Call for Entry - "Canadian Contemporary Art Quilts" - Fall 2016

Requirements - Photo Release - Important Dates - Entry Form

Joan Hug-Valeriote, an award-winning quilt artist and film/video-maker from Guelph, Ontario, with the support of Ed Video Media Arts Centre, is preparing a multi-media exhibit of Contemporary Canadian Art Quilts to be displayed in the Berlin Tower Artspace in Kitchener City Hall, in April and May 2017.

Ed Video Media Arts will provide the technical equipment and expertise to install a bank of 20 Christie Digital MicroTiles, creating a seamless installation of high-definition LED screens (five feet square), to display the "virtual" part of the exhibit.

For those of you unfamiliar with this type of display, please view these images on the Christie MicroTiles website.

The exhibit will include a dynamic state of the art high-tech display of approximately 200 photographs of contemporary Canadian art quilt and a small exhibit of a baker's dozen of "real" wall-size art quilts.

They will be juxtaposed with a concurrent display of the traditional quilts from the preview of the Mennonite Relief Sale which will be hanging in the Rotunda of Kitchener City Hall, literally right beside the Berlin Tower Artspace. Both exhibits will be open in Kitchener City Hall during the annual "Quilt and Fibre Art Festival - Waterloo County and Beyond" in the last week of May 2017.


Canadian Art Quilters from across the country are invited to submit as follows:

A) for the "virtual" exhibit: good quality photographs of original Art Quilts they have created. Photographs must be at least 1920 pixels wide and 150 DPI. This is a minimum.
Bigger is better! The aspect ratio for the full array of twenty screens (approx. 5 ft sq) is 2880 pixels wide and 2700 pixels high. A better size to allow for zooming in without loss of detail, would be at least 3600 pixels wide by 2160 pixels high. Higher DPI is better.

Group quilts welcome! Please label group quilt photos with the name of the co-ordinator of the project and use EtAl as follows: Surname_Name_EtAl_Title.

B) for the exhibit of "real" quilts, photographs of the actual quilts that you would like to submit for hanging in the Berlin Artspace at the same time. Lesser quality photographs are acceptable for this purpose.

About a dozen "real" wall-quilts will be required, measuring between 12" and 24" wide. One larger quilt will be accepted, with a perimeter measurement of approx. 200-300 inches. Quilts should have at least a 2" sleeve or, if on a stretcher, eye-hooks and wire, for hanging. Insurance is the responsibility of the artist, although security for the art work will be provided by City Hall security staff.

All quilts should have been created after Jan. 1st, 2000.
They may be landscapes, abstract, pictorial or figurative. There is the possibility of a locked glass wall cabinet in the adjoining hall for smaller 3-D creations that contain a quilted element.
If based on traditional quilt designs, quilts should have a modern "edge" or "twist" to them.

Digital files of the photographs should be labelled as follows: Surname_Name_Title .jpg
If submitting photographs for the "real" exhibit, please also include the size (w x h) of the artwork. Full shots and up to three detail shots welcome in .jpg format.

These photographs should be submitted to Joan Hug-Valeriote by October 24th 2016,

by email at     or

You may also submit them using Dropbox or by sending a CD of your photographs to
Contemporary Canadian Art Quilts,
c/o Joan Hug-Valeriote, 1968 Gordon St. Guelph, ON, N1L 1G6.

Photo Release:

By submitting the photographs, you acknowledge:

a) that you are giving permission to include your work in this exhibit of Contemporary Canadian Art Quilts in Kitchener City Hall in April and May of 2017.

b) that your photographs may be used in the video which will be displayed and your real quilts for which you will provide your own insurance, may be hung for the duration of this show.

You are waiving the right to any payment of artist's or copyright fees, unless the curator/co-ordinator is awarded an Ontario Arts Council grant for that purpose. In such case, Carfac fees will be paid and will apply for this exhibit only.

c) that your photographs may appear in a catalogue for distribution to the public and/or any promotional material created in connection with this show or any future shows. Artists will receive a complimentary copy of the catalogue. d) that the video produced for this exhibition may also be used in future, for educational purposes or other non-profit uses, such as the promotion of the art form, for instance, in a museum or art gallery, school or lecture hall.

You may begin anytime sending photos to Joan at

If your photograph is not of acceptable quality for the video portion of the display, I will notify you.

Please do not send more than 5 MB of data in any one email.

Consider sending a CD or using if you have a very large file or several large files, otherwise, my email account may become too full and stop working before I can transfer the files to other storage.

I would also be very happy to accept the help of a few volunteers who live in the Kitchener/Waterloo area to hang the small show of approximately a dozen wall-hangings, with help from City Hall staff, between April 4th and April 7th, 2017.

Important dates:

Collection of quilt photos - from August 2016 through Oct. 24th, 2016

Notification and Delivery of "real" quilts to Joan Hug-Valeriote, in Guelph before March 7th, 2016
Delivery of remainder of "real" quilts to an address (TBA) in Kitchener, March 8th - to April 4th.

Show opens Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Opening reception: Sunday, April 30th, 2017 2-4 p.m.

Closing reception: Friday, May 26th, 5-7 p.m.
Show closes at end of day, Tuesday May 30th, 2017.

Pick up of quilts from Kitchener City Hall on May 31st, by appointment, or arrangements will be made to return quilts by UPS within the following week.

Please do join us as a participant or as a visitor!

Yours sincerely,
Joan Hug-Valeriote

Quilt Artist and Studio Teacher
1968 Gordon St.
Guelph, ON N1L 1G6
tel: (519) 836-9388
Cell: (416) 768-3775

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