Fiberart International 2016 is the 22nd in a series of triennial juried exhibitions sponsored by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, Inc. Featuring works by established and emerging artists the exhibition provides a unique opportunity to see current trends and innovations in this constantly evolving medium. Recognized among fiber artists around the world as a benchmark exhibition, the Fiberart International highlights innovative work rooted in traditional fiber materials, structure, processes and history, as well as art, which explores unexpected relationships between fiber and other creative disciplines.
But what IS fiber art? Defined as artwork that is made of flexible, linear materials and/or constructed using textile techniques such as stitching, weaving, dying, and embroidering; fiber art may be two- or three dimensional and the materials used may be natural or man made. The featured artists in this exhibition have employed an astonishing variety of techniques and materials, often in a single work. Materials range from wool, linen, silk and paper, to hosiery, stainless steel, electric cords and false teeth.
A record breaking 79 artists and 81 works are included in the 2016 triennial, 18 of which reside outside the United States. Countries represented include Austria, Australia, Canada, Channel Islands, Chile, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, the Netherlands, Serbia, and the United Kingdom. The jurors also reflect the international aspect of the exhibition and include artist Chunghie Lee an internationally exhibited artist and lecturer from Seoul, Korea; Arturo Alonzo Sandoval a textile artist, curator, and professor teaching at the University of Kentucky, Louisville, KY; and Tali Wienberg an internationally known artist, writer, and curator based in Berkeley, CA. In selecting these works, the jurors chose works that were forceful and possessed a high degree of completeness that conveyed a mastery of the artists’ techniques.
We extend special thanks to the members of the Fiberarts Guild and the exhibiting artists for sharing their stories and these thought-provoking pieces. We encourage you to visit Pattern and Place: Art Quilts by Valerie Goodwin, a concurrent solo-exhibition of works by this Tallahassee artist at the Society for Contemporary Craft’s BNY Mellon Center Satellite Gallery (through July 4, 2016). Make a necklace at our Drop In Studio to experience the meditative flow of working with your hands.
FI2016 will be divided between two venues:
SOCIETY FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT
2100 Smallman Street
PITTSBURGH CENTER FOR THE ARTS
6300 Fifth Avenue
Learn more: fiberartinternational.org
Fiberart International 2016 is made possible by the Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative, the Colcom Foundation, The Fine Foundation, Friends of Fiberart International, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts and The Sprout Fund. Additional support is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, the Elizabeth R. Raphael Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Richard King Mellon Foundation and Windgate Charitable Foundation.