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Wearable Expressions 7th International Juried Exhibition
5504 West Crestridge Road
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 USA

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Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: International
State: California
Event Dates: 1/21/17 - 4/16/17
Entry Deadline: 10/13/16
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 12
Total Media - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 12
Entry Fee (Wearable Expressions 7th International Juried Exhibition entry fee): $40.00
Palos Verdes Art Center presents Wearable Expressions 7th International Juried Exhibition, January 21– April 16, 2017 with Off the Wall and On the Runway on April 22, 2017.  

Wearable Expressions - wearable art designed for the human body in all media, from separates and full costumes to jewelry and accessories.

The competition is open to applicants 18 years or older.   The categories are fiber, jewelry and accessories.  Each artist can submit up to three items for consideration. Designate a category for each.  One entry can consist of several pieces if they are part of a complete ensemble or concept.  Individual or collaborative entries are encouraged. Include an Artists’ Statement of 50 words or less, along with a detailed description of materials and techniques used.  These will be used in the catalogue.

 Wearable Expressions is dedicated to:

*Promoting the fine art aspect of wearable art media in an international forum.
*Encouraging the creation of innovative art to wear.
*Sharing vision and exploration of techniques and materials.
First Place Fiber - $3,000
First Place Jewelry - $3,000
First Place Accessories - $3,000
Second Place Fiber - $1,200
Second Place Jewelry - $1,200
Second Place Accessories - $1,200
Third Place Fiber - $500
Third Place Jewelry - $500
Third Place Accessories - $500
Unique Use of Materials - Fiber - $700
Unique Use of Materials - Jewelry - $700
Unique Use of Materials - Accessories - $700
Popular Choice Award - $1500
The Circle Award  -  $800
Associates Award - $800
Art Patrons Award - $800


Joris Debo, Belgium – Creative Director of Materialise, provider of 3D printing software and services in a variety of industries, Managing Director of Revisited, an Antwerp and NY based fashion label focusing on creating minimal, effortless and unique pieces.

Jo Ann C. Stabb, USA – Senior Lecturer Emeritus, Design Department, University of California, Davis; teaching contemporary fashion and wearable design, history of fashion and costume and personal adornment for 34 years, author of published articles on wearable art, juror and curator for numerous exhibitions of wearables, Founding Curator of the Design Collection, UC Davis and exhibiting artist in both national and international exhibitions of wearable art.

Beatrijs Sterk, Germany – Publisher of Textile Forum Blog, former publisher of Textile Forum magazine, initiator of the European Textile Network (ETN), a European association that brings together textile professionals from diverse fields, as well as juror for the 5th International Biennial of Textile Art (Buenos Aires, Brazil, 2009); 8th Kaunas Biennial (2011), Rewind Personal Story in Lithuania and 2015, the 6th European Quilt Art Triennial 2015 (Heidelberg, Germany).
Robert K. Liu, PhD, USA –  Liu was trained as an ethologist but has been writing on personal adornment since 1974 as the Co-editor of Ornament Magazine. He is self-trained as a photographer and jeweler and the author of numerous publications, including his latest book, The Photography of Personal Adornment.

Charles Lewton-Brain, Canada – Distinguished Fellow of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and Fellow of the Gemological Association of Great Britain, teacher, author, former President of the Canadian Crafts Federation, a founder of the Ganoksin project on the web, recipient of the Governor General’s Award, Canada’s most important arts award.

Anneta Valious, France & Russia – Jewelry designer, finalist and winner of the international competition Bead Dreams (Milwaukee, USA, 2010-2015) winner of the jewelry contest Beading Design (Russia, 2012) author of books on the art of soutache embroidery; Soutache Embroidery, Russia 2012, Soutache, USA – 2013, Beading All-Stars, USA, 2014, professor of classes on creating soutache jewelry.

Entry Deadline: October 1, 2016
Notifications: November 15, 2016
Shipped Work Must Arrive by December 15, 2016
Hand-Delivered Work: December 20, by appointment with the curator
Exhibition Dates: January 21 – April 16, 2017
Reception: January 21, Time TBD
Awards Ceremony: January 21, Time TBD
Off the Wall and On the Runway – April 22, 2017, venue to be announced
In Person Pick Up of Work: April 24, 2017
Return Shipping: April 24 – May 3, 2017

Media: Wearable art designed for the human body in all media, including jewelry and accessories.

