American Tapestry Biennial 13

JANUARY 27th – MARCH 27th

Highfield Hall opens 2021 with the American Tapestry Biennial 13, an installation featuring 35 tapestries from around the world. This will be Highfield’s first exhibition showcasing the international juried show featuring the finest contemporary tapestry weaving. 

The prestigious American Tapestry Alliance works to foster awareness and appreciation for tapestries of superior quality, designed and woven by individual artists, and educate the public about the history and techniques of tapestry weaving. Tapestry reaches back to antiquity and for centuries was the only weaving technique that could produce pictorial and figurative imagery. Tapestry weaving was employed throughout the world and through nearly every culture. In Europe, tapestry was considered the highest and finest of the arts, enjoying royal and ecclesiastic patronage from the Middle Ages through Renaissance period.

ATB13 juror, Nick DeFord from Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, selected thirty-seven tapestries from 197 entries, the final selection is representative of artists from ten countries. The exhibition will take place in galleries on both floors of the house, enhancing an intimate, residential-style installation. An accompanying exhibition catalog will be available for purchase.

“Among all the works submitted, there were certain themes that were prevalent among the content and imagery. A strong conceptual thread among the submitted works was that of omens, dreams, and/or prophecies. Many of the accepted works represent this theme, particularly in surrealist or fanciful imagery.” – Nick DeFord

Come see this winter exhibition before it travels to the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles!

ATB 13 Co-Chairs: Ama Wertz & David Heustess

List of Artists:

Don Burns
Vinalhaven, Maine
Martha Christian
Nashville, Tennessee
Jean Corder Clarke
Sligo, Ireland
Gabriela Cristu Sgarbura
Bucharest, Romania
Ariadna Donner
Iivantiira, Finland
Bernard Foucher, Lurdes Branquinho, Helena Figueiredo, Gisela Ladeira, Joaquina Marques, Carla Tavares
France and Portugal
Heather Gallegos-Rex
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Joan Griffin
Charlottesville, Virginia
Janette Gross
Santa Cruz, California
Birgitta Hallberg
Copenhagen, Denmark
Louise Halsey
Ozark, Arkansas
Mette Hansen
Aarup, Denmark
Barbara Heller
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
Stephanie T. Hoppe
Ukiah, California
Susan Iverson
Montpelier, Virginia
Ruth Jones
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
Karen King
Calgary, Canada
Lis Korsgren
Uppsala, Sweden
Lialia Kuchma
Chicago, Illinois
Tal Landeau
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Margo Macdonald
Vaughn, Washington
Marni Martin
Huntsville, Ontario, Canada
Sonja Miremont
Petaluma, California
Julia Mitchell
Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
Patricia Nelson
Tahoma, California
Judy Ann Ness
Eugene, Oregon
Suzanne Paquette
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Christine Pradel-Lien
Angers, France
Michael F. Rohde
Thousand Oaks, California
Tommye McClure Scanlin
Dahlonega, Georgia
Kathe Todd-Hooker
Albany, Oregon
Alta Turner
New Baltimore, New York
Dorothea Van De Winkel
East Flanders, Belgium
Sue Weil
San Rafael, California
Patricia Q. Williams
Decatur, Georgia

The American Tapestry Alliance is a not-for-profit, member-supported organization seeking to exhibit the best of contemporary tapestry. Since 1986, ATA has sponsored a biennial, juried exhibition. ATA invites submissions from tapestry artists around the world. The intention of this show is to include not only artists who work within more traditional definitions of tapestry, but also those artists whose work expands upon the core principles of the medium as it explores new techniques and processes. This is the only ATA show that accepts larger tapestries and so this is often a very exciting exhibition to experience in person.