American Tapestry Biennial 13

About the Exhibition

The American Tapestry Alliance is a not-for-profit, member-supported organization seeking to exhibit the best of contemporary tapestry. Since 1996, ATA has sponsored a biennial, juried exhibition. ATA invites submissions from tapestry artists around the world. The intention of this show is to include not only artists who work within more traditional definitions of tapestry, but also those artists whose work expands upon the core principles of the medium as it explores new techniques and processes. This is the only ATA show that accepts larger tapestries and so this is often a very exciting exhibition to experience in person.

We are happy to announce that from a total of 189 tapestries, submitted by 114 artists, Nick DeFord selected 37 tapestries representing 10 countries for inclusion in American Tapestry Biennial 13. Hats off to the ATB 13 volunteer team, that is hard at work assembling the myriad of moving pieces it takes to produce this world class exhibit.

Nick DeFord observed the following: “Among all the works submitted, there were certain themes that were prevalent among the content and imagery. A strong conceptual thread among the submitted works was that of omens, dreams, and/or prophecies. Many of the accepted works represent this theme, particularly in surrealist or fanciful imagery.”

Teitelbaum Award

Thanks to a  generous donation from the Teitelbaum Family Trust,  ATA offers awards to two ATB artists. The juror for the show bestows the awards on tapestries that (s)he considers to be of exceptional aesthetic and technical quality. The First Place Award is a $300.00 cash prize and is awarded to Kathe Todd-Hooker for her piece titled Nasty Ladies Unite! Do it now before it’s too late and Second Place is a $200.00 cash prize awarded to Patricia Williams for her piece titled On the Full Moon of February 3, 2015 (The Flu in Yelapa Mexixo).

Kathe Todd Hooker
1st Place Teitelbaum Awardee
Nasty Ladies Unite! Do it before it’s too late.
14 in x 13.5 in.
Patricia Williams
2nd Place Teitelbaum Awardee
On the Full Moon of February 3, 2015 (The Flu in Yelapa, Mexico)
21 in. x 21 in.


Participating artists include: Don Burns (US), Martha Christian (US), Jean Corder Clarke (Ireland), Gabriela Cristu (Romania), Ariadna Donner (Finland), Bernard Foucher (Portugal), Helena Figueiredo (Portugal), Joaquina Marques (Portugal), Carla Tavares (Portugal), Gisela Figueiredo (Portugal), Lurdes Branquinho (Portugal), Heather Gallegos-Rex (US), Joan Griffin (US), Janette Gross (US), Birgitta Hallberg (Denmark), Louise Halsey (US), Mette Hansen (Denmark), Peter Harris (Canada), Barbara Heller (Canada), Stephanie Hoppe (US), Susan Iverson (US), Ruth Jones (Canada), Karen King (Canada), Lis Korsgren (Sweden), Lialia Kuchma (US), Tal Landeau (US), Margo Macdonald (US), Marni Martin (Canada), Sonja Miremont (US), Julia Mitchell (US), Patricia Nelson (US), Judy Ness (US), Suzanne Paquette (Canada), Christine Pradel-Lien (France), Michael Rohde (US), Tommye Scanlin (US), Kathe Todd-Hooker (US), Alta Turner (US), Dorothea Van De Winkel (Belgium), Sue Weil (US), Cheri White (US), Patricia Williams (US).

Exhibition Venues

Highfield Hall & Gardens

56 Highfield Drive

Falmouth,  MA

January 27, 2021 – March 27, 2021

Private Opening Reception: To Be Announced

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

520 1st Street

San Jose, CA

June 18, 2021 – September 12, 2021

Events at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

The Nature of Things: How the Natural World Guides My Tapestries

A virtual talk with ATB 13 artist Tommye McClure Scanlin
Thursday, August 12 at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET
The event is free, but you MUST register! Visit San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles to register today.

ATB 13 Closing Reception

Sunday, August 29 (time TBD)SJMQT will host a public reception in the adjacent Pocket Park a few weeks before ATB 13 officially closes on September 12. Reception guests will have the chance to view the exhibition by timed entry.