I’m looking at the things on my list of goals for 2007 and organizing a list of all the possible art quilt shows I could enter this year. I don’t want to just throw out a bunch of entries (and money) and see where it lands. I’d rather just enter a few, appropriate shows (and see what happens). I was thinking this morning that I don’t even have clear goals as to why I want to enter shows — it just seems like the thing to do.
Do I want to get my name out there to garner more teaching jobs? That’s not my priority. I enjoy the little bit of teaching that I do, but I don’t think I have found that thing which is uniquely me that I have to offer the world as a teacher.
Do I want the big prize money? Sure, who doesn’t? But it’s not a realistic goal. My quilts don’t have the meticulous piecing, teeny pieces, or over-the-top quilting to win in traditional shows, nor do they have enough grey and orange to get into the art shows.
Do I want to flesh out my resumé? That’s probably it. That would help next time I decide to shop around for a gallery, would add value to quilts for sale, and couldn’t hurt on the teaching front.
OK, so now I need some help choosing resumé-building shows to try to get accepted into. The obvious ones would be Quilt Visions and Quilt National. Those are at least a year off, and quite lofty goals. Something to tackle a little later.
On my list of posiblities now are:
Tactile Architecture (if I finish any AQT-inspired house quilt)s))
From The Heart European Quilts
Festival of Quilts, England (I had issues with their process last year, but I’d stay more on top of it this time around and my quilts would be in interesting company)
AQS Nashville’s On The Wall Contest
Art Quilts Lowell (I don’t know much about this one, but it’s call for entries was in Quilting Arts, if that means anything?)
Art Quilts at the Sedgwick I think I’ve heard good things about this show
European Art Quilts V I was impressed with the entries in the last show, and flattered that I was sent preliminary info–this would be another lofty goal…
European Quilt Triennial I wasn’t confident this time around, but after seeing the show, I think it is within my grasp. Of course, I’d have to still be here in Germany in three years!
Pacific International Quilt Fest As a Californian at heart, I find myself drawn to this show
World Quilt Show I did well last year, and I’ve connected to a few German quilt artists through this, so I think I’d be willing to do it again
Form Not Function obviously not this year, but maybe next time around?
So, any sage advice from other artist/quilters out there? Anyone think that any of the shows here are obvious wastes of time/money? Am I missing something good somewhere else? So far, I am not really feeling excited about any of them. Probably because I have nothing new on my walls here, and I want to make something with depth, so that’s scaring me a bit. I’m at kind of a loss as to where to start. But that’s a conversation for another day.