Calendar

Jan
18
Tue
2022
Lecture with Nnenna Okore @ Online
Jan 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

January 18, 2022 – 11 AM EST
Free program for members – $5 for non-members.
Registration required.

Nnenna Okore (born in Australia, 1975) is an artist who works both in Nigeria and the United States. Her largely abstract sculptures and installations have been shown in galleries and museums in and outside of the United States. She has won several international awards, including a Fulbright Scholar Award in 2012. Okore is currently a Professor of Art at North Park University in Chicago. The daughter of a professor and a librarian, she often examines her American identity versus her Nigerian identity and the contrasts between her homeland with that of the States. https://nnennaokore.com

Nnenna is one of Fiberart International 2022 jurors.

Jan
26
Wed
2022
ThrED talk with Patty Kennedy Zafred and Jamie Boyle @ Online
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

January 26, 2022 – 3 PM EST
Please register on the Registration Form.
Program for members only.

ThrED talks focus on technique, materials, technology, innovation, methods, and education in fiber.

Premiere  ThrED talks featuring members Patty Kennedy- Zafred and Jaime Boyle. In this January ThrED talk our speakers will each give a 15 -minute presentation and then there will be plenty of time to take questions and comments from the zoom audience, (no chat box questions). Moderator: Christine Manges, rug braiding artist. Please join us!

Patty Kennedy -Zafred a Guild member, currently has work included in “Food Justice, Growing a Healthier Community through Art” at Contemporary Craft, Lawrenceville, a solo exhibition at CC’s BNY Mellon Satellite Gallery, Pittsburgh, and work included in AAP’s 108th Annual at The Detective Building, East Liberty, and Printwork 2021, at Artists Image Resource, North Side. Patty will speak about how and why she uses both the silkscreen process and a variety of hand dyeing methods, like pole dyeing in her work.
Contemporary Craft Artist in Residence Jamie Boyle, artist and weaving instructor from Brooklyn, NY., recently moved to Pittsburgh and became a Guild member.  She is going to help us with in- person programs and ThrED talks this year. Jamie works with a variety of weaving techniques, including the ikat process. She will share with us why she weaves, how it serves her as an artist and what her favorite tools and materials are.

Send ThrED talks suggestions to Michelle at mlbatoast7@gmail.com.

ThrED Talks- Patty Kennedy Zafred and Jamie Boyle @ Online
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

January 26, 2022 – 3 PM EST
Please register on the Registration Form. Registration closes an hour before the event!
Program for members only.

ThrED talks focus on technique, materials, technology, innovation, methods, and education in fiber.

Premiere  ThrED talks featuring members Patty Kennedy- Zafred and Jaime Boyle. In this January ThrED talk our speakers will each give a 15 -minute presentation and then there will be plenty of time to take questions and comments from the zoom audience, (no chat box questions). Moderator: Christine Manges, rug braiding artist. Please join us!

Patty Kennedy -Zafred a Guild member, currently has work included in “Food Justice, Growing a Healthier Community through Art” at Contemporary Craft, Lawrenceville, a solo exhibition at CC’s BNY Mellon Satellite Gallery, Pittsburgh, and work included in AAP’s 108th Annual at The Detective Building, East Liberty, and Printwork 2021, at Artists Image Resource, North Side. Patty will speak about how and why she uses both the silkscreen process and a variety of hand dyeing methods, like pole dyeing in her work.
Contemporary Craft Artist in Residence Jamie Boyle, artist and weaving instructor from Brooklyn, NY., recently moved to Pittsburgh and became a Guild member.  She is going to help us with in- person programs and ThrED talks this year. Jamie works with a variety of weaving techniques, including the ikat process. She will share with us why she weaves, how it serves her as an artist and what her favorite tools and materials are.

Send ThrED talks suggestions to Michelle at mlbatoast7@gmail.com.

Feb
10
Thu
2022
Lecture with Greg Climer @ Online
Feb 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

February 10, 2022 – 1 PM EST
Free program for members – $5 for non-members.
Registration is required.

