The 2020 Convergence® Exhibits
Taking place online throughout January 2021
Register to Participate
Our exhibits and juror’s talks were originally scheduled to take place at the 2020 Convergence®
conference that was going to take place in Knoxville, TN in July. The conference was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the exhibits and juror’s talks are now virtual. Participating artists have been invited to show their work at the 2022 Convergence®
conference rescheduled for July 15-21, 2022 in Knoxville, TN. Photos of all exhibit artwork are available for viewing online
Join our jurors as they provide insights into the artwork featured in each of these exhibits. The Juror’s Talks will be conducted via HGA’s Zoom platform and will take place once a week throughout January 2021.
Registration for the live events will close at 12:00 PM EST on the day of the event. All registrants and anyone who registers after registration closes for the live event will receive access to an “on demand” recording of the juror’s talk. A link will be emailed 24 hours after the juror’s talk has ended.
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$10-20 All Others
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Juror’s Talk: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 1:00 PM
Dogwood to Kudzu is a basketry exhibit juried by author Judy Zugish and produced by HGA. Basketry artists were challenged to explore the broad continuum of traditional to nontraditional and functional to nonfunctional to produce extraordinary vessels with a variety of manmade to natural materials.
Juror Judy Zugish began experimenting with garden fibers in 1978. This soon led to an obsession for basketmaking and many years of pursuing technique with notable traditional weavers. Today, her contemporary works using gathered natural materials are exhibited widely. She teaches her signature style both at home and abroad.
Image: Canyon. Nolan Wright
Juror’s Talk: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 1:00 PM
Symphony of the Mountains, is a mixed media exhibit juried by author Kathleen Curtis Wilson and produced by HGA. Fiber artists were encouraged to explore changes in environment, harmony with nature, and the rhythm of natural cycles to celebrate the Smoky Mountains in producing high quality, contemporary works created from any fiber material.
Juror Kathleen Curtis Wilson
is a Fellow at the Virginia Foundation for Humanities, Charlottesville, Virginia. She is the author of Irish People, Irish Linen
, Textile Art from Southern Appalachia: The Quiet Work of Women
and Uplifting the South-Mary Mildred Sullivan’s Legacy for Appalachia.
renowned authority on Appalachian crafts, Wilson is craft editor for the Encyclopedia of Appalachia.
Image: Vessel No. 386. Lee Sipe.
Juror’s Talk: Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 1:00 PM
Vistas Along the Appalachian Trail is a yardage exhibit juried by author and fiber artists Robyn Spady. Produced by HGA, this exhibit showcases lengths of cloth produce by any fiber technique. Yardage is created for a variety of reasons: clothing or accessories adorning the body; useful objects such as towels or home décor; or as a piece of art.
Juror Robyn Spady
was introduced to handweaving at a young age and has been weaving for over 50 years. She completed HGA’s Certificate of Excellence (COE) in 2004 with the specialized study Loom-controlled Stitched Double Cloth. Robyn is fascinated by the infinite possibilities of crossing threads and loves coming up with new ideas to create fabric and transform it into something new and exciting. She is committed to turning the weaving world on to double-faced fabrics, four-shaft weaves, uncommon and advanced weave structures, exploring yarn combinations, and passementerie techniques. Robyn is a well-known teacher and author on handweaving and is also founder and editor of Heddlecraft®
Image: Appalachia: Dogwood Spring. Nancy Peterson.
Juror’s Talk: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 1:00 PM
Seasons of the Smokies, was juried by fiber artist Dianne Totten and produced by HGA. Fiber artists were challenged to design and create clothing that is both functional and artistic as well as make a strong statement on the fashion runway.
Juror Dianne Totten developed the “crimp cloth” technique and teaches it nationally and internationally for guilds and conferences. She has been sewing for more than 60 years and weaving for over 40. She has been published in many weaving publications and has won numerous awards.
Image: A Tribute to the Redbuds. Barbara Cabral.
This event is supported by generous contributions to HGA’s Fiber Trust which helps the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. (HGA) to work towards our mission to educate, support and inspire the fiber art community. HGA is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN #06-08661 organization. Please consider a Donation