International TECHstyle Art Biennial Call for Entries

In 2010, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles launched the International TECHstyle Art Biennial (ITAB). Returning now for its fourth incarnation, ITAB is a juried exhibition of work by artists merging fiber media with new information and communication technologies in their artistic processes, as a medium of artistic expression, and/or in the content of their work.

Leveraging its location in Silicon Valley, ITAB serves as the premiere platform for introducing the work of artists exploring the intersection of fiber and technology to a global community.

Fibers, textiles, and the language of textile patterning have achieved wide attention in contemporary art practice often as a means of evoking an experience that is both historical and contemporary. ITAB seeks to expose and explore the tensions between and among works by artists using fiber media whose work employs diverse artistic disciplines: architecture, fashion, fiber art, installation art, interior design, new media, painting, sculpture, etc. Artwork demonstrating a keen understanding and mastery of the aesthetic, structural/technical, and semiotic possibilities of fiber and of digital, computerized, or networked information and communication technologies are the hallmark of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles’ International TECHstyle Art Biennial.

Application 1. Artists may submit up to three (3) works. 2. Work will be submitted digitally to an online server, directions below. 3. Online submissions are open August 17- October 22, 2018. 4. The entry fee is $35 for San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles members, $45 for non-members. Only one entry fee per artist is required (includes up to three submissions). 5. Each submission must be represented by two images: One (1) full view and one (1) detail. NOTE: For installation pieces, please provide TWO (2) different views and TWO (2) details. 6. Work that will be exhibited in a frame should be represented as such. Work framed under glass should be photographed without glass, but noted that it will be displayed with glass.



Nathalie Miebach

Nathalie Miebach explores the intersection of art and science by translating scientific data related to meteorology, ecology and oceanography into woven sculptures and musical scores and installations. She is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including a Pollock-Krasner Award, TED Global Fellowship, Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant, and two Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships.  Her work has been shown in the U.S. and abroad and has been reviewed by publications spanning fine arts, design, and technology. She lives in Boston. 


Clay Bavor

Clay Bavor is the Vice President of Virtual and Augmented Reality at Google. He joined Google in 2005 and has worked on a number of products across the company, including Search, AdWords, and AdMob. Most recently, he led product and design teams for several of Google’s most popular applications, including Gmail and Google Docs. Clay was one of the creators of Google Cardboard, and since 2014 has led the growth of the company’s virtual and augmented reality projects. He studied Computer Science at Princeton University, and lives in Atherton with his wife and three sons. He loves photography and complicated art projects, like making portraits of Abraham Lincoln out of pennies.


Janet Echelman

Janet Echelman sculpts at the scale of buildings. Her work defies categorization, intersecting Sculpture, Architecture, Urban Design, Material Science, Structural & Aeronautical Engineering, and Computer Science. Echelman’s art transforms with wind and light, and shifts from being “an object you look at, into an experience you can get lost in.”

Her TED talk “Taking Imagination Seriously” has been translated into 35 languages with more than two million views. Oprah ranked Echelman’s work #1 on her List of 50 Things That Make You Say Wow!, and she received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Arts, honoring “the greatest innovators in America today.” Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Harvard Loeb Fellowship, Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellowship, and Fulbright Sr. Lectureship, Echelman was named an Architectural Digest Innovator for “changing the very essence of urban spaces.”

Echelman’s educational path has been nonlinear. After graduating from Harvard College, she lived in a Balinese village for 5 years, then completed separate graduate programs in Painting and in Psychology. Recipient of an honorary Doctorate from Tufts University, Echelman most recently served as Visiting Professor at MIT.

Using unlikely materials from fishnet to atomized water particles, Echelman combines ancient craft with computational design software to create artworks that have become focal points for urban life on five continents, from Singapore, Sydney, Shanghai, and Santiago, to Beijing, Boston, New York and London. Permanent commissions can be visited in Porto (Portugal), Richmond (Canada), San Francisco, West Hollywood, Phoenix, Greensboro, Eugene, and Seattle.



Notification of the jurors’ decision will be sent via email by November 15, 2018.

Requirements 1. Entries must be original work completed after 2016. 2. Artists must be 18 years of age or older. 3. Collaborative work will be considered as a single entry. Artists submitting both collaborative and individual works must apply separately. 4. Work must not exceed 6 feet in any single dimension and not more than 100 lbs. 5. Installation pieces must state total space requirement on entry form. 6. Work must be original in concept and design and not be the result of a class or workshop. 7. All work must be either fiber in content or executed in a fiber technique. 8. Work included in previous ITAB exhibitions will not be considered.


Conditions Submission to ITAB implies acceptance of the following conditions: 1. Accepted work must be completely ready for installation including any essential display hardware, rods, or stands. 2. Accepted artwork must be available for the entire duration of the exhibition. 3. If accepted work is sold prior to the exhibition, the artist must notify ITAB and make arrangements with the new owner to have the work available for the duration of the exhibition. 4. Work other than that submitted and chosen by the jury may not be substituted. 5. The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles retains the right to reproduce and distribute the images to print and electronic media for publicity, documentation, and educational purposes. 6. The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles has a photo policy which permits photography by the general public, with the following restrictions: a) Photos for personal use only. b) Absolutely no flash. c) No reproductions. d) Both museum and artist must be credited. 7. While at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, work will be insured for its stated insurance value. The insurance value of works available for sale is 50% of the retail sales price. 8. For works available for sale, a 50% commission on retail sale will be retained.



Online submissions open August 17 – October 22

2018 Submission deadline October 22

2018 Notification November 15

2018 Accepted work due November 16 2018 – January 10, 2019

Exhibition dates January 21 – April 14

2019 Opening reception Monday, January 21, 2019



1. Work will be judged from DIGITAL images.

2. Selection will be based on the overall quality of the work and its relevancy to the standards stated in REQUIREMENTS.

3. Accepted work will be subject to final approval by the jurors’ representative. Work that differs significantly from the image representing it will be rejected and returned to the artist.

Digital Image Submission

1. Original digital photography should be submitted in high resolution JPG format. The narrowest uncropped dimension should be approximately 1800 pixels. Images should be 300 dpi.

2. Filenames should NOT contain special characters such as periods, commas, slashes, pound signs, asterisks, etc.

3. Select baseline “standard” when saving JPG files.


The artist is responsible for all shipping and insurance costs to and from the exhibition. Complete shipping instructions will be included with notification of acceptance.


1. Work must arrive at the SJMQT between November 16, 2018 – January 10, 2019.

2. Work MUST be shipped in STURDY, REUSABLE containers and include any necessary hardware, materials, and instructions for installation along with detailed repacking instructions.

3. COD packages will NOT be accepted.



1. The artist is responsible for paying for return shipping.

2. The museum will arrange return shipping with artist prior to close of exhibit.

3. Return shipping will be via US Postal Service or FedEx.

4. Hand-delivered work may be picked up by appointment.

Image: Michael Radyk Textiles