Tapestry Exhibits


The TEx@ATA online exhibition gallery offers a variety of shows based on a theme, or presenting the work of a single artist. The curator develops the concept for the show and works with the artists whose work will be included.

The Laffer Curatorial Program, a program within TEx@ATA funded by a generous donation, offers stipends to outstanding curators who are interested in designing an exhibition of the highest caliber. These shows will be characterized by a tight cohesive theme and will highlight artists who not only exhibit technical and aesthetic excellence in the tapestry medium, but also work in a more conceptual manner, or stretch the definition of tapestry. An essay written by the curator will interpret the artist’s work within a broad artistic context. For more information on Laffer curatorships, email us.

Gabriella Cristu, "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun"

Gabriella Cristu, “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun”

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 artistic and technical excellence
  • touring across North America
  • triggering articles
  • offering a catalog with critical essays

ATA’s shows attract excellent attendance to the host museums and art centers. For information about hosting one of ATA’s exhibitions: Exhibitions@americantapestryalliance.org

Barbara Burns, "Cowgirl"

Barbara Burns, “Cowgirl”

Unjuried Small Format Show

An 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.