SEMINAR 2012 Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
August 24-31, 2012
Exhibit Rules | Exhibit Categories | Special Awards 2012 | Entry Forms | Quest XV | Release of Photo Form
1. Entry in the Exhibit is restricted to members of ANG in good standing, youth entries, and invited entries. All entries must conform to the ANG definition of needlepoint: “counted or free stitchery worked by hand with a threaded needle on a readily countable ground.”
2. Works entered in previous ANG Seminar Exhibits are not eligible for entry, except for pieces that were previously entered in non-judged categories.
3. The Exhibit Entry Form and the information it contains are the responsibility of the exhibitor: submission to the proper category is the exhibitor’s responsibility. If the judges decide that a piece has been entered in the improper category, the piece may be moved to the correct category after a reasonable attempt has been made to contact the exhibitor. The decision of the judges is final. All entries submitted for judging will be judged unless disqualified.
4. An Artist’s Statement must be included with an entry in the Original and Adaptation categories. Do not include your name on the statement, only the name of the entry. The statement must be typed and double-spaced.
5. A written critique by one of the Exhibit judges is available for a fee of $25 per critique when requested on the Exhibit Entry Form.
6. At the conclusion of the Exhibit, the Exhibit Report Form will be provided to each exhibitor with the judges’ scores.
7. ANG strongly recommends that no item framed under glass or Plexiglas be submitted. Aside from breakage in transit, needlework under glass creates a glare. It is difficult to judge these items because light reflection casts shadows and stitches may appear distorted. Any piece with glass or Plexiglas will automatically have five (5) points deducted from the score in the finishing element, unless the judges deem such use is an integral part of the design and/or presentation.
8. No entry shall exceed 132 inches circumference, including the frame, or weigh more than 10 pounds. Any questions should be directed to the VP for Education.
9. Pieces to be hung must have picture wire from edge to edge, with no saw-tooth, center-hanging devices. Exhibitor may include suggestions for display, but the final decision will be ANG’s.
10. Complete Section I of the Exhibit Entry Form on page 44 for each entry. Mail Section I of the form with a check for fees (payable to ANG, Inc.) to Sue Edquist, 1080 Marigold Lane, Hartford, WI 53027-9298, (262) 397-8718, Exhibit@needlepoint.org . Entry form(s) must be postmarked no later than June 29, 2012. Please include the ANG Photo Release form (www.needlepoint.org/forms/angphotorelease.pdf ) with your Section I form.
11. The Exhibitor is responsible for adequately insuring pieces during transit. ANG will provide insurance for the stated value of the item while it is in our custody. If you do not specify a value, ANG will insure the entry for $125.
12. Shipped entries must arrive no later than July 20, 2012. Ship to Ann I. Warner, 301 W. Lea Blvd., Wilmington, DE 19802. If you hand-deliver your Exhibit pieces to the Exhibit site, they must be presented to the Exhibit Chair on Thursday, August 23, by noon. Pack your piece in a sturdy container with adequate packing materials that can be reused for return shipping. Do not use loose peanuts to pack your piece.
13. The exhibitor must include a prepaid return shipping label with sufficient insurance coverage from UPS or FedEx if they wish their piece to be returned in a timely manner. If the exhibitor fails to include a prepaid shipping label, they will be billed for shipping and pieces will not be returned until the shipping bill is paid. This could mean a delay of a month or more before the piece is returned. Any pieces that remain unclaimed 30 days after the close of Seminar will be donated to the ANG Auction.
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Pewaukee, WI 53072-4458
For judging purposes, ANG distinguishes between the nonprofessional and the professional as follows:
Non-Professional: Anyone who, at the time of entry submission and previously, engages in needlework as a pastime and for pleasure rather than for financial gain. Teaching, presenting programs/lectures for guilds or without compensation, or community service will not change the status of a non-professional.
Professional: Anyone who, at the time of entry submission and previously, engages in needlework as a teacher, judge, artist/designer, lecturer, author, or stitches for commissioned work and who receives earned remuneration.
The ANG Exhibit judged categories:
1. ORIGINAL is a unique, one-of-a-kind design, interpreted within the ANG definition of needlepoint from the mind and hands of the artist/stitcher to whom it is credited. The design should bear no recognizable influence from other needlepoint sources. Any stitch that can be accomplished with a threaded needle may be used in the interpretation of the design. A typed, double-spaced Artist's Statement must accompany each original entry, along with the original sketches and/or photographs, and include an explanation of inspirational sources. Unusual techniques and materials used in the development of the design or execution of the finished work must be explained. The original entry must be the work of the exhibiting artist, with no outside help from any other person.
2. ADAPTATION is a design translated or adapted from a design source created in a medium other than needlepoint. The adaptation may be an exact visual needlepoint reproduction of the original design or may contain easily recognizable elements from that design. Any stitch that can be accomplished with a threaded, handheld needle may be used in the interpretation of the design. A typed, double-spaced Artist's Statement must accompany each adaptation entry, along with the original sketches or photographs, and include an explanation of inspirational sources. Unusual techniques and materials used in the development of the design or execution of the finished work must be explained. The adaptation must be the work of the exhibiting artist, with no outside help from any other person.
3. INDEPENDENT PROJECT is a design worked without person-to-person interaction, without a teacher in a physical classroom environment, for example, Workshop by Mail, needlepoint book, graph, chart, leaflet, line drawing, or kit.
4. PAINTED DESIGN without STITCH GUIDE is needlepoint worked on a pre-painted or stamped canvas or on a canvas designed for the exhibitor. The choice of stitches, threads, and colors are those of the exhibitor.
