Wednesday, January 22, 2014

American Tapestry Biennial 10

I had some great news recently. I submitted my newest tapestry to the American Tapestry Biennial 10 and it was accepted. Juror Dr. Jessica Hemmings, Professor of Visual Culture and Head of the Faculty of Visual Culture at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin, chose 37 tapestries out of 230 from 118 submitting artists. I feel quite lucky to be on the accepted list. I actually found out quite awhile ago since I am one of the co-chairs for this particular show. It was rather difficult for me to keep that secret for a number of weeks. I have learned a great deal from volunteering for ATA. The most valuable lesson is that if you don't get into a juried show, it isn't necessarily a statement about your work. It is quite possible that your work just didn't fit into the juror's vision for this particular body of work or show. Next time it just might.

The complete list of accepted artists can be found on the American Tapestry Alliance's website HERE.

The show will be at three venues.

Visions Art Museum
San Diego, CA
May 2 – July 20, 2014
Opening reception: May 10

Kent State University Museum
Kent, Ohio
September 25, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Omaha, Nebraska
February 6 – April 24, 2015

Rebecca Mezoff, Emergence VII, 44 x 44 inches, hand-dyed wool tapestry

Here is another tapestry artist's experience with being accepted to this show along with a photo of her beautiful piece. Link: Tommye Scanlin.

I am 2 for 3 on ATB shows (I entered work for consideration into ATB 8, 9, and 10. I got into ATB 8 and 10). At this point I think a 50% acceptance rate would be phenomenal, so I completely expect to not get into ATB11. I'm just planning ahead. You can't be too careful.


  1. Only about a year ago, in a paroxysm of self criticism, it occurred to me that in National League Baseball batting .300 is considered to be excellent performance. Batting .400 is thought to be nearly unattainable; Ty Cobb is still the player with the highest ever career batting average at .366. Thinking about this, it's a lot easier to keep success and failure, acceptance and rejection in perspective! Two for three or maybe fifty percent? Freakin' miracle, lol!

    1. So true! What a great perspective. I do think 2 for 3 is a freakin' miracle and so am counting on not getting into the next one already. If I do, maybe I should see if I can get a crown or a sainthood. :)

  2. Congratulations Rebecca. You do great work. A crown? :) Gee, I thought I saw an outline of that on your picture already. I know I am in love with your colors.


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