Greg Climer’s work focuses on how traditional crafts can be transformed by new technologies in a way that maintains the warmth and value of the handmade. His work focuses on his identity as a queer man and how craft can shape identity in the LGBT community.

In addition to his career as an artist, Greg Climer is the chair of the fashion program at California College of the Arts. He received his MFA in design+technology from Parsons School of Design. His textile work has been shown in the Museum of Art and Design (NYC), The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (NYC), The DeYoung Museum (San Francisco, CA), The Mint Museum of Art (Charlotte, NC), Muskegon Museum of Art (Muskegon, MI), and many galleries. He has also worked on the design teams for Victoria’s Secret Runway Show, Karl Lagerfeld, Imitation of Christ, John Bartlett, and on many Broadway shows and movies.
Greg was a selected artist in Fiberart International 2019.

Feb
15
Tue
2022
Show & Share- Online or in Person @ Contemporary Craft
Feb 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Show & Shares as well as Critiques will become hybrid. They will be both in Person at Contemporary Craft in Lawrenceville, 5645 Butler Street 15201 and also on Zoom. We will reevaluate monthly to see if we continue with this modality. Please pre-register so we can update you on any changes to the format.
You have a choice to be there:
IN PERSON if you are vaccinated, boostered and masked, or 10 days after you have recovered from Covid or
On Zoom.
What is the difference between a Show & Share and a Critique? You can attend both! You can attend even if you have no work to share.
Show & Share: for members who don’t want suggestions, they just want to show off, share what they are working on, and meet other Guild members.
Critique: for members who want constructive suggestions about their work to solve technical, aesthetic or presentation problems.

This is a fun way to stay connected and get inspired!!
Please join us!

Mar
10
Thu
2022
Critique- Online or in Person @ Contemporary Craft
Mar 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Show & Shares as well as Critiques will become hybrid. They will be both in Person at Contemporary Craft in Lawrenceville, 5645 Butler Street 15201 and also on Zoom. We will reevaluate monthly to see if we continue with this modality. Please pre-register so we can update you on any changes to the format.
You have a choice to be there:
IN PERSON if you are vaccinated, boostered and masked, or 10 days after you have recovered from Covid or
On Zoom.
What is the difference between a Show & Share and a Critique? You can attend both! You can attend even if you have no work to share.
Show & Share: for members who don’t want suggestions, they just want to show off, share what they are working on, and meet other Guild members.
Critique: for members who want constructive suggestions about their work to solve technical, aesthetic or presentation problems.

This is a fun way to stay connected and get inspired!!
Please join us!

Mar
16
Wed
2022
Lecture with Cynthia Lockhart @ Online
Mar 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

March 16, 2022 – 1 PM EST
Registration for this program is required.
Free program for members – $5.- for non-members.

Cynthia Lockhart’s fiber art is infused with a kaleidoscope of diverse influences such as:  nature, fashion, music, dance, travel, African and other cultural arts. Lockhart’s textiles are distinguished by their pulsating colors, which simulate the vivaciousness of her African ancestry, and by their irregular, organic shapes and circles. The artist’s textile creations, which push the boundaries of the traditional quilt form, are composed of colorful fabrics arranged in dynamic patterns. Her fashion and accessories design background provide the perfect platform for creating exquisite three-dimensional artwork.  Lockhart’s fiber art tells a story – one that encourages people to understand the diversity of people, cultures, and beauty in the world around them. As an award-winning international artist, she is an active contributor in the design arts community. As Emerita Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati, Professor Lockhart has lectured at conferences and museums throughout the United States, Japan, Italy and France. She is a member of the Women of Color Quilters Network. In 2021, Lockhart received the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.
Cynthia was a Fiberart International 2013 participant artist.

Apr
13
Wed
2022
Lecture with Judith Content @ Online
Apr 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

April 13, 2022 – 1 PM EST
Registration for this program is required.
Free program for members – $5.- for non-members.

