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Elegant Threads: Wearable Art and Surface Design
November 2, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Lighthouse ArtCenter, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469
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Application Dates:
Apr 17, 2017 - Sep 5, 2017
Application Fee:
Notification Date:
Sep 30, 2017

Elegant Threads: Wearable Art and Surface Design

November 2 – December 9, 2017

Lighthouse ArtCenter

373 Tequesta Drive

Tequesta, Florida  33469

(561) 746-3101


Elegant Threads: Wearable Art and Surface Design is an opportunity to showcase your best in Palm Beach County, Florida,  a part of the country where collectors with an eye to new trends in fashion and the arts are always in the market for luxury. 

Wearable Art, which is also known as “Artwear” or "art to wear", refers to individually designed pieces of (usually) handmade clothing or jewelry created as fine or expressive art.

Textile/Surface Design refers to the art of changing the appearance of natural and synthetic  surfaces by the application of traditional, stylized, digitized, and illusionary techniques to embellish a product.  It is also the art of enhancing a surface’s structure by applying 3 dimensional techniques, such as weaving, knitting, embroidery, lace, burnout, beading, embroidery and embossing.

Artisan designed Wearable Art may be entered as single pieces or as ensembles which could include (but are not limited to) the following:

Dresses, slacks, body suits, robes, jackets, silk kimonos, tapestries, accessories, headwear, and shoes

Artisan designed textiles using unique surface design will be entered as individual pieces which are described as:

Wall hangings, throws, pillows, and art quilts

Eligibility and Guidelines:

Consideration by digital images submitted through Juried Art Services only.

Artist may submit up to three works in each of two categories; Wearable Art or Textile Surface Design

Wearable Art: Each individual work such as jackets, scarves, purses constitutes one entry, however a fashion ensemble is considered one work which, if offered for sale, may have only one price for the complete set and will be eligible for only one award in the ensemble category.

Jewelry sets containing necklace and earrings may be considered one work if it is sold together at one price.  Jewelry will be displayed on pedestals provided by LAC.  LAC has a limited number of vitrines, they will be used on a first come, first serve basis.  If lighted display cases are necessary they must be provided by the artist with advance approval of the curator.

Surface Design: Wall hangings, throws, tapestries, pillows, and art quilts:  No patterns or kits will be considered.  All designs must represent the original work of the applicant.  Accepted works must arrive at Lighthouse ArtCenter with all of the necessary means for installation.  Work which arrives without a proper hanging mechanism will not be shown regardless of whether it was accepted by the jury.

3D Art must be delivered ready to install with an appropriate base if necessary.  (See size restrictions)

Size restrictions are as follows:

Wall pieces:

Height: At least 24” but no more than 60”

Width:  At least 24” but no more than 60”

Depth:  No more than 6” including frame and mounting

Weight:  No more than 35 lbs.

Framed or mounted pieces are accepted, but the depth of the frame/mount must be included in the overall depth of the piece.

Pieces must hang either:

-from a standard four inch rod pocket sewn to the back of the work, or

- for mounted or framed pieces, from a wire attached for hanging.  The wire should be installed so that it does not show above the work when it is hanging and so that it hangs flat against the wall

3D Pieces:

Height:  No more than 5 feet high

Width/Depth:  No wider or deeper than 3 feet

Weight:  No more than 35 lbs.

Artwork may not have been previously displayed at the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, Florida.  There is no restriction on the age of the piece.

All submitted pieces must meet the requirements in the prospectus; any accepted works that deviate from these parameters will be rejected and returned to the artist at the artist’s expense.

All work accepted must be in pristine condition and be show ready.

All work must include a label securely fastened on the inside (if the work is a garment /accessory), or fastened to the back of all wall hanging art quilts.  The label must contain the artist’s name and contact information, title of the work, dimensions, media, and price or NFS (not for sale).

Artists are responsible for shipping and insurance of accepted works, both to and from the exhibition.  Details for shipping will be provided once the jurying process is complete.

The Lighthouse ArtCenter (LAC) prefers (but does not insist) that the work be offered for sale.  LAC charges a 40% commission on all sales.  Sales tax will be collected and filed by LAC.

By submitting your work for review you confirm that you will adhere to all of the above.


Artworks will be for sale unless specified NFS by the artist. LAC will handle all sales, collect sales tax and will remit to the artist. A 40commission will be retained.


Exhibition Dates:  November 2 – December 9, 2017

Call to Artists application process opens on Juried Art Services:  April 19, 2017

Online application deadline: 11:59 p.m. EST, September 5, 2017

Notification of Acceptance:  September 30, 2017

Artwork to arrive at Lighthouse ArtCenter:  October 24, 2017

Exhibition opens: November 2, 2017

Awards Reception and Fashion Show: November 16, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

                Artist and one guest are no charge

                No charge for LAC members, $10 for all others

Exhibition closes:  December 9, 2017

Unsold works packed and shipped or picked up: December 11, 2017


Checklist of what you will need to provide:

Artist information:  The name you list is the name by which your work will be labeled for exhibition.  Spelling and capitalization will be reproduced in the same manner you enter them on your application and all correspondence will be directed to the address, phone (include country code) and email address provided therein.

Information about each piece:

Artist name:


Statement about the piece, 150 words or less. (LAC reserves the right to edit statements as necessary.)

Size:  Width x Height x depth in inches

Materials: 25 words or less

Techniques: 25 words or less

Photo credit: if photo is not by the artist

Digital Image submission guidelines:  Failure to comply with the digital image submission guidelines may result in the rejection of your submission.

Submit three digital images for each work: One front, one back, one detail

Save your digital images as high quality .jpg files (no .tiff files, please).  Do not add a drop shadow to your image.  Each image should be 2400 pixels on the longest side with a resolution of 300 dpi.

Special Note:  LAC encourages you to send the best quality photos you can.  Remember the images you send are the only representations of your work the jurors will see when considering your entry.  These photos are also the ones used in advertising and printed materials.  Photos should be in sharp focus, showing all edges, well lit, with correct color and no distortions.

Application Fee:  $35.00 for up to 3 entries per category. 

The two categories are:

1)            Wearable Art

2)            Surface Design

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