Fiberart International 2019

May 10 - August 23, 2019 in the Main Gallery

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 artworks by established and emerging fiber artists from the United States and abroad, the exhibition will provide a unique insights into current trends and innovations in the constant evolving craft field of fiber.

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 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.

Jurors for FI2019:

Sonya Clark is an internationally known artist. She has been the Chair of the Craft and Materials Studies Department of Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond from 2006 to 2017. Clark is the recipient of several major awards including a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship and Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship in Italy. Her work is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., Musees d’Angers in France, among others.

Michael Olijnyk is the Executive Director of the Mattress Factory, replacing the late founder Barbara Luderowski. He was Co-Director for 41 years and has been Curator of Exhibitions since 1979. He has worked with over 750 artists since 1982 and is responsible for the Mattress Factory’s artistic program. He studied sculpture and design at Carnegie Mellon University and has exhibited work throughout the U.S.

Jane Sauer is an internationally known artist and curator. Her work is in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., the Museum of Art and Design, New York and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  She was the owner of Thirteen Moons, which became Jane Sauer Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She now lives in St. Louis.