This part of ATA's website specifically presents material about our programs for your benefit.
Beginning in January, 2004, ATA introduced more levels of membership benefits. The new Circle membership levels (go here for details on membership) now provide you with an opportunity to further support ATA and its programs. One of the benefits to a Circle membership is an invitation to participate in our Artist Pages, an online portfolio of artist's work. Go here to see these Artist Pages. Go here for more details on submitting your work for our Artist Pages program.
Each Circle member artist receives an email (or snail mail, if you so specify) with specific information on how to submit images for your Artist Pages. If you do not currently have scanned images (.jpg or .gif), which is the format we prefer, then you will have to send good quality color prints with your submission to our Artist Pages Manager, Sarah Warren.
Your Artist Pages will be online for a one-year term and will remain there as long as you are a member at any level. You can update your pages once a year at the time of your membership renewal, for as long as you wish to participate as a Circle member.
Chair: Barbara Heller
The distance learning program is designed for intermediate tapestry weavers who want to pursue an in depth study of a tapestry topic with guidance and mentoring from a more experienced tapestry weaver. An intermediate weaver is defined as someone who can warp a loom and who has woven several small tapestries or samplers. This is meant to be a self directed and well-defined program of study. Students are encouraged to narrow the range of study so that it can be completed within one year. (read more here)
Chair: Joyce Hayes
The Helping Hands distance learning program is designed for beginning tapestry weavers who want to begin exploring tapestry with guidance and mentoring from a more experienced tapestry weaver. The student must be an ATA Circle member. A beginning weaver is defined as someone who has little experience or one who has completed an introductory level workshop. This program will introduce students to warping a loom, shape building, warp and weft balance, and beginning cartoon development. (read more here)
We have a series of articles available online. The Educational Articles provide a wealth of material covering largely technical and professional standards. Then we have Feature Articles with contemporary art and historical views.
Online Study Groups
Three Online Forums will be starting this fall: The Business of Weaving, Political Lines 2011 and Writing: A Means to Seeing More. Online Forums are now a benefit of all levels of membership. For a description of the Forums, click here. For more information on the Forums, contact Linda Rees: lerees [at] lindarees dot com
To further reach our education program goals, ATA hosts an open session at a national conference every two years (HGA's Convergence) with presentations and open discussions on current topics. Collaborations with other organizations result in periodic symposia and events, such as the upcoming. Check our Education page here.
ATA's primary method of attaining its program outreach goals is to mount and tour an international juried exhibition every two years. The ATA Biennials bring the best of international contemporary handwoven tapestry into a coherent show. These exhibitions provide opportunities in the field by a) setting high standards of excellence; b) touring across North America; c) triggering articles; and d) publishing a catalogue with critical essays.
These exhibitions usually draw excellent attendance to the host museums and art centers. Tapestry is rarely exhibited and, as a result, it draws a mixed audience (from across the economic spectrum) of people who view it as non-threatening, approachable, and enjoyed by young audiences. An estimated 9,000 viewers saw ATB4 in 2002-2003. In Carlsbad, California, 28 groups of local school children visited the show.
For more information about our current Exhibitions, check here.
ATA maintains a slide archive of contemporary tapestries from the biennials and other tapestry exhibitions. Slide sets are available for rental by member educators, scholars, architects, and designers.
The following slide sets and videotapes may be rented from ATA:
World Tapestry Today
American Tapestry Today
American Tapestry Biennial I
Harmony: Interpretations of Nature in Contemporary Tapestry (American Tapestry Biennial II)
Thread by Thread (American Tapestry Biennial III)
American Tapestry Biennial 4
Tapestries from the Southwest
Mountain States Invitational
Guardians Choice 1999-2000
World Tapestry Today
For information regarding rental fees and procedures, contact:
Joyce Hayes, Slide Library and Catalog Sales
5229 Ivanhoe Place NE
Seattle, WA 98105-2836
email: joyce.hayes [at] comcast.net