ATA International Student Award

Read about Lena Schwartz, the 2019 International Student Award Winner.

“4:47 P.M. September 3rd, 2018” 69 in. X 38 in. Wool weft, cotton warp. Lena Schwartz

List of ATA International Student Award Winners

Online Application Form

The American Tapestry Alliance (ATA) was founded with the mission of supporting the development and increasing the awareness of hand woven tapestry. To this end, ATA has created the ATA International Student Award to encourage study in the field.

The Award

The ATA International Student Award is presented annually to a student enrolled in a college fiber program. The fiber program may be located in any country. The award consists of:

  • $750.00.
  • An article in ATA’s quarterly newsletter, Tapestry Topics featuring the work of the award recipient.

All applicants will receive a one year student membership in the American Tapestry Alliance.

Sabrina Niebler, "Rooted in the Hand"; 6” x 3.5” x 2.5”; 2013; rice paper (silk screened with text and hand spun into yarn) and cotton warp, pulled warp and pieced tapestry

Sabrina Niebler, “Rooted in the Hand”; 6” x 3.5” x 2.5”; 2013; rice paper (silk screened with text and hand spun into yarn) and cotton warp, pulled warp and pieced tapestry

Award Criteria

A panel of  judges will evaluate the submissions on the basis of the following criteria:

  • excellence in tapestry technique
  • an awareness of the textile ‘language’
  • creativity in imagery.

For the purposes of this award, woven tapestry is defined as hand woven, weft faced fabric using discontinuous wefts. Students who work in both traditional and more experimental methods are encouraged to apply. Multimedia work will be considered as long as the primary medium is tapestry.

Melinda Heal, "Focusing on Focuing"

Melinda Heal, “Focusing on Focusing”

Application Materials

  • A minimum of three tapestries is required, with one overall image and one detail for each tapestry. Images should be 150 dpi jpegs, 1920 pixels in the longest dimension. Images may not be cropped to exclude the edges of the piece.  The edges must be visible in the photograph.
  • A 100-250 word artist’s statement discussing the submitted tapestries.
  • A short personal biography including name, contact information and how you came to discover tapestry.
  • A scan of your current student ID.

Deadline: April 15th of each calendar year. The winner will be notified in early May. The American Tapestry Alliance reserves the right to withhold the award in any given year.

Use our online Application Form.