Unjuried Small Format Tapestry Exhibition

2022 Unjuried Small Format Tapestry Exhibition News!

The next Unjuried Small Format exhibition, Tiny But Mighty, will be held in Knoxville, TN from July 1-29, 2022 at the The Emporium Gallery. Individuals and groups are invited to create tapestries based on the theme Tiny But Mighty which aims to showcase the visual and textural richness of tapestry. Need inspiration and tips on weaving small format? Not to fret! The next two editions of Tapestry Topics will feature tapestries and tips from experienced weavers to inspire and foster your creativity.

To expand upon the textural qualities of tapestry, ATA encourages the use of other weave structures such as twill, basket weave, etc. and/or the inclusion of knots such as raya or raya loops, half hitch or double half hitch etc. While using these techniques are not mandatory, it allows for more experimentation for those wishing to push beyond plain weave. Participants may also choose to incorporate found objects or other fiber techniques such as embroidery in the work.

Each tapestry should not measure more than 10″ in any direction, and for 3-D relief tapestries, work should not extend beyond 2″ as all of the tapestries will be mounted on the wall. Remember–ATA is moving to CaFE for all exhibition submissions! Visit CaFE.org today to establish your FREE account. Entries for Tiny But Mighty open March 1 and close on May 1, 2022. Go here for more details regarding group participation, shipping, and installation instructions.


This show is held every two years in conjunction with Convergence, the international fiber art conference of the Handweavers Guild of America. This extremely popular exhibit attracts entries from tapestry artists around the world. All tapestries that are submitted are accepted. A show catalog and return shipping is included as part of the entry fee.

For new weavers it is a wonderful opportunity to have work included in an exhibition. Experienced weavers enjoy the opportunity to experiment with new ideas and techniques. Weavers who submit as a group will have their tapestries grouped in the catalog under the group name. Your tapestry can fit within the traditional definitions of tapestry or push the boundaries. Multimedia work is welcome.

Past Unjuried Small Format Shows

Renditions 2020

Renditions 2020, the unjuried small format exhibition that was to take place in conjunction with Convergence 2020, became an online exhibition due to COVID-19. Go here to see nearly 300 tapestries that were a part of the exhibition!

The Biggest Little Tapestries in the World!

The Biggest Little Tapestries in the World! was exhibited at the Northwest Reno Public Library, 2325 Robb Drive, in Reno Nevada from July 1-31, 2018. Thanks to the Exhibition Co-Chairs, Judith and Lawrence Romiti, Janna Maria Vallee for organizing the Blog Tour, and additional writing from Barbara Burns, Ellen Bruxvoort, Molly Elkind, Debbie Herd and Tommye Scanlin. Thanks also to Lindsey Marshall for amazing work on designing the catalog. Lindsey was assisted by Natasha Tahaei.

Tapestry Unlimited: 11th international, unjuried small format tapestry exhibition

Tapestry Unlimited was exhibited at the Milwaukee Public Library, Central Branch, 814 Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from July 26 – August 11, 2016. Thanks to the Exhibition Chair, Janna Maria Vallee and her committee, Lindsey Marshall, Catalog Designer, Susan Rubendall, Fran Williamson and Ruth Manning.

UNTITLED/UNJURIED: small format tapestry 2014

UNTITLED/UNJURIED: small format tapestry 2014 was exhibited from July 8 – August 8, 2014 at the University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery, in Providence, Rhode Island. Thanks to all of the artists who entered this show and the Exhibition Committee, Jan Austin, Lindsay Marshall, Joan Bartram and Rosalie Allgair.

Pacific Portals 2012

The 9th, international, Unjuried Small Format Show sponsored by the ATA was held in Long Beach, California from July 7 – August 30, 2012. The exhibit Pacific Portals, featured contemporary tapestries by established and emerging artists who were encouraged to experiment with technique and push boundaries as they worked within the 10 X 10 inch limitation in size.  The exhibit was hung at the Long Beach Public Library – Main Branch. Thanks to the exhibition team: Nicki Bair, Karen Leckart and Merna Strauch.

Enchanted Pathways, 2010

“Enchanted Pathways,” hosted by the William and Joseph Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, included 179 tapestries submitted by artists living in 12 different countries. Thanks to Letty Roller and her exhibition team, Lany Eila, Ann Hackett, Joni Parman, Mary Cost, Virginia de Rochemont, Ken Coleman and Janice Peters, LaDonna Mayer and Katherine Perkins for all their hard work in making this popular show such a success.

Woven Gems, 2008

Tampa, Florida

Grand Ideas, 2006

Grand Rapids, Michigan  View the tapestries in Grand Ideas.

Small Format Frontiers, 2004

Denver, Colorado