Membership Exhibition-Behind the Mask

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: and Barb Kubala:
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?


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.

Fiberart Forum 2022

Saturday June 4th and Sunday June 5th, 2022

A related conference open to the public. This year the Fiberart Forum will extend to two days and take place in person and online. Participants have the option of attending either one or both.
The In-Person Forum on June 4, 2022 includes presentations by attending artists, keynote lecture, lunch and transportation between exhibition venues.
The Online Forum includes the live broadcast of the keynote lecture on Saturday June 4, 2022 and the Online artists’ presentations on Sunday June 5, 2022.

Saturday, June 4, 2022- In Person
The in-person session of the Forum features a lecture and gallery presentations by exhibiting artists. It is a full day event from 9:00am until 3:30pm. The format is informal, designed to encourage free-flowing dialogue between FI2022 attending 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 begin the morning at the Brew House Association, 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 Contemporary Craft for the remainder of the afternoon.

Sunday, June 5, 2022 – Online
For the online session we will give an opportunity to those artists who are not attending in person to make their presentations at a Fiberart Forum Online. The format will be similar to the in-person Forum. Artists will be grouped in several sessions to speak about their work and answer questions for about 10 minutes. It will begin at 12PM ET and last until 2:00PM ET with a short intermission. This is the first time we are trying this format, so we are very excited about the possibilities and still solidifying the details.
Online Forum attendees will also have access to the live broadcast of Jessica Hemmings lecture on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at lunchtime ET.

Fiberart International 2022 Opening

Fiberart International 2022

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.

Critique- Online or in Person

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, boosted 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!!

Lecture with Wen Redmond

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.