Judith Content has been a full time studio artist for more than 40 years.  She graduated from San Francisco State University in 1979 with a BA in Fine Art with an Emphasis in Textiles. Her arashi-shibori dyed, discharged, pieced and quilted silk wall pieces have been exhibited nationally and internationally and included in major public, private and museum collections worldwide. Recent solo exhibitions include Shadow Dance (2020) at the Visions Museum of Textile Art in San Diego, CA, Evanescence at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA and Tansey Contemporary Gallery, Denver CO, 2019.

Content participated in the invitational 15th International Triennial of Tapestry at the Central Museum of Textiles in Ludz, Poland, 2016. The Texas Quilt Museum organized a retrospective exhibition of her work Intuitive Symmetry: Works on Silk in 2015. Judith has work touring in the SAQA exhibitions 3D EXPRESSIONS and Connections, and the Invitational SAQA exhibition. Layered and Stitched: 50 Years of Innovative Art.

Content was one of four featured artists in the Craft in America documentary series: QUILTS and participated in the accompanying exhibition at the Craft in America Center, Los Angeles, CA. (2020)

Museum collections include the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textile, The Museum of Art and Design in New York and the International Shibori Collection, Nagoya, Japan. Personal collections include, John Walsh, Maureen Hendricks, Del Thomas and Martha Sielman.

Judith has served as juror for Quilt National and Quilt Visions and is President Emerita of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) where she created and chaired the SAQA Exhibition Program. Key publications include Craft in America, Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists and Objects, Textiles: The Art of Mankind, and SILKby Mary Schoeser, Masters: Art Quilts I, by Martha Sielman, The Art Quilt by Robert Shaw and Memory on Cloth: Shibori Now, by Yoshiko I. Wada.

In addition to working with textiles, Content enthusiastically explores other creative tributaries including jewelry design, sculptural crochet, and ephemeral landart installations.

Judith Content

Apr
15
Fri
2022
Show & Share- Online or in Person @ Contemporary Craft
Apr 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Show & Shares as well as Critiques will become hybrid. They will be both in Person at Contemporary Craft in Lawrenceville, 5645 Butler Street 15201 and also on Zoom. We will reevaluate monthly to see if we continue with this modality. Please pre-register so we can update you on any changes to the format.
You have a choice to be there:
IN PERSON if you are vaccinated, boostered and masked, or 10 days after you have recovered from Covid or
On Zoom.
What is the difference between a Show & Share and a Critique? You can attend both! You can attend even if you have no work to share.
Show & Share: for members who don’t want suggestions, they just want to show off, share what they are working on, and meet other Guild members.
Critique: for members who want constructive suggestions about their work to solve technical, aesthetic or presentation problems.

This is a fun way to stay connected and get inspired!!
Please join us!

May
3
Tue
2022
Lecture with Wen Redmond @ Online
May 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

May 3, 2022 – 1PM EST
Registration for this program is required.
Free program for members – $5.- for non-members.

New England artist, Wen Redmond’s fascination with photography finds expression through printing manipulated original photographs directly onto various mixed media substrates, and specially treated natural fibers to create unique stitched photographic textural constructions. She calls this work, Digital Fiber.
Redmond continues to investigate the digital world but also imaginative presentations that add to the pioneering exploration of her media which gives her work edge. Each work is unique and created individually.
Redmond’s techniques can be further investigated in her latest publication, Digital Fiber Art and Other Mixed Media Masterpieces. She delights in creating dialogue, changing perspectives and perceptions of fiber.

Wen Redmond
May
12
Thu
2022
Critique- Online or in Person – copy @ Contemporary Craft
May 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Show & Shares as well as Critiques will become hybrid. They will be both in Person at Contemporary Craft in Lawrenceville, 5645 Butler Street 15201 and also on Zoom. We will reevaluate monthly to see if we continue with this modality. Please pre-register so we can update you on any changes to the format.
You have a choice to be there:
IN PERSON if you are vaccinated, boostered and masked, or 10 days after you have recovered from Covid or
On Zoom.
What is the difference between a Show & Share and a Critique? You can attend both! You can attend even if you have no work to share.
Show & Share: for members who don’t want suggestions, they just want to show off, share what they are working on, and meet other Guild members.
Critique: for members who want constructive suggestions about their work to solve technical, aesthetic or presentation problems.

