Art Quilts XVIII: ARTrageous Art Quilts

A Call to Artists for original works of textile Art Quilts that step outside of the box in some context, reflecting a twist on the traditional, an interesting technique that is unique to your work, or simply something that is so extremely bold, that your colleagues will exclaim, “what!?!” The challenge is to move beyond any traditional style, context or subject that you have relied on in the past, or to take your traditional context and mix it up in a way that is beyond being bold. Outrageous: exceeding the limits of what is usual.
ARTIST CALL: Art Quilts XVIII: ARTrageous Art Quilts, an exhibition to be held at the Chandler Center for the Arts. To submit work for consideration, please follow the entry requirements below:
ART QUILTS XVIII: ARTrageous Art Quilts
Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler, AZ
November 1, 2013 – January 18, 2014
Entry Deadline: Friday, August 23, 2013
Art Quilts XVIII: ARTrageous Art Quilts
This year’s theme encourages you to explore beyond the scope of the normal. What are the most important themes happening your work? Are they subjected to enough of your own scrutiny? Can you take a theme that seems to run rampant in your work and twist it just so slightly? Can you look formidably at your body of work and see the trends of expression you seem to rely on for comfort?  How easily can you examine your own “context” and allow yourself as an artist to step outside and look inward? Our examination of the extent of our creative expression is the key. How do we see humor in our replication of “traditional themes and contexts?” Can we look for the key that will unlock the door to stepping “out of bounds” with the messages we are trying to express? Ah, this year will be ARTrageous!
Submit your most significant work to this annual exhibition of contemporary artworks, showcasing one of the finest collections of art quilts on display in the regional Southwest.
The exhibition is produced by the Chandler Center for the Arts and is presented by the Chandler Cultural Foundation and the Chandler Arts Commission.
The Chandler Center for the Arts Art Quilts exhibition has grown from a local and regional quilt show to a respected vehicle for contemporary works. The exhibition draws entries from around the United States and Canada and allows thousands of visitors each year to experience quilting as an art form. Our juror is Arizona artist Laurie Fagen.
Juror Laurie Fagen, Biography & Statement
Laurie Fagen of Fagen Designs is an award-winning fiber artist who “paints with fabric” to design and create original contemporary wall art and wearable art, which includes metal and polymer clay jewelry. In addition to teaching and speaking about contemporary art quilting, she is former owner of Art on Boston Gallery, and still promotes fine art and fine artists online at
Fagen currently has work at the TCArt Shop at the Tempe Center for the Arts; at Textiles and Textures in Prescott; and in private collections across the country. Her public art commissions include at the City of Phoenix Ironwood Branch Library.
Currently chair of the Chandler Arts Commission, Fagen is also a member of the Mavericks, a chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild and Fiber Connection.
Her website is
“I am thrilled to be selected as juror for this year’s Art Quilts show, and look forward to seeing ‘ARTrageous’ work from some of our best art quilters. Fiber art is finally receiving the recognition it has so long deserved as a strong, viable and exciting art form, and I’m pleased to be working on this terrific show.
“The Chandler Center for the Arts annual Art Quilts display is one of the strongest and largest in the area, where thousands come each year to enjoy the artwork. This year will be no different, and I can’t wait to see your latest pieces!”
Juror’s Exhibition Theme: ARTrageous Art Quilts
Using any of the various techniques and materials of the Art Quilt medium, create a work to express a new twist on your collective body of work. The theme you choose may be conceptual, visual, or personal. For example:
·    Art often steps beyond the boundaries of comfort…
·    Design elements can be modified to create new ideas, patterns or concepts…
·    Life is filled with opportunities to see the brighter side of ourselves and our work. Find inspiration in the bizarre, the outlandish or just the silliness of taking oneself too seriously.
For each $15 fee, you may submit up to 3 works on a CD or via email. There is NO form, but entries MUST be accompanied by the following information:
1. Artist name and contact info: Your name, email address (typed along with your other contact info), physical mailing address and day and evening phone numbers.
2. Images of Art Quilts: For each submitted work, include a full and detail view. You may submit images as digital jpeg, .tif or .eps images. Digital images should have a minimum 300 dpi resolution for an approximate picture size of 3 x 4 inches (or larger). This allows the images to be considered for the invitation postcard. The digital images can be either on a CD or submitted via email to (if applying via e-mail, please note your last name and “Art Quilt Application” in the subject line). With each image, the name of the artist(s) and title of the quilt must be included. Please title digital files so that this guideline is followed, even if in an abbreviated manner. Example: UpandDowndetMeyers.jpg would indicate the quilt titled: “Up and Down”, detail view by Beth Anne Meyers. Accepted images will be retained for the archives and possible catalogue production; Submission CDs will be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope with correct postage.