5. PAINTED DESIGN with STITCH GUIDE is needlepoint worked on a pre-painted or stamped canvas or on a canvas designed for the exhibitor, accompanied by instructions or suggestions for stitches, threads, and/or color choices. This includes painted canvas embellishment classes in which the instructor provides individualized stitch and thread suggestions. A stitch guide includes written or verbal instructions or suggestions given to the stitcher for stitches, threads, or colors.
6. CLASS PROJECT is needlepoint worked with person-to-person interaction between the student and the teacher, usually in a physical classroom environment (i.e., Seminars, shops, chapter meetings, and workshops). It also includes Correspondence Courses and CyberWorkshops. The teacher and the title of the class must be listed.
The ANG Exhibit non-judged categories:
7. NON-JUDGED is any entry the stitcher does not wish to have judged or voted upon by registrants.
8. YOUTH is a non-judged category with no entry fee and is limited to two entries per person. Current age of stitcher must be less than 16 years old. The stitcher is not required to be an ANG member, but must be sponsored by an ANG member.
Special Awards 2012
The PRINCESS GRACE AWARD may be given to any entry, in any judged category, that is worked entirely in the tent stitch without embellishments such as beads or other attachments, in order to maintain the purity of the stitching technique. The tent stitch is defined as going over one intersection from lower left to upper right with no backstitches, seed stitches, or outline stitches.
The Sampler Award may be given to an entry that is a collection of patterns, stitches, and techniques put together in a convenient reference form on a readily counted ground. The award may be given for an entry in any category, including historical reproductions and class projects, that meet the stated criteria.
The CREATIVE INSPIRATION AWARD may be given for a piece in the Original or Adaptation category that the judges decide is best in creative design, and its elements, which includes the use of color. An artist’s statement must accompany the entry.
The WEARABLEART AWARD may be given to an entry in the Original, Adaptation, or Painted Design without Stitch Guide category that the judges decide demonstrates the most creative wearable canvas embroidery, excluding name tags.
The SMALL MASTERPIECE AWARD may be given for an entry (piece or set), in any judged category, with the length plus width of the stitched area of a two-dimensional piece being less than or equal to ten (10) inches, or the length plus width plus depth of the stitched area of a three-dimensional piece being less than or equal to fifteen (15) inches. If an entry consists of multiple pieces, they shall be judged for this award if each piece in the set fits the criteria of a Small Masterpiece.
The SILK AND METAL AWARD may be given for a piece in the Original or Adaptation category that is worked entirely in silk and metallic and/or metal threads, which the judges decide is the best use of these threads.
The FOUNDERS AWARD may be given to any entry in the Class Project category that demonstrates the student’s development of the project, including presenting the finished stitched piece in a different format or doing multiples of the same project.
For the 2012 Philadelphia Exhibit, “Red, White, and Blue” has been selected for the President’s Choice AWARD. The award may be given for a piece in the Original, Adaptation, Independent Project, or Class Project category for the most creative and effective use of the colors red, white, and blue.
The FIRST-TIME EXHIBITOR AWARD may be given to an entry in any judged category that is stitched by a first-time exhibitor. A first time exhibitor is defined as a person entering the Exhibit for the very first time. Anyone who has entered anything in a non-judged or judged category, whether non-professional or professional, in a past Exhibit is excluded. Also excluded are teaching pieces for past or future seminars, and distant learning and certification programs.
The NINA M. GOERRES AWARD may be given to an entry in any judged category that the judges decide demonstrates the most creative embroidery with a Christmas theme. The special ribbon center for this ribbon is stitched by donors of this award.
The Hilton STITCH AWARD may be given to an entry that demonstrates the most effective use of Hilton stitches. An entry in any category may qualify for this ribbon
The exhibit entry form is available on this website in Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format). You can download the Adobe Acrobat Reader, free of charge, at Adobe's website.
Entry forms (PDF format)
Exhibit Entry Part II (PDF format)
QUEST XIX SEASONS
Celebrating ANG’s 40 years of excellence, Quest Challenge XIX invites all needle artists to demonstrate their talent by creating needlepoint interpretations of the theme, “Seasons,” to be displayed at the ANG Seminar 2012 Exhibit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Members are encouraged to enjoy this opportunity to explore ideas for original interpretation and translation of the Quest theme. “Seasons” offers a wide variety of design options. Consider the seasons of the year, the seasons of life, the colors of the seasons, the celebrations and seasonal activities that offer limitless possibilities. Historical as well as contemporary research can supply the stitcher with even more ideas for highly creative compositions.
Stitched pieces may be entered in the Original and Adaptation judged categories or in the non-judged category of the Exhibit, and must be designated on the entry form as being Quest entries. While technical ability is always a factor, it is not a primary consideration. Creative interpretation is the key to your success in the Quest Challenge. As you let your creativity soar, the primary concern must be excellence in design and interpretation of the theme. Quest entries will be evaluated by a panel of qualified judges.
An Artist’s Statement explaining the design and the interpretation of the theme is required and must accompany each Quest entry. The Artist’s Statement will become part of the Quest program archives. The judges will evaluate the relativity of the written material to the design and stitched needlepoint, and write a brief evaluation. Qualifying entries will receive the judges’ brief evaluation and a special Quest Certificate of Participation.
QUEST XIX is sponsored by the ANG Judging Certification
Release of Photo Forms
You can complete the consent for Release of Photos that is required for Exhibit winning pictures used in Needle Pointers or on the Web Site. Click here to see the form. This form will help all those who are planning on entering the Exhibit at Seminar by giving you a little extra time to secure the written consent from the designer when necessary. When completed, mail to the current Exhibit Chair. The name and address are listed on the inside back cover of Needle Pointers
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