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The McLean Textile Gallery: regional call for wall-hung fiber art; solo or group exhibitions

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The McLean Textile Gallery announces a new opportunity to showcase wall-hung fiber art in the Washington, DC metro area. Solo and group shows are eligible.

The McLean Textile Gallery, located in downtown McLean, Virginia, is excited to display the best of fiber art that can be hung on the wall. Quilting, weaving, felting, knitting, silk painting... We would like to showcase the best of what fiber artists can create! Work from one artist, or self-selected group of artists, will be exhibited during each four-week long show. A group may be 2 or more artists, submitting a single application.


The selected artists/groups will be required to pay a fee of $100 per exhibition. We are keeping the entry fee low for this reason. No commission will be taken for sales. Artworks will be insured by the Gallery during the exhibition.


This call is open for exhibitions during 2021. Scheduling of the exhibitions is the final decision of the Gallery, but every attempt will be made to be mutually agreeable to the artist's preference.


The artist(s) must live within driving distance of McLean, Virginia, to install and deinstall the artwork, with the assistance of Gallery staff.


The wall space is 104” high. One wall has windows. Total wall width is approximately 800 inches. The exhibition must adequately fill at least three walls (approximately 700 inches), with the artwork appropriately spaced. Artwork must be ready for display on the Gallery's STAS Zipper hooks wall display system.


The McLean Textile Gallery will follow Virginia's Covid-19 requirements for visitors at the Gallery. A walk-through with the artist(s) will be posted on the Gallery's YouTube channel, plus the Gallery will provide other publicity and outreach for each show. The owner of the Gallery, Nancy Preston, has been a member of the business community in Fairfax County since 1987. Her extensive clientele list will be a part of the PR for the Textile Gallery.


The Gallery requests that family-friendly, non-political work be exhibited. Contact us before applying, if you are unsure your work fits the guidelines.

The application will require: 

  • Resume (2 pages maximum)
  • Artist statement about your body of work, limited to 400 words. Statement should include your explanation of your body of work, and what you would like to display if you are selected. 
  • Images of ten samples of your work. The images should be representative of your work, and need not be the pieces exhibited if your entry is selected. Uploaded images should be no smaller than 800 pixels on a side and up to maximum of 2800 pixels. We require at least one additional view or detail for each work, up to three.
  • Dimensions, materials, and techniques are also needed for each artwork. 



Eileen Doughty founded Doughty Designs in 1991 and has been creating commissioned work in the textile medium ever since, particularly thread sculptures. Her work is in private, public and corporate collections, and has been exhibited on five continents. She is a docent for the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery. 

Cindy Grisdela is an artist, teacher, and author of Artful Improv: Explore Color Recipes, Building Blocks & Free Motion Quilting. She specializes in improvisational quilt designs and dense free motion quilting, and she travels extensively all over the country teaching and lecturing to guilds and groups. Her work is in public and private collections nationwide.


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