale to enter. Yeiser Art Center will keep a 40% commission on all gallery sales, so price your work accordingly. Work will be insured for the duration of the exhibition for the value of the work, or 60% of the retail price. Artists are responsible for insuring their work during transit to and from the Yeiser.


  • Deadline to Apply: February 1st, 2023
  • Notification of Acceptance: February 15th, 2023
  • Work Due at Yeiser Art Center By: March 25th, 2023, by 5pm
  • Reception: April 28th, 2023 (awards announced during reception; artists do NOT need to be present to win)
  • Exhibition dates: April 8th – June 24th, 2023

The show began in 1987 as a wearable art show but has evolved over the years to include a compelling mix of traditional and non-traditional works created from natural or synthetic fibers, and work that addresses the subject or medium of fiber. Paducah becomes a Mecca for quilters and quilt enthusiasts each April as more than 30,000 visitors from across the globe attend AQS QuiltWeek. Fantastic Fibers adds another special element to QuiltWeek by exploring the broader field of textiles. 

JUROR: Rena Wood
Fiber artist Rena Wood received her BFA in Fibers from the Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is an Assistant Professor of Fiber Art at Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft. As a Fiber Arts educator, she has taught workshops on embroidery and fiber processes at art centers and craft schools throughout the country. Previously, she was a Visiting Instructor at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Rena has been an Artist in Residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, TX, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, and at the Craft Alliance in St. Louis, MO. Her work has been shown nationally in solo and group exhibitions, most recently at the Leedy Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City, MO. Rena is a recipient of the Tennessee Arts Commission's Individual Artist Fellowship in Craft for 2023.  

Notification of INVITED or NOT INVITED will appear in your CAFE account after the jurying has been completed February 14. You will receive a notification from CAFE with acceptance or regrets. Multiple submissions may receive two different email notifications. Email notifications will list each artwork as Invited or Not Invited. Please check SPAM.

 *** Yeiser Art Center members receive a discount on all submissions. Please reach out to the gallery at or 270-442-2453 to update your membership and get the coupon code. 

Application Requirements

Contemporary and innovative works created with fiber as the primary medium or concept are welcome.

Eligibility Criteria

This exhibition is open to all artists 18 years and over working in the field of fiber art.