3. Information and Description: A list or document file describing the images which includes:  artist(s) name(s), quilt title(s), dimensions in inches (width x height), sale price or insurance value, techniques/materials used, and a story or statement about how the piece address the theme: ARTrageous Art Quilts. We are interested in understanding and experiencing your particular artwork. Share what moves you as a person and inspires you as an artist.
4. Permissions: Statement declaring whether or not photos of your art, and the images you provided may be taken to promote current and future shows, including on the Web and in a possible catalogue. If your work is accepted, and you give permission to use your images, you also give full permission to use image(s) of your work(s) and your artist’s statement(s) in this publication without payment or royalties. The image of one Art Quilt will be chosen for use on a promotional postcard. In addition, this year a CD catalogue MAY be produced. During the exhibition, the Chandler Center for the Arts limits photography to the show organizer, media and artists taking photos of their own work(s).
5. Price/Value:  Statement declaring insurance value(s) and, if you want to sell your work(s), sale price(s). A fifty percent (50%) gallery commission will be charged on all sales, so remember to state retail prices that include that percentage.
6. Payment:  Fees can be paid either over the phone by debit or credit card by calling 480-782-2695, or by including a money order with your submission made payable to Chandler Center for the Arts. Once payment is made, a digital copy of your receipt will be e-mailed to you.
Entries (not the quilts) are due by 5:00 PM, Friday, August 23, 2013, either by email at or by delivery to:
By USPO: Vision Gallery, PO Box 4008, Chandler AZ 85244-4008
By FEDEX or UPS: Vision Gallery, 10 East Chicago Street, Chandler AZ 85225
A list of accepted artists will be posted on by Monday, September 2, 2013. Email correspondence to accepted artists will follow. Completed quilts accepted into the exhibition must be delivered by Saturday, October 19, 2012. For ease of installation, quilts must have top and bottom sleeves (if applicable) appropriate to their sizes. These sleeves should be at least large enough for 2 inch slats. If your piece has a hanging system other than a sleeve, please contact us prior to entering to ensure it will be compatible with the gallery’s hanging requirements. If including slats with your artwork, please have them labeled with artist name and artwork title. Quilts from local artists may be picked up at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ, on the day the show is taken down, or the week thereafter at Vision Gallery, 10 East Chicago Street, Chandler AZ 85225. Accepted artists will be notified of take-down date. Non-local works will be shipped; see Shipping/Delivery for details.
Quilt artists who want to share their art with a broad based arts audience are invited to enter. Two or more people may have collaborated on the pieces. The works must not have been previously displayed at the Chandler Center for the Arts or other downtown Chandler venue. Works should have been completed within the last three years.
Four $250 jury awards will be given to the Best of Show Juror’s award and the Viewer’s Choice award. Multiple Purchase awards will be offered by the Chandler Arts Commission for up to $10,000.00.
There is a non-refundable fee of $15 to enter up to 3 works. No entries will be considered without payment of this fee.
All delivery and shipping costs are the responsibility of the artist. To ensure your shipping and insurance needs are met when we ship your quilt(s) back to you, we ask you to include a FILLED OUT return-shipping form with pieces sent to Arizona for installation. This does not mean you must pay for shipping in advance. We are requesting you include a form with your shipping account number on it (this is NOT your credit card) so we can efficiently process shipping at the end of the show. Art must be received by Saturday, October 19, 2012. If you are new to shipping, the easiest way to do this is to go online and open a free account with FedEx. Postage stamps will NOT be accepted as payment for shipping. More detailed shipping information will be included in communication to accepted artists.
The rules listed are for U.S. artists. While shipping costs remain the responsibility of the artist, accepted international entries are handled on an individual basis to assure an efficient and cost-effective delivery system.
Works are insured while on display at the Chandler Center for the Arts for 50% of the retail price for the duration of the exhibition. All paperwork must designate whether an artwork is available for sale, or is listed as NFS (not for sale). All artworks must include insurance values regardless of how it is listed in the catalogue.
All artworks offered for sale are listed with a 50% commission. Sales are collected and paid within 30 days of receipt. All applicable sales tax are collected and paid during the sale.
Gallery hours are 10AM – 5 PM Monday – Friday and Saturday, Noon – 5 PM. In addition, Chandler Center for the Arts patrons can view the artworks before shows and during intermissions. Call 480-782-2695 for holiday hours.
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