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Call for Entry • 2015 National Juried Show
The Show takes place on June 4 – 6, 2015 at the University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB.
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 4, 2015.
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.
• Original Design Realistic Pictorial Wall Quiltsdepict subject matter in an accurate and realistic manner and demonstrate personal expression and originality in design, colour and/or techniques.
• Original Design Abstract Pictorial Wall Quiltsdepict recognizable subject matter in an abstract manner and demonstrate personal expression and originality in design, colour and /or techniques.
• Original Design Nonrepresentational Wall Quiltshave no recognizable subject matter and demonstrate personal expression and originality in design, colour and/or techniques.
• Originally Interpreted Traditional Wall Quiltsmay be based on traditional-style piecing and/or appliqué, using blocks and/or patterns in the public domain or they may be totally original.
• Originally Interpreted Bed Quiltsare functional quilts to be used on a specific sized bed from crib to king. They 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.
• Traditional Wall and Bed Quilts from Patterns/Booksare based on traditional-style piecing and/or appliqué, made from published patterns or books. Permissions are required – see Additional Requirements below!
• Wall or Bed Quilts – Longarm/Midarm Quiltingmust be quilted by the entrant and must be predominantly by longarm/midarm machine, by free motion or custom quilting without computer assistance. If the maker of the top is a person other than entrant, and/or if the top is made from book/pattern, permissions are required – see Additional Requirements below! If the top was designed by a person other than entrant, the designer must be acknowledged.
• Original Wearable Artconsists of a garment or outfit constructed using quilting techniques, with some quilted areas.
• Original Modern Wall or Bed Quiltsdepict modern design and demonstrate personal expression and originality in the design, colour and/or techniques. Minimalism, asymmetry, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work are often a part of modern quilt compositions, as are improvisational piecing and solid fabrics.
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.
- Direct products from kits or workshops will NOT be accepted.
- Quilts from books/patterns, as well as longarm/midarm quilts where the top was not designed or made by the entrant, 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, 2013.
- Work must NOT have been shown in a Canadian national-level juried/judged quilting exhibition/competition prior to June 2015.
- 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 transportation costs.
- Incomplete entries that are not completed by February 4th, 2015 will be refused (see Entry Procedure).
- Work that is mounted or framed on stretcher bars must have the quilting visible on all sides. Clear instruction to assemble 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: full view and detail of quilting stitches.
- For all bed quilts, submit three (3) digital images: full view, detail of quilting stitches and quilt on an appropriately-sized bed.
- For wearable art, submit three (3) digital images: front view, back view and detail of quilting stitches with the garment photographed on a mannequin or a model not showing the face.
- Images must conform to guidelines laid out in Photography for the NJS.
- The Overall view of your work including all edges should fill the viewfinder 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.
Permissionsfor Traditional Wall and Bed Quilts from Patterns/Books, as well as for Wall or Bed Quilts – Longarm/Midarm Quilting where top was made by a person other than entrant and/or where the top was made from book/pattern:
Written permissionto use the pattern from both the designer and publisher is required as part of the entry. The written permission must also acknowledge that the designer/maker is aware that cash prizes are offered and whether or not the designer/maker waives her/his claim on the prize.
- Quilts must not exceed 436 inches in perimeter.
- With multiple authors, 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.
- 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.