Call for Entry • 2016 National Juried Show
The Show takes place on June 15—18, 2016 at The International Centre, Mississauga, ON.
To enter your artwork and qualify for over $50,000 in prizes offered by our Sponsors, please review the Requirements on this page, and then go to "Submit an Entry" page to fill in the online form.
The Show is open to all Canadian citizens and residents, as well as non-resident members of the CQA/ACC.
For an entry to be accepted, the online entry form must be filled in completely, including all the required photographs and documents. Once your entries are submitted, you will be prompted to proceed to our secure online payment page, where you will be required to pay a fee of $25.00 ($75.00 for non-members) plus tax for each entry.
In some cases, e.g., if photographs do not conform to requirements or if you experience issues with online payment, the entry will be accepted as incomplete and assigned a “pending” status. In such cases, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the entry process.
There is no limit on the number of entries. All entries must be received and completed – with no pending status – before noon EST on February 3, 2016.
Decisions of the jurors and judges are final; there is no appeal process. Entries will be selected based on the quality of the submitted digital images and accompanying Artist’s Statement. Submissions will be juried / judged according to the CQA/ACC Quilting Standards and Elements and Principles of Design.
Art – Abstract – Wall Quilts
Quilts must be abstract, cutting edge, non-literal original compositions with emphasis on color, line, and design.
Art – People, Critters – Wall Quilts
Quilts must be of original forms and compositions, illustrating some recognizable aspect of the human or animal form.
Art – Naturescapes, Pictorial – Wall Quilts
Quilts must be of original forms and compositions illustrating aspects of natural scenery, including land, sea, forests, mountains, deserts, gardens, flowers in natural surroundings or a recognizable image, such as objects, still life, wildlife, cityscapes, etc. Creatures and animals may be a component, but should not be the focus of the quilt.
Quilts from Patterns/Books/Workshops – Wall and Bed Quilts
Quilts may be based on modern or traditional-style piecing and/or appliqué, made from published patterns, books or workshops. Where the quilt top was made from a book or pattern: Written permission to use the pattern from each of the designer and publisher is required as part of the entry. For entries started in workshops, permission from both the designer and instructor is required. Written permission: see Additional Requirements below.
Traditional – Wall and Bed Quilts
Quilts may be based on traditional-style piecing and/or appliqué, using blocks and/or patterns in the public domain or they may be totally original.
Modern – Wall and Bed Quilts
Quilts depict modern design and demonstrate originality in the design, colour and/or techniques. Minimalism, asymmetry, negative space, and alternate grid work are often a part of modern quilt compositions, as are improvisational piecing and solid fabrics. The use of public domain patterns and blocks is permitted.
Guild Rosette Winners
Winners of a CQA/ACC Rosette at the local guild level in the previous two calendar years (2014, 2015) are eligible for this category. Quilts may be an original design or from patterns, books or workshops and are subject to the same jury process as all other NJS entries. Written permission: see Additional Requirements below.
Quilts must have overall patterns reflecting reduced scale and miniaturization. If blocks are used, they should be no larger than 4 inches square. Miniature wholecloth quilts should be entered in this category. Quilts must have a perimeter less than 96 inch total. Quilts may be based on traditional-style piecing and/or appliqué, using blocks and/or patterns in the public domain or they may be totally original.
The Jury Coordinator may contact the entrant to discuss an entry that may be in the wrong category and, with the entrant’s permission, may move the entry into another category.
- Credit must be given to the author, teacher, artist, etc. who inspired the work.
- Quilts from books/patterns/workshops must meet permission requirements. See Additional Requirements below.
- Acknowledgement must be given to anyone participating in the execution of the work.
- Work must have been completed after January 1, 2014.
- Quilts must not exceed 436 inches in perimeter.
- Work must NOT have been shown in a Canadian national-level juried/judged quilting exhibition/competition prior to June 2016.
- Entry is open to all Canadian residents, Canadian citizens, and CQA/ACC individual members. (If you are not a Canadian citizen or resident, you MUST be a CQA/ACC member to enter).
- Artists submitting works from outside of Canada will be responsible for all customs arrangements and all transportation costs.
- Incomplete entries that are not completed by February 3rd, 2016 will be refused (see Entry Procedure).
- All entries including work that is mounted or framed on stretcher bars must have the quilting visible on all sides. Clear instruction to assemble frame must be included with the work. Additional charges will be applied to return the frame. Work behind glass will not be accepted.
- If an innovative wall quilt requires a second sleeve to assure hanging properly, an expandable curtain rod is recommended.
- By completing the NJS Call for Entry you are agreeing to allow your work to be displayed for the duration of the NJS. If your work is accepted into the NJS and then is not available for the exhibit, subsequent entries from you will not be considered for two consecutive National Juried Shows.
- Accepted works that differ from digital photos submitted with entry or do not meet CQA/ACC Quilting Standards and Elements and Principles of Design will not be hung.
- For all wall quilts, submit two (2) digital images: a full view and a detail of quilting stitches.
- For all bed quilts, submit three (3) digital images: a full view, a detail of quilting stitches and the quilt on an appropriately-sized bed.
- Images must conform to guidelines laid out in Photography for the NJS.
- The full view image should show your work including all edges and be taken straight on.
- Eliminate distracting background clutter.
- Ensure that the quilt lays flat and the shape is not distorted.
- Images must be free from textual or other information revealing provenance and authorship of the work.
- The quilting stitches must show clearly in the detail image.
- Images must be in JPEG format, 3 Mpx (e.g., 2000px by 1500px – approx. 1.5MB) or larger.
- If your Internet connection is slow, avoid image files larger than 1.5 MB.
Where the quilt top was made from a book or pattern, written permission to use the pattern from each of the designer and publisher is required as part of the entry. For entries started in workshops, permission from both the designer and instructor is required. Written permission must accompany entries of works strongly resembling the work of another artist. The written permission must also acknowledge that the designer/instructor is aware that cash prizes are offered and whether or not the designer/instructor waives her/his claim on the prize.
Choose one person to enter the work as the ‘artist,’ and provide other authors’ information in the space provided. To qualify as a
Group Quilt, the entry must have 3 or more authors.
Quilts for Sale
If you take advantage of the option to sell your quilt at Quilt Canada, please note that, as is normally the case in venues that sell artwork, CQA/ACC will retain 20% of the sale price. Please take this into consideration when determining the price for your quilt.