Lecture with fiber artist Sandra Sider

January 19, 2021 – 3 PM EST
Please register on the Registration Form.
Free program for members – $5.- for non-members.

Sandra Sider, a New York quilt artist since the early 1980s, has led critique workshops since 2005. She holds an M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Sandra has served as president of SAQA, and today she is Editor of Art Quilt Quarterly and Curator of the Texas Quilt Museum. She has written or edited more than a dozen books concerning contemporary quilt art, including Art Quilts Unfolding: Fifty Years of Innovation and Exploring Your Artistic Voice in Contemporary Quilt Art.  As of 2020, she is designing fabric lines for Benartex, beginning with “Votes for Women.” www.sandrasider.com

For the January lecture, Dr. Sandra Sider invited all Guild members to submit an image of their work to explain the curatorial process often used in forming a fiber art exhibition.  How is your work viewed in the selection process, and what are the important key factors?    This is NOT a critique, but rather an educational, fun exercise, to watch a highly experienced curator, make decisions, step by step.  Join in the fun, and see the results in January!
“Fiber Art in a Curatorial Framework” presented by Sandra Sider, will begin with a 20-minute slide lecture in which Dr. Sider discusses how works selected can be viewed for exhibition purposes, ending with an “exhibition” displaying the pieces. She will then summarize the main points concerning the creative process in her new book, Exploring Your Artistic Voice in Contemporary Quilt Art, encouraging questions about any of the topics discussed.

Lecture with fiber artist Kirstie Macleod- Red Dress Project

Kristie Macleod lecture announcement

December December 14, 2020 – 11 AM EST
Please register on the Registration Form.
Free program for members – $5.- for non-members.

Exploring issues of identity, the subconscious and the passage of time my work seeks to articulate specific events and interactions through a kaleidoscopic, emotion led vision. The ‘circle’, and textile processes, specifically embroidery feature at the heart of my practice, although often in unusual ways.
I am fascinated with its diversity and potential as a means of communication (or subversion), its history and practice throughout the world both as an art form and in daily life, and the repetitive, meditative and healing effects experienced through its creation.
With a background in Textiles, Visual Language and theatrical based disciplines, the works form a diverse portfolio comprising embroidery, painting, photography, drawing and installation.

The Red Dress Project, conceived by British artist Kirstie Macleod, provides an artistic platform for women around the world, many of whom are marginalized and live in poverty, to tell their personal stories through embroidery.
During 11 years, from 2009 to 2020, the Red Dress travelled the globe, being continuously embroidered. It has been embroidered on by 200 women and 2 men, from 28 countries, with all artisans paid for their work. Embroiderers include women refugees in Palestine; victims of civil war in Kosovo, Rwanda, and DR Congo; impoverished women in South Africa, Mexico, and Egypt; women in Kenya, Japan, Paris, Sweden, Peru, Czech Republic, Dubai, Afghanistan, Australia, Argentina, Switzerland, Canada, Tobago, USA, Russia, Pakistan, Wales, Colombia, and the UK, as well as upmarket embroidery studios in India and Saudi Arabia.


Kirstie Macleod

Out of the Funk

Membership Exhibition

Where: Irma Freeman Center for Imagination located 5006 Penn Ave • Pittsburgh 15224
When: May 7 – May 23, 2021
Exhibition co-chairs: Jeanette McCabe and Coleen Rush – contact them at exhibitionsFGP@gmail.com
Juror: Bruce Hoffman
Deadline for entry: March 10, 2021

In light of everything that has taken place in our country and the world in 2020, this exhibit will explore the roads toward redemption and possibilities. How does one adapt in a world where our old “normal” has changed to a new “normal”? How does one cope and persist, transforming that which is difficult, challenging, and uncertain into something positive and promising?
How do we tap into our creativity when worries and fears block it? What is our personal story, what does it look like, and how does it relate to everything going on around us? Where do we see the story taking us, and where will our journey go?

Juror: Bruce Hoffman

Bruce Hoffman is Director of Gravers Lane Gallery in Philadelphia. He has been working in the field of studio crafts for more than three decades. During these years he has taught at Moore College of Art and Design, lectured and been a guest critic for many colleges, and has had the honor to jury shows for many fine museums, guilds, and art centers across the country.
Fiber and textile-centric art has been a main focus. Along with five friends, Bruce created and curated Fiber Philadelphia 2012. This four-month event showcased 61exhibits of fiber throughout the city. Bruce has a historical understanding of studio crafts as well as an appreciation of artists’ work and process. This guides his curatorial choices while enjoying the visceral delight of material, color, form, and texture.


  • Exhibition Dates: May 7 – May 23, 2021 – Gallery hours: TBD
  • Entry deadline: March 10, 2021
  • Notification: April 6, 2021 (via email)
  • Receipt of shipped work: April 30, 2021
    For shipping information contact: exhibitionsfgp@gmail.com
  • Artwork drop-off: May 2 / 1pm – 4pm Irma Freeman Center for Imagination
  • Family and Friends Opening: May 6 / 4, 2021 – 7pm
  • First Friday opening: May 7, 2021 / 6:30 – 9:30pm
  • Artist talk and art pickup: May 23, 2021 / 1 – 5pm

Entry requirements

  • Current Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh Members may enter.
  • All work must be either fiber in content or executed in a fiber technique.
  • Work must be original and completed in the last year. Also, work cannot have been exhibited within a 50-mile radius of Pittsburgh.
  • Entries must be ready to securely hang or install.
  • Work that is 3 dimensional can be secured to the wall or displayed on pedestals. Pedestals will be temporarily moved during gallery community events. All best efforts will be made to keep works safe.
  • No floor space is available for installations due to community use of the center.


  • Work will be selected from digital image submissions.
  • Selection will be based on the overall quality of the work and its compliance with the entry requirements. Accepted work will be subject to final approval by the juror’s representative. Work, which differs significantly from the image representing it, will not be included.
  • An artist’s statement (approx. 100 words) will be requested from accepted artists for inclusion in the catalog.

Image Requirements

  • Artists may submit up to three works, represented by two images: one full view and one detail. (For sculptural work, please provide an additional full view.)
  • Framed artwork must include the frame in the digital image.
  • Work framed under glass must be photographed without glass, but noted that it will be displayed with glass.
  • Submitted JPG images must be properly lighted, focused, on a neutral background, and show the edge of the artwork. High quality, high resolution digital images should be at least 2000 pixels on the longest side and must be under 3MB.
  • Filename for each JPG must be as follows: artist’s last name and first initial, entry number (1, 2, 3), keyword(s) from title (1or 2 words only) and view (full or detail) for each image.
    For example

Submission and Fees

  • Submissions will be accepted through the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh website: https://fiberarts.org/categories/exhibitions until the deadline of March 10, 2021.
  • $30 non-refundable entry fee for up to three entries.
  • PayPal is available on our website, or make check payable to the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh and send to:
    Fiberarts Guild – Treasurer
    P.O. Box 9211
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
  • Keep in mind when pricing your artwork, the gallery is not collecting a commission on sold artwork.

Insurance Statement

Irma Freeman Center for Imagination has general liability insurance but does not insure any artwork. Artists should consider obtaining their own insurance coverage if they deem necessary. A condition report must be completed by each artist for each piece of work exhibited.