Mission Statement and Programming
Between the Trees, Jenny Hansen, 2010-11, haute-lisse, worsted wool on cotton warp, 190 x 225 cm

“Between the Trees,” Jenny Hansen, 2010-11, haute-lisse, worsted wool on cotton warp, 190 x 225 cm

The American Tapestry Alliance (ATA) is engaged in a wide range of educational, exhibition, outreach and promotional programs. Our programs serve the goals of our Mission Statement:

  • to promote an awareness of and appreciation for woven tapestries designed and woven by individual artists
  • to encourage and recognize superior quality tapestries
  • to encourage educational opportunities in the field of tapestry
  • to sponsor exhibitions of tapestries
  • to establish a network for tapestry weavers throughout the world
  • to educate the public about the history and techniques involved in tapestry making


Click here to download a pdf of the ATA’s bylaws.

ATA’s Five Year Plan

ATA is currently operating under its third five-year plan. Click here to download the plan.

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2018-2019
Annual Report 2017-2018
Annual Report 2016-2017
Annual Report 2015-2016
Annual Report 2014-2015
Annual Report 2013-2014
Annual Report 2012-2013
Annual Report 2011-2012
Annual Report 2010-2011
Annual Report 2008-2009
Annual Report 2009-2010
Annual Report 2007-2008

ATA’s Organizational Chart

Click here to see a diagrammatic chart of ATA’s organizational structure.

Patti Kirch, "My Inner Peggy Surfacing" (2015), 10" x 10"

Patti Kirch, “My Inner Peggy Surfacing,” 2015, 10″ x 10″

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ATA’s Programs


ATA supports documenting the history of contemporary tapestry through its archive. The Library Committee oversees an archive of catalogs, slides, newsletters, and other documents.

Artist Pages

In 2004, ATA initiated the Artist Pages program, an online portfolio of artist’s work. Click here to see the Artist Pages. Submission guidelines.


Award for Excellence

The ATA Award for Excellence in Tapestry was established to recognize weavers who pursue tapestry with the intention of achieving excellence in design, creative imagery, technical execution and the usage of color. Information.

Danbee Son, “The Objet - Shin Ramyun,” 27 x 35 cm, 2015. Thread. Photo: Danbee Son.

Danbee Son, “The Objet – Shin Ramyun,” 27 x 35 cm, 2015. Thread. Photo: Danbee Son.

International Student Award

The ATA International Student Award encourages the study of tapestry in a college fiber program at the undergraduate or graduate level. Information.

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Painter Brown Scholarship for Tapestry Study

This scholarship is for any ATA member who wishes to pursue study in the field of tapestry weaving.  (Not an ATA member? Join here.)  Information.

Emerge Award

A membership award program that recognizes students who have an interest in tapestry. University faculty in textile programs select students who have shown potential in using tapestry in their projects. The recipients receive a year long membership in ATA and recognition in Tapestry Topics.

Teitelbaum Awards

The Teitelbaum Awards are monetary awards that are presented to two artists accepted into American Tapestry Biennial and Small Tapestry International. The Teitelbaum Awards are made possible by a generous grant from the Teitelbaum Trust legacy gift to ATA. Information.

Mary Zicafoose, "Mountain for the Buddha: Envy"

Mary Zicafoose, “Mountain for the Buddha: Envy”


Tapestry Instruction: Mentoring Program

ATA’s Mentoring Program is an opportunity for tapestry weavers to share their knowledge. Mentors and mentees are matched on the basis of the area of study that the mentee wishes to pursue. Information. The mentee must be an ATA Circle member. Membership information.

Educational Articles

Educational Articles are hosted on ATA’s website. Covering a variety of topics, they feature the work and writing of a variety of artists around the world. See the current Educational Article.


ATA sponsors workshops in most odd numbered years. The workshops feature talented tapestry weavers with teaching experience. Information.

Convergence and Members Retreat

In even numbered years ATA sponsors a forum at HGA’s Convergence. The forum typically includes two speakers and an open digislam of tapestry artists’ work. The forum is open to all. ATA’s Member’s Retreat follows Convergence and includes workshops with talented, experienced tapestry weavers with extensive teaching experience. Information.

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Other Education Programs

ATA collaborates with other organizations to offer educational programming, for example, Speakers Sessions at the Textile Society of America’s Symposium and artist lectures held in conjunction with ATA’s show venues.

Lynn Mayne, "Alpha to Omega" 2017, 22" x 61"

Lynn Mayne, “Alpha to Omega”


American Tapestry Biennial and Small Tapestry International

ATA sponsors two international juried exhibitions: American Tapestry Biennial and Small Tapestry International.  These shows highlight the best of international contemporary hand woven tapestry. They provide opportunities in the field by: setting high standards of excellence; touring across North America; triggering articles; and offering a catalog with critical essays.

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Unjuried Small Format Show

The Unjuried Small Format Show is held every two years in conjunction with the Handweavers Guild of America’s symposium, Convergence. This extremely popular show receives entries from artists around the world and is documented through a catalog.


TEx@ATA offers a variety of curated shows based on a theme, or on presenting the work of a single artist. Two or three Web Exhibitions are mounted each year.


Tapestry Topics

ATA publishes a Quarterly Newsletter, Tapestry Topics. The issues feature a theme and contributions come from a wide variety of writers. More information.


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A monthly email listing of shows, awards, etc submitted by members. Sign up to receive eKudos.
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