Fees: $40, for up to three entries (non-refundable.) Entry is through Artists must join CaFÉ™ (there is no charge to join). One entry can consist of several pieces if they are part of a complete ensemble or concept. PVAC is not responsible for lost, stolen or misdirected entries. Payment is by Visa or MasterCard.

Eligibility: The competition is open to adults 18 years or older. The categories are fiber, jewelry and accessories.  Each artist can submit up to three items for consideration. Designate a category for each.  Individual or collaborative entries are invited. Innovation is encouraged. Each entry must be original work completed within the last two years. Submission to Wearable Expressions implies that the work shown on the entry will, if chosen by the jurors, be available for the exhibition and that it is understood all accepted work, without exception, must remain for the duration of the exhibition.

Image Requirements: For fiber, two images, front and back views, a third if the ensemble has several parts or to show detail. For jewelry, one or two images, plus detail if needed. File type: jpeg. Images must be no smaller than 1,920  pixels on the long side. Each file can be up to 5 MB. Use a different file name for each image with your last name, title and whether front, back or detail.

The quality of photos is critical. Keep in mind that if your work is accepted, the photos you submit will be used in the catalogue.  Photos should be in sharp focus, well lit, with correct color and no distortions. For jewelry, use a plain background in white, neutral grays or black; avoid patterned or garish backgrounds.  Check for further photo details at the end of the prospectus or on our website. If possible, have professional shots taken of your work.  Accepted images will become the property
of Palos Verdes Art Center, which retains the right to reproduce and distribute the images through print and electronic media for promotion of the exhibition and artists.

Delivery: Work shipped for exhibition must be received by December 15, 2016. Work must be shipped in a substantial, reusable container. The artist is responsible for all costs relating to shipping and insurance of work while in transit to and from PVAC. PVAC will not assume customs and/or brokerage charges. Complete shipping instructions will be included with Notification of Acceptance. Hand delivered work will be accepted by appointment on December 20, 2016. Please call the curator at 310-991-7144 to schedule a time.

Insurance: Palos Verdes Art Center insures work while on the premises. PVAC carries no earthquake or terrorist insurance. Every precaution will be taken to protect works however Palos Verdes Art Center is not responsible for damage and/or deterioration due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control. Artists whose work is not for sale must list a valid insurance value in US dollars.

Notification of acceptance will be by e-mail. Be sure to add to your safe senders list. Keep a copy of your entry for reference. Sales and insurance prices indicated on your entry will be considered firm throughout the length of the exhibition.

Presentation of Work: all work must be received ready to install with installation instructions when necessary.

Return of Work: Hand delivered work must be picked up at PVAC on April 24, 2017 between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm or by appointment with the curator. Shipped work will be charged to your Visa, MasterCard, PayPal or carrier account as indicated on your Return Shipment Authorization form. Notify curator if your credit card requires updating before close of the exhibition.

Sale of Work: 25% on sales in U.S. currency will be retained by Palos Verdes Art Center. All works will be assumed for sale unless otherwise indicated as not for sale. (NFS)

(The above guidelines must be followed for inclusion in the exhibition)


The images you send can make the difference between whether or not your entry is accepted. It is essential that images are of the highest quality, in focus, uncluttered and accurately represent your work in form, detail and color.

These are the photos that will be used in the catalogue, exhibition announcements and for publicity. It’s critical that when they are enlarged they retain their sharpness and clarity of detail. They must be high-resolution jpegs, at least 1,920 pixels for the long dimension. Files can be up to 5 MB each.

Make sure you have good lighting that shows your work accurately with minimal or no shadows. Photos need to be light enough to see the image clearly, but not so light that detail is obliterated.

Because of its reflectivity, jewelry is especially difficult to photograph. When possible, use a light-absorbing, neutral, non-patterned background – avoid reflective surfaces. If you are unable to hire a professional photographer, there are many resources in print and on line that can help you get your best shot.

Try to photograph your garment on a person, rather than on a mannequin. Don’t pose models in the midst of shrubbery or in front of disruptive patterns. A plain background is best. If you use a sheet or fabric for a backdrop, iron out the wrinkles. Your garment needs to be shot full length with nothing around it to obscure the outline. Avoid jewelry and accessories unless they are part of your entry.

Your artist statement and detailed description of materials and techniques are your opportunity to communicate with the juror and, in the end, the viewer, both in the catalog and at the exhibition.

This, the Seventh Palos Verdes Art Center Wearable Expressions Exhibition, continues to include exceptional U.S. and international jurors, Off the Wall and On the Runway along with more exhibition space and more awards.

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