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

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.