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.
Fiberart International 2019 (FI2019) is the 23rd in a series of triennial juried exhibitions sponsored by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh. Featuring 56 artworks by 55 established and emerging fiber artists from eight countries and 43 states in the U.S., the exhibition will provide a unique insights into current trends and innovations in the constant evolving craft field of fiber. FI2019 presents viewers with art that explores the unexpected relationships between textile art and other creative disciplines. Drawing on a variety of visual languages and global points of view, ancient textile techniques are transformed into contemporary artworks that ask questions and challenge us to look at ourselves.
Fiberart International is 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.
FI2019 will be on view at two locations:
- Contemporary Craft (2100 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222)
- Brew House Association (711 South 21st Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203)
Official FI2019 exhibition opening reception will be held at both Contemporary Craft and Brew House Association on Friday, May 31, 2019, 5:30 – 8: 30 PM.
Selected Exhibiting Artists:
Sonya Clark’s work has been exhibited in over 350 museums and galleries nationally and internationally. She is the recipient of major awards, including a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship and an honorary Doctorate from Amherst College. Clark’s work is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., and the Musees d’Angers in France, among others.
Jane Sauer has more than 40 years of experience as a highly recognized professional in the American art/craft movement. Her pioneering wrapped basket form sculptures have exhibited internationally and in the collections of 24 museums in the US and abroad. A recipient of major grants, including two from the National Endowment for the Arts, Sauer has served on the Board of Trustees of the American Craft Council, Craft Emergency Fund, National Council for the School of Art, and numerous others.
Would you like a day of inspiration and conversation with the artists of Fiberart International 2019?
Fiberart Forum | Saturday, June 1, 2019 | 9 AM – 3:30 PM
$45 General Public; $40 Fiberarts Guild Member; $25 Student
Ticket price includes lunch and transportation from Contemporary Craft to Brew House Association
Fiberart Forum is a conference designed to encourage free-flowing dialogue between the FI2019 exhibiting artist and Forum attendees. The event will begin at Contemporary Craft in the morning with gallery talks with exhibiting artists, followed by a keynote lecture during lunch by Jane Sauer, one of the distinguished FI2019 jurors. Then the Forum continues to the Brew House Association via bus for the remainder of the afternoon.
Intro to Sculptural Beading | Sunday, June 2, 2019 | 10 AM – 5 PM
Instructor: Visiting Artist Beth Blankenship | Tuition: $145
Add sculptural beading to your art practice toolbox! In this visiting artist workshop led by FI2019 exhibiting artist Beth Blankenship, participants will learn the ins and outs of sculptural peyote stitch to give their beadwork a new dimension with just beads, thread, and tension.
FI2019 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, PA.