2016 Symposium Call For EXHIBITIONS

Savannah, Georgia, October 19th – 23rd, 2016

Textile Society of America’s 15th Biennial Symposium

Organized in collaboration with Savannah College of Art and Design.


Submission process opens: May 1, 2015

Abstract Submission Deadline: October 1, 2015

Notification of Acceptance to Presenters and 1st round exhibition proposals (via email): December 15, 2015

Deadline for presenters to submit need-based fee-waiver applications: January 7, 2016

Deadline for 2nd round exhibition proposals: February 12, 2016

Notification of Acceptance of 2nd round exhibition proposals: March 15, 2016

Deadline to Confirm Participation: March15th, 2016

Registration Opens: May 16th, 2016

Deadline for Presenters to Register: June 15th, 2016

*For details about the theme & submission guidelines, please view the general 2016 Call for Submissions

Exhibition Proposals

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Organizers (artists / curators) are encouraged to submit proposals for group exhibitions that focus on the theme, Crosscurrents: Land, Labor and the Port as outlined in the Call for Papers. Proposals may be for exhibitions of contemporary work, ethnographic, and/or historical textiles or a combination. Contemporary textile art is widely defined to include 2D, 3D, site-specific installation, video, and performance-based work. Indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces are available.

Eligibility is the same as for other submission categories. The exhibition organizers must be TSA members at the time of submission and proposals will be blind juried by a panel of peers. If accepted, it is understood that the organizer(s) will register and participate in the 2016 Symposium. Organizers are also encouraged to coordinate a panel discussion of exhibiting artists, academic papers, or a roundtable. Where appropriate, these sessions may be held in the space of the exhibition.

Submissions will be handled in two parts. First the organizer(s) submit a project description with images. Submissions that are selected will be sent details of the potential exhibition space including architectural plans. In the second phase, organizers will work to formalize the project through drawings/layout and expanded project proposal. The exhibition spaces vary in size and type of facilities available (i.e. height of ceilings, natural light, installation assistance, museum quality lighting and environmental controls).

To ensure safe handling of materials and quality of display, all formalized (2nd stage) project proposals must be approved by the exhibition committee in conjunction with the staff at the exhibiting location. The exhibition coordinator will act as a facilitator between organizer(s) and exhibition venues. Each venue will work with the exhibition organizer(s) to work out the details of a site specific contract and the insurance of artworks while on site (TSA will not provide shipping, insurance for art works, or artist fees).

TSA will provide a listing & map of all participating exhibitions and venues and will publicize the exhibitions.

Shipping of work will be at the expense of the artist and or organizers(s). Organizers proposing site- specific work and those requiring special handling are expected to be on-site for installation. Proposals requiring engineer documents must be handled by the submitting body and approved by the exhibition location. We encourage exhibition organizers to apply for outside funding to support installation, shipping, and artist participation. TSA offers financial assistance to Symposium attendees through a competitive fee-waiver application (details online). If additional opportunities for exhibition-related funds become available we will let exhibition organizers know.

Academic Program Co-Chairs: 

Jessica Smith, Professor of Fibers, Savannah College of Art and Design (

Susan Falls, Professor of Anthropology, Savannah College of Art and Design (