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Interpretations 2023
Call for Entries

Visions Museum of Textile Art (VMOTA) is proud to announce the call for entries for Interpretations 2023, the museum’s 24th international juried exhibition. Exhibition jurors will select innovative textile art that explores form and technique of 2D artworks, 2D art quilts, and 3D free standing work that highlight fiber. Selected works will be featured in a full-color exhibition catalog. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Interpretations 2023 will be on display at VMOTA in San Diego, from October 13, 2023 to December 30, 2023. Selected artists will receive further information regarding participation during Interpretations 2023 Festival Days. Festival Days will include workshops, lectures, artist meet and greets, receptions and other gatherings. Participation by selected artists is highly encouraged but not required.


Jan 1, 2023 Call for Entry Opens (Online Only)
Feb 10, 2023 Call for Entry Closes (12 noon PST)
April 10, 2023 Artists notified of jurors’ selections
Apr 24, 2023 Public announcement of accepted artists
Sep 25, 2023 Deadline for artwork to arrive at VMOTA
Oct 13-14, 2023 Quilt Visions Festival Days
Oct 14, 2023 Opening Reception
Dec 30, 2023 Exhibition Closes
Jan 10, 2024 Artwork pick up deadline
Jan 15, 2024 Artwork shipping deadline



  • Entry is open to the general public. Museum membership is not required.
  • Artists may submit up to three (3) entries. Only one (1) entry by each artist may be selected.
  • The non-refundable fee for entering up to three (3) works is $40 for all VMOTA members and $50 for non-members.
  • Artwork submitted for consideration must have been completed on or after January 1, 2021.
  • Artwork must be original and produced by the individual or a collaboration of a maximum of two (2) artists. Works created in a workshop or class are not eligible for submission.
  • More information on the sale of artwork will be provided to selected artists.



General specifications

  • There are no minimum size requirements.
  • There is a 20 pound weight maximum for any work.
  • All entries must highlight fiber.


Specifications for 2D art quilts and 2D artworks

  • All 2D art quilts and artworks must be sent in “ready to display” condition with hanging apparatus attached.
  • Maximum size requirement for a 2D art quilt or 2D artworks is 72 inches H x 72 inches W x 10 inches D. This includes framed or stretched work.
  • All wall hung art must hang without distortion either with stretcher bars, stitched on sleeve, or other integrated hanging system.
  • Art quilts, unless framed or stretched, must have a 3 inch sleeve securely attached to the back of the art quilt. Art quilts 50 inches or wider must have a center opening in the sleeve to allow for the hanging system VMOTA uses. A second sleeve at the bottom of the work is recommended.


Specifications for free standing work

  • Free standing 3-dimensional sculptural works may be submitted.
  • Maximum size requirements for this free-standing work is 72 inches H x  24 inches W x  24 inches D.



  • All submissions for consideration must be accompanied by photographs that meet the following requirements:
    • One (1) overall digital image and one (1) detail digital image for each piece of artwork.
    • Digital images must be saved as a high-quality JPEG file (no TIFF files).
    • Finished images should be 2500 pixels on the longer side.
    • There is a 4 MB maximum on any image that is uploaded. If an image is larger than that, artist will need to resize the image to 4MB.
    • Image file name must contain the artist surname, first initial and title of work, e.g. for Andrea Bacal’s Tulips filename would be bacalatulips. Do not use special characters, e.g., apostrophes, in your image file name. There is a security setting on the webserver that does not allow these characters to be uploaded.
  • If the images submitted do not meet our requirements, VMOTA staff will contact you.



  • The decision of the jurors is final.
  • VMOTA reserves the right to refuse to exhibit or to remove from the exhibition any art quilt which, upon receipt, is deemed unsuitable, including
    • poor quality
    • presence of hazardous materials
    • misrepresentation in the entry form or digital images. Selected art quilts will be compared with the images sent to jurors before the final selection is completed.
  • Selected artwork must be available from September 25, 2023 through January 15, 2024.



Artists will be notified of jurors’ selection via email by April 10, 2023. A public announcement will be made on April 24, 2023.


  • Artwork must be delivered by September 25, 2023 for the installation of the exhibition.
  • Selected artists are responsible for packing, shipping and insurance in transit both ways. A prepaid FedEx, DHL or UPS shipping label or account number is required for return shipping.
  • Selected artwork by non-US residents may be subject to additional customs duty.
  • VMOTA does not assume responsibility for customs or brokerage charges. Artists will reimburse VMOTA for any such charges incurred.
  • All artwork will be handled with extreme care and, when possible, returned in their original packing materials.
  • VMOTA insures accepted work while in its possession at 60% of the retail price or the declared insurance value of not for sale (NFS) works. Artists may be asked to justify the insurance value if required.


The artist retains the copyright of the work at all times. Images of selected artworks will be retained by VMOTA for promotional and educational purposes. Acknowledgment of the artist will be made in all such uses.


If an accepted artwork is withdrawn from the exhibition by the artist, that artist will be ineligible to submit to any VMOTA juried exhibition for the subsequent two juried exhibitions.

Susan T. Avila

Susan T. Avila is an artist and Professor of Design at University of California, Davis. Her work bridges art, design, and fashion and she has exhibited her artwork in Argentina, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Finland, Hong Kong, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Swaziland, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, and Uruguay as well as numerous exhibitions in the United States. Her creative work is included in several books and periodicals and she has written articles about Textile Art and/or Fashion for several publications including Fiberarts, Ornament, Selvage, Surface Design Journal, and Textil Forum.

Dolores Miller                                                                                            

Dolores Miller is a textile artist living in San Jose, CA. Her art often expresses wonder at the vastness and complexity of the universe and explores our place in it- our sense of belonging. A recent series of work on this theme incorporates needle felting and unusual materials in wall and sculptural pieces.

Dolores’ love of textiles started early. She sewed, crocheted, and embroidered, but her first excursion into the quilt world was as an adult. Piecing appealed to her inner puzzle-solver; an interest also evidenced in her long career as a research analytical chemist.

The decision to focus on textile art as a means of self-expression was deliberate. Dolores began exhibiting her work with Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Artists in northern California. Her work has been juried into many regional and global exhibitions, including Visions: Interpretations 2021. An active SAQA member, Dolores has curated two regional exhibitions, chaired its Education Committee, founded a contemporary art discussion group, and currently serves as a board Vice-President.

Dolores holds an AB degree in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College and an MS degree in analytical organic chemistry from Stanford University and worked for IBM Research.

Jason Pollen

Jason Pollen is an internationally acclaimed and artist, designer and educator.

He has been on the faculties of the Royal College of Art in London, Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute in New York City and as Professor and Chair of the Fiber Department at the Kansas City Art Institute. Pollen has had multiple solo shows in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has designed textiles for dozens of renowned fashion and home furnishings firms. Pollen has collaborated as scenic designer with the Kansas City Ballet.

He is Professor emeritus of Kansas City Art Institute, President emeritus of the Surface Design Association, and an American Craft Council Fellow.

The Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina honored him with the Outstanding Artist Educator Award in 2012.


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