FANTASTIC FIBERS is an international juried exhibition that seeks to showcase a wide range of outstanding works related to the fiber medium.
One of Yeiser Art Center’s most engaging, innovative & colorful international exhibits, Fantastic Fibers is an inspirational “must see” for fine artists, quilters and textile art enthusiasts across the globe.


JUROR: John Hopper

John Hopper is editor and chief of Inspirational, the international contemporary art publication. He is committed to the promotion of emerging contemporary artists.

Big thanks to our generous exhibition sponsor!


The show began in 1987 as a wearable art show but has evolved over the years to include a compelling mix of traditional and non-traditional works created from natural or synthetic fibers, and work that addresses the subject or medium of fiber. The FANTASTIC FIBERS 2017 exhibit is an American Quilter’s Society (AQS) sanctioned event and selected works will be seen by thousands of viewers. Paducah becomes a Mecca for quilters and quilt enthusiasts each April as more than 30,000 visitors from across the globe attend AQS QuiltWeek. This year’s AQS QuiltWeek dates are April 26 – 29, 2017.


Contemporary and innovative works created with fiber as the primary medium are welcome. This exhibition is open to all artists 18 years and over working in the field of fiber art. All work submitted must be original, completed in the last three years and not previously exhibited in a FANTASTIC FIBERS exhibition. There are no size restrictions. Up to five entries per artist are permitted with an entry fee of $25 per piece. All selected artworks will be featured in full color catalog produced by Yeiser Art Center for sale during the exhibition. Selected artists for exhibit will receive a complementary copy of the exhibition catalog. FANTASTIC FIBERS 2017 will be on display at Yeiser Art Center from April 22 to June 17, 2017.


Entries are now submitted solely online through CaFE, a call for entry hosting site. Click here to enter the CaFE site. If one or more of your works should be accepted into the show, you will receive subsequent instructions on final presentation. No more than 5 individual artworks may be submitted by any artist. A nonrefundable entry fee of $25 is required for each entry submitted for consideration. Entries submitted via email or mail to the Yeiser Art Center will not be accepted.

Exhibition dates: April 22 – June 17, 2016


All entries selected for exhibition will be notified by February 24, 2017.  Work must arrive at the Yeiser Art Center no later than April 1, 2017.

Accepted entries must be shipped prepaid and include prepaid return shipping with label. Only FedEX and UPS shippers are allowed. All work, if not framed, must come with museum quality display hardware and instructions for hanging. Additional instructions will be sent to accepted entrants. For specific shipping or presentation questions or concerns, please call the Yeiser Art Center at 270-442-2453, or email


$1,750 will be awarded.
•    $1,000 First Place
•    $500 Second Place
•    $250 Third Place


Sales will be encouraged where works are offered for purchase, but work need not be for sale to enter. Yeiser Art Center will keep the standard gallery 40% commission on all sales, so price your work accordingly. Work will be insured for the duration of the exhibition for the value of the work, or 60% of the retail price. Artists are responsible for insuring their work during transit to and from the Yeiser.


Yeiser Art Center will take all due care in the handling of entries but cannot accept any financial liability for loss or damage of any entry that is not picked up in due time or provided with a return shipping label. If an artist fails to pick up work or provide a return shipping label during the work return period, after 30 days, the Yeiser Art Center shall have the right at its discretion to dispose of the work as they see fit. Artists not wishing to pay for return shipping may request the work to be destroyed or allow the Yeiser Art Center to sell the work to support the organization’s mission.


YAC, under its policy subject to the standard exclusions, will insure objects that are contained at YAC. Insurance will be placed on the wholesale value amount specified by the consignor. This price must reflect the fair market retail value. If the Exhibitor fails to indicate a fair market value, YAC will set a value for purposes of insurance for the period of the loan. The amount payable by this insurance is the sole recovery available to the Exhibitor in the amount of loss or damage. If the Exhibitor elects to maintain his/her own insurance coverage, YAC must be supplied with a certificate of insurance naming YAC as additional insurers or waiving rights of subrogation. YAC shall not be responsible for any error or deficiency in information furnished to the Exhibitor’s insurer or for any lapses in coverage. If no insurance is to be carried, this loan agreement shall constitute the agreement of the Exhibitor to release and hold harmless YAC from any liability for damage to or loss of the loaned property.


FANTASTIC FIBERS is a juried competition. All entry fees are nonrefundable. There is no assurance implied that any given entry or group of entries will be juried into the show and included for display in the final exhibition.


Contemporary and innovative works created with fiber as the primary medium are welcome. This exhibition is open to everyone 18 years and over working in the field of fiber art. All work submitted must be original, completed in the last three years and not previously exhibited in a FANTASTIC FIBERS exhibition.


Participating artists retain ownership of their work but in consideration for inclusion in the exhibition grant Fantastic Fibers the right, without compensation, to reproduce images of the accepted and displayed work for the sole purpose of press releases, web site inclusion, marketing and the promotion of present and future Fantastic Fibers competitions.

In 2016, YAC received 573 entries from 15 countries and 41 states. From that, juror Danielle Kelly, executive director of the Surface Design Association, chose 49 pieces by 47 artist from 21 states and 4 countries for inclusion in this fantastic exhibition.

2016 Accepted Artists:

Ani Afshar, Scott Andresen, Eideres Aparicio, Dominique Arlot, Nancy Bardach, Astrid Hilger Bennett, Whitney Bingham, Diane Bronstein, Anna Burger-Martindale, Erika Carter, Jocelyn Chateauvert, Anna Chupa Piece, Gerrie Congdon, LaShawnda Crowe Storm, Rita Davis, Jackie deRuyter, Jennifer Drinkwater, Bronwyn Elkuss, Holly Fischer, Xia Gao, Ania Gilmore, Susan Hotchkis, Laurie Ihlenfield, Colleen Kole, Kandy Lopez, Heather Macali, Jolly Jack, Bob Mosier, Chris Motley, Marie-Elena Ottman, Frauke Palmer, Brenda Raynard, Jenna Richards, Roz Ritter, Ashley Rougeaux-Burnes, Lois Schklar, Roxanne Schwartz, Ashley Smith, Carol Sogard, Jean Sredl, Beth Stewart-Ozark, Connie Stover, Tiziana Tateo, Susie Taylor, Carol Waugh, Jenny Williams, Angie Zielinski

A Full Color Catalog will be available for purchase! All works are detailed in this 8.5 x 11 inch catalog with complementary text about the artists and artworks.