This is a fun way to stay connected and get inspired!!
Please join us!

Jun
3
Fri
2022
Fiberart International 2022 Opening @ Brew House Association and Contemporary Craft
Jun 3 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Fiberart International 2022 Opening @ Brew House Association and Contemporary Craft

Fiberart International 2022 seeks to exhibit the best of contemporary art and invites submissions that ­­­reflect a wide range of works related to the fiber medium. The exhibition is recognized around the world as a benchmark that documents trends and innovations in the field. The goal of the exhibition is to include innovative work rooted in traditional fiber materials, structure, processes and history, as well as art that explores unexpected relationships between fiber and other creative disciplines.
FI2022 is produced by FIBERARTS GUILD OF PITTSBURGH, INC., a non-profit, member supported organization that promotes the appreciation of fiber art and fosters its creative development and continuance. Since 1967, the Fiberarts Guild has sponsored juried exhibitions that bring innovative contemporary works of art in fiber from around the world to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. FI2022 will feature works by established and emerging artists and will be open to the public from June 3 to August 20, 2022. The Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh is pleased to present this twenty-fourth exhibition.

Jun
4
Sat
2022
Fiberart International 2022 Forum @ Brew House Association and Contemporary Craft
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
A day of inspiration and conversation with the artists of Fiberart International 2022

A related conference open to the public featuring a lecture by Jessica Hemmings and gallery talks by exhibiting artists. It is a full day event from 9:00am until 3:30pm. The format for the Forum is informal, designed to encourage free-flowing dialogue between FI2022 artists and Forum attendees. We ask each participating artist to be available adjacent to their work to speak with Forum attendees and answer questions. We will began the morning at one of the galleries, then a break for lunch. During our lunch hour, Jessica Hemmings, one of our distinguished jurors, is our keynote speaker. Then the entire group proceeds via bus to the the other gallery for the remainder of the afternoon.

More Information coming soon!

Oct
6
Thu
2022
Membership Exhibition-Behind the Mask @ Latrobe Art Center
Oct 6 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm

A Juried Members’ Exhibition of the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh.

Where: Latrobe Art Center – 819 Ligonier Street, Latrobe, PA 15650
When: October 6th – November 2nd, 2022
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 6, 2022 – 6 to 8PM
Chairperson: Carolyn Carson: carolyncarson753@hotmail.com and Barb Kubala: hangarounds@verizon.net
Entry Deadline: August 1, 2022
Exhibition prospectus

Essentially, a mask conceals something from view. While we have spent the last two years literally wearing masks to protect ourselves and others, in a metaphorical sense all people ‘wear a mask’ to hide feelings, beliefs, thoughts, pains, behaviors, attitudes, desires and longings, a past, secret sides that few may know. As we move beyond the notion of masks for protection from a virus, let’s think about that ubiquitous mask in human nature. Let’s explore some of our hidden natures through our art work. Let’s explore desires of things we’d do if we could be masked and undetected. Would you rob a jewelry store or try out for “The Voice?” Let’s explore our secrets – the things we do that others do not know. Are you an expert sky diver, and no one knows? What’s behind your mask? Or, let’s explore the mask we ‘wear.’ How do we show ourselves to the world? What is it we do want people to see?

JUROR

James Arendt

An Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University, Jim Arendt received his BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design and his MFA from the University of South Carolina. He has participated in multiple residency programs including The Fields Project in Illinois, Arrowmont’s Tactility Forum, and From Waste to Art VI in Baku, Azerbaijan. He has also been invited to teach at Penland and Arrowmont.

The first prize winner in Fiberarts International 2019, Arendt was also short-listed for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art and a 2018 finalist for the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize at Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh. He has received the South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Artist Fellowship 2014 and his work received the $50,000 top prize at ArtFields 2013. His work was chosen for the 2013 Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Netherlands, and he has work included in the Arkansas Art Center’s permanent collection of contemporary craft.

Mr. Arendt has juried numerous local, regional, and national exhibitions in support of the arts across the country.