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Art Quilt Elements 2016

Online Registration

May 1, 2015 to October 5, 2015

Wayne Art Center presents Art Quilt Elements 2016 – International Call for Entries

On-line Submissions ONLY
Saturday, May 1 – Monday, September 30, 2015.
Extended Deadline October 5, 2015

Thank you for your interest in entering the Art Quilt Elements 2016 exhibit.

International applications are encouraged and welcomed.

The exhibition dates are March 18 to April 28, 2016 and will be held at the Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne. PA 19087.

AQE 2016 is the 12th exhibition of this internationally acclaimed show set in suburban Philadelphia. “One of the distinctions of our show is our professional presentation of art quilts. The exhibition has been widely praised by reviewers and artists not only for exhibiting the quilts in our gallery settings but also for promoting the art quilt as an art form” stated Nancy Campbell, Executive Director of the Wayne Art Center.

The Juror

We are privileged to have Bruce W. Pepich, Executive Director and Curator of Collections, Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconsin jury the 2016 Art Quilt Elements submissions and select the exhibition awards.

Pepich earned a BA in art history from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois in 1974. Later that year he was hired as a Project Manager at the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, and became its director in 1980. Since then, Pepich has grown the museum into a two-site institution, raising more than 10 million dollars in a capital campaign to open the Racine Art Museum (RAM), an off-shoot of Wustum, with an award-winning new building in downtown Racine.

In addition to organizing groundbreaking exhibitions and publications, under his leadership, RAM has expanded its craft collection to be one of the largest in the country that includes seminal works like Toshiko Takaezu’s Star Series. Pepich has received the Ann Koski Professional Excellence Award from the Wisconsin Federation of Museums (2010), the Governor’s Award in Support of the Arts from the Wisconsin Foundation for the Arts and Governor Jim Doyle of the State of Wisconsin (2010), and the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award from the Museum of Wisconsin Art, Wisconsin Visual Arts, and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters (2011).

Pepich will judge the work based on its technique, design, originality and craftsmanship.


Work submitted must be innovative and original in design. Work derivative of other quilt artists or work created in a workshop with the collaboration of an instructor is not acceptable.

Work must be a personal expression of the artist’s intent.

Quilts submitted must have been completed after January 1, 2013.

If this quilt is framed, that information and the finished size including the frame must be listed on the application.

There is no size restriction for 2016.

A hanging device or bar MUST be included when shipping the quilt to Wayne Art Center. If the hanging device is not included with the artwork, the artist will be charged $25 in order to prepare a new device to properly install the work.

The artist contact email provided on the on-line application must remain active during the submission and exhibition process. The artist is responsible for checking their email for acceptance and/or decline and other information regarding the Art Quilt Elements 2016 exhibition.

Art quilts must be available FOR SALE.

Sale price that is noted on the on-line application is the FINAL price if the quilt is accepted into the 2016 exhibition.

We reserve the right to omit from the exhibition accepted quilts that differ dramatically from what is represented by the digital image submitted.


It is important to provide professional high quality images.

Artists must supply digital images of at least 2100 pixels on the longest side to be included in the E-catalog.

Each artwork requires two images: one overview image and one detail image.

No slide entries will be accepted.

Calendar of Events

September 30, 2015 – Deadline for on-line application submission, $45 fee.
October 5, 2015 – Late Deadline for on-line application submission, $65 fee.
October 12, 2015 – Jurying of Applications.
October 26, 2015 – Notification of Accepted and Declined Work.
November 16, 2015 – Deadline for return of Artist Loan Agreement.
February 2016 – Distribution of Artist Information Packets.
March 4, 2016 – Deadline for receipt of all quilt work at Wayne Art Center.
March 18, 2016- AQE Artist Opening Reception
April 28, 2016 – AQE 2016Exhibition Closes.
May 9, 2016 – Quilts returned to artists.


Our effort to cultivate organizations that acknowledge artists in various disciplines is ongoing. We are very pleased to announce that the Wayne Art Center will be offering $3,000 + cash in awards. The awards will be given from individuals and various organizations to artists participating in the 2016 AQE Exhibition.

Entry and Exhibition Fees

The entry fee is $45 for up to three quilts.
Late application entry fee is $65 for up to three quilts.
Please pay using Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, or personal check for US entries only. Your application will not be finalized until the entry fee has been paid.

Shipping to and from Wayne Art Center

If your work is selected for AQE 2016, you are financially responsible for shipping to and from the Wayne Art Center and in-transit insurance of your work. Your shipment MUST also include a pre-paid UPS or FEDEX return shipping label or your Pay Pal account or your credit card information which will be charged when artwork is ready to be returned shipped. Otherwise, provide a credit card #, expiration and name as it appears on the card for return shipping payment. DO NOT include stamps, foreign country checks or cash as a method of shipping payment.

For internationally accepted work, please review your country’s shipping and custom regulations and the best way for US Customs to receive your work. Regulations and rules change frequently and can cause artwork to be held up in Customs or returned to the artist.


The Wayne Art Center (WAC) will insure all artwork upon receipt and for the duration of the exhibition in the Davenport and Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Galleries. In the event of transit damage, the artist will be required to settle claims directly with your shipping carrier.

Sales and Commission

All quilt artwork must be for sale to be included in the Art Quilt Elements 2016 exhibition, and the sale price must be listed on the entry application. Please be aware that on-line submitted artwork prices CANNOT be changed. NOT FOR SALE quilts will be disqualified from the submission process.

WAC will retain 40% commission of work sold during the exhibition dates or on any sale that results from mediation by the WAC staff (Buyer must also pay 6% sales tax). Artists will receive 60% of the final selling price and payment will be mailed 4-6 weeks after the close of the exhibition.

Instructions for On-line Submission

Once the on-line application process begins you cannot return to the previous screen, so please have all required information and images prepared in advance. Here is a checklist before beginning the on-line registration process:

Title (type exactly as the words, numbers and symbols should appear in the E-catalog)

Quilt Dimensions (width and height and depth – where applicable)

Quilt Dimensions if framed

Artist Statement (100 words or less)

Materials and Techniques

Overall and Close-up images of each quilt. Images must be at least 2100 pixels on the longest side (or 350 dpi at 6") and JPG format only.

Sale Price

Date of Completion (after Jan 1, 2013)

Full Contact Information with Name, Shipping Address, and Email. (The email provided with the on-line application will be the sole form of communication.)

We will ask if you are willing to share your contact information with other associated fiber organizations.


You may pay your fee either before or after you submit your entry. To pay now, click the Buy Now button below. You will also be given the opportunity to complete your payment on the confirmation page after you have completed your entry.

$65.00 after midnight (CDT) October 1-5, 2015


Registration has closed. No further registrations will be accepted at this time.

For More Information

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Louise Fay at If you have technical questions about the on-line system, please contact Lisa Ellis at