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All Things Considered VII
August 23, 2013 to October 19, 2013
Arrowmont School of Arts & Craft, Gatlinburg, TN
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Application Dates:
Oct 30, 2012 - May 15, 2013
Application Fee:
Notification Date:
Jun 13, 2013
Juried & Invitational Exhibition
August 24 THROUGH October 19, 2013
S a n d r a  J . B l a i n  G a l l e r i e s • A r ro w m o n t  S c h o ol  of  A rt s  &  C r a f t s 
G at l i n b u r g , T N

You are cordially invited to enter the Biennial Juried Exhibition: All Things Considered VII, to be held in conjunction with the NBO 2013 Biennial Conference. The exhibition will be held at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Sandra J. Blain Galleries in Gatlinburg, TN, August 24–October 19, 2013. The goal of the exhibition is to showcase benchmarks of excellence in traditional and sculptural basketry that demonstrate superior technique and original concept and design.


NBO and Arrowmont seek to feature work which is not only of the highest caliber, craftsmanship and technical ability but which also speaks to intricacy of expression, intimacy of design, thoughtful communication, and visual excitement. Jurors will independently screen all images and make the preliminary selection of all work in the exhibition. Entries will be evaluated on concept, design, technique, craftsmanship and creative exploration. Accepted work is subject to final approval by the juror’s representative after the actual work arrives at Arrowmont.

Work that differs significantly from the digital image will be ineligible for the exhibition and returned to the artist. Submission to All Things Considered VII implies that the artwork represented on the digital images will be available for the exhibition and that the artist understands that all accepted work, without exception, must remain for the duration of the exhibition.


Emily Zilber, Curator at Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Emily Zilber is the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston¹s first Ronald L. and Anita C. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts. Zilber is responsible for the MFA¹s vibrant program of contemporary decorative arts, including guiding acquisitions and developing a presence for craft and design in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art and throughout the museum. Zilber oversees the Daphne and Peter Farago Gallery, a dedicated space for modern and contemporary craft, design, and decorative arts. This gallery opened in September 2011 with "Crafting Contemporary: Selections from the Daphne Farago Collection". Current projects include the exhibition New Blue-and-White, which focuses on contemporary interpretations of blue-and-white traditions by makers across media (open through 7/14/2013), the reinstallation of the Farago Gallery with works from the MFA's permanent collection (opening 8/2013), and two exhibitions, one focused on the MFA¹s collection of American ceramics and the other on themes in 21st century craft practice, to open in 2015.

Prior to joining the MFA, Zilber was assistant curator at Cranbrook Art Museum at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She has edited and written for numerous publications and speaks regularly on topics related to 20th and 21st-century decorative arts, craft, and design. Zilber holds a BA in art history from The University of Chicago and an MA from the Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture.

Steve Cole, along with his wife Martha Ware, made basket history this year by donating their extensive collection of American baskets to the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery. A retired policy professional in Washington, D.C., Steve and his wife began collecting baskets in the mid-1980s. Their donation, which will more than double the number of baskets in the Renwick’s collection, includes 79 pieces that have already been donated and another 25 that have been promised to the Renwick. The collection includes baskets from across the nation that represent a very wide range of forms, materials, techniques and uses and reflects the state-of-the art of the craft over the last 30 years. An exhibition at the Renwick Gallery of the full collection will run from October 4, 2013 through January 12, 2014. More information on the collection can be found at https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/archive/2013/baskets/.

Best of Show - $400, Best of Traditional Basketry - $200,
Best of Sculptural Basketry - $200, Arrowmont Award - $300 scholarship toward a class.
Additional special criteria awards may be available. For updates check the NBO website.

All submissions need to be filled out through Juried Art Services. Follow procedures outlined on site for online submissions. Information needed includes the following:

  1. Name, address (and shipping address if different), telephone, e-mail.
  2. Up to 3 works may be submitted. Each piece should include 1 overall image and 1 detail.
  3. Images must be between 1400 pixels and 4000 pixels longest dimension at 300 PPI (pixels per inch).
  4. Include retail price for each work submitted. If not for sale, insurance value must accompany submission.
  5. A brief artist statement about your work.

Artists must be current members of NBO to submit work for this exhibition. If you are not a current member, you may become a member through www.nationalbasketry.org. Your entry will only be accepted if you are a current member. Works exhibited in previous NBO exhibitions are not eligible. Work executed under classroom/educational guidance or supervision is not eligible and work must be completed in the last two years. Work may not exceed six feet in any direction and weigh no more than can be handled by two people. $25 entry fee for all members, student members – no fee (attach a copy of student ID from accredited educational institution).

Payment required by credit card via PayPal through Juried Art Services online entry or check.

If paying by check, make payable to "NBO" and note on check that it's for "All Things Considered VII".

Mail Check to:
PO Box 301927 
Austin, TX 78703

All accepted entries must be received ready to install. If work requires specific hanging device(s), armatures or special installation instructions, these must be included along with instructions for installation. All work must remain on display until the conclusion of the exhibit.

Shipping instructions will be sent with the acceptance notification. Work should be packed very well and shipped in a reusable container.  Artists are responsible for the cost of sending and the return shipping of their work and for insurance during transit. Valid credit card information is  required to guarantee return shipping. NO hand delivery or hand pick-up of work will be allowed. No exceptions. Any entry that cannot be returned due  to invalid or expired credit card number, incorrect address, etc., will become the property of NBO.

Please note that price may not be changed after it is set. Please note work NFS if it is not available for purchase. Include value of entry for insurance purposes. A 40% commission will be split evenly between Arrowmont and NBO on any artwork sold through gallery display or in-studio presentation.

Exhibit pieces will be insured from the time of receipt for the insurance value indicated on the entry form and will be insured against all risks of physical loss or damage from any external cause while pieces are on location during the period of loan. Insurance excludes loss or damage that occurs by any event beyond the control of NBO, 2013 Biennial Conference and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN. During shipment,  the insurance regulations of the shipping company will be in effect. The artist must provide any additional insurance.

May 15 Exhibition entry deadline
June 15 Jury notification sent
July 19 Artist statement/resume and insurance form due
August 5 Accepted entries due at Arrowmont
August 24 – October 19 Exhibition dates
October 23-31 Return of work

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