June Lee, Bystander, thread on resin cast

Fiber Options will be on display at Circle Gallery June 21 – July 21

Introducing Fiber Options: Material Explorations:

MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 5th biennial Fiber Options: Material Explorations competition. Any original 2-D or 3-D artwork created with fiber is eligible. Works selected will be on exhibit in the MFA Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland from June 21 – July 21, 2018. The exhibition chair is Kass McGowan.

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Jeanne Medina is the 2017-18 Fountainhead Fellow in the Department of Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her BFA in Fiber and Material Studies and Post-Baccalaureate in Fashion, Body and Garment from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art where she was awarded the 2013 Toby Devan Lewis Award. Jeanne uses the process of weaving as a means of textile production and methodology for collaboration. She pursued research in Antwerp, Belgium on the Royal Academy of Art Fashion Department, the Betet Skara archive at ModeMuseum, and worked with fashion designer, Christian Wijnants. Her work is in the permanent collection at Cranbrook Art Museum and she has exhibited at the CAPC musée d’art contemporain in Bordeaux, France, the Babaran Segaragunung Culture House in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and Form and Concept Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.

Juror’s Statement

Firstly I would like to thank all of the artists and the Maryland Federation of Art for this wonderful honor of serving as juror in the 2018 Fiber Options: Material Exploration exhibition.

Cloth, like a vessel, has the capacity to hold meaning. For centuries, cloth has served to protect, to identify, to worship, to record, to express. I was struck by the experimentation and divergence from conventional ways of working to arrive at experimental hybrids of material and technique. The artists use fiber and textile techniques to express their own unique identities and concerns through materiality.

The works I selected demonstrate an urgency to express and to grapple with our experience through materiality. In one emergent theme, artists explore analog versus digital technologies. One work uses reclaimed wires and cables associated with digital communications and weaves and knots them into a portrait evoking the image of mask. Another work uses digital embroidery to articulate Euclidean geometries reminding us that a thread can articulate the most basic units of geometry — the line and the point. Meanwhile yet another work takes architectural sites and digitally prints and quilts their images, in turn, creating sites of the textiles themselves.  With regard to site, another work uses the language of a table setting to create resist images of a place setting where the objects and the bodies (in attendance) become an absent presence. Other works use the quiet simplicity of embroidered lines to suggest landscape, hand-stitched deconstructed cashmere sweaters to mimic rocks, or an (un)monumental wall constructed of a tortured canvas wrapped in thread and propped up on a cinder block. Sexuality was another theme that was explored through embellished images of ripped, muscular torsos, images of lipstick rockets, or in the abstracted soft sculptures evoking genitalia and the round volumes of the body. Ideas of the abject and otherness is evoked through visceral renderings of bodies, organs, and animals. Another notable theme of value, cost, and labor is seen in the receipts stitched in red, white, and blue, banners made of denim, and propaganda imagery declaring “cost was here”.

The artworks selected here push the boundaries of Fiber to arrive at something new and mirror something about our collective human experience — how meaning is embodied through Material Exploration


Juror’s Choice: Xia Gao, Passing

Juror’s Choice: Kelly Boehmer, Gut Lesson

Juror’s Choice: Elise M Drake, Notoriety

Honorable Mention: Herbert Rieth, Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck

*Award contributors and recipients will also be listed in the exhibition catalog.

Information for Accepted Artists

Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition Schedule:

March 1 On-line entry open for submissions
April 30 Deadline for entries
May 24 Notifications are sent by email. contact MFA if you do not receive notice.
June 13-17 Shipped work and hand-delivered work must arrive at circle Gallery, 18 State circle, Annapolis MD, 21401
June 21 11-5 p.m. First day of exhibition.
July 1 3-5 p.m. Reception at Circle Gallery. Awards presented at 4:00 p.m.
July 22-23 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pick up hand-delivered work. No early pick up. There is a $10 fine for late pick up.
By July 24 Shipped work will be sent.

Delivery and Shipping


  • All work delivered to the gallery must have the following information affixed to the non-viewing side of artwork:
    • Artist Name
    • Address, phone number and email
    • Title of the work, medium and price. Be specific with medium descriptions (e.g., oil on hardboard or canvas, not oil; chromogenic print or archival ink jet print, not photography or digital print; oil pastel on paper, not pastel; etc.)
  • Work must arrive on scheduled dates.
  • Paintings must be dry.
  • Measure to ensure work meets size limitations before delivery, include outer edges of frames. Work not in compliance will not be exhibited. No exceptions.
  • All shipped work must include a bar-coded shipping label. Do not send by United States Postal Service (USPS). We prefer UPS but accept FedEx. No shipping peanuts allowed.
  • Please affix packing/repacking instructions to OUTSIDE of shipping box.
  • Tips on shipping can be viewed on the RedDotBlog

Pickup and Storage

Pickup and Storage

  • When the exhibit ends, unless specified otherwise, you may pick up your work no earlier than 3:00 pm on the closing day of the exhibit.
  • You must pick up your work within 48 hours of the closing day of the exhibit, or notify the gallery if you will be late.
  • Unless previous arrangements have been made, work placed in storage after announced pickup dates will be subject to a fine of $10.00 per piece, per week. Work left in storage longer than two (2) weeks shall become MFA property and may be disposed of, or used for fundraising purposes. There are no exceptions.



All work will be handled with all possible care, but pieces submitted for exhibition are at the artist’s risk. In the event of damage or theft, the MFA will not be held liable. If insurance is desired, the artist must carry it.



  • All work entered into any exhibition must be for sale unless prior agreements are made, and marked either with a price or POR for Price On Request.
  • The MFA will retain 30% from all sales
  • Sale of artwork is taxable and all sales tax processing will be handled by the MFA.
  • Sold artwork requiring shipment will be handled by the MFA with costs collected from buyer. Buyers will be asked if the work may be retained until the exhibit ends. If the buyer disagrees, the Gallery will let the work go, and the artist will be informed.
  • The MFA asks that artists donate 20% from any sale made through a direct referral from the MFA within three months. All donations are used to help defray operating costs of the Maryland Federation of Art and are tax-deductible by the artists to the full extent of the law.