The Fifth American Tapestry Biennial (ATB5) opened in Denver, Colorado, June 10, 2004 at the Center for the Visual Arts at the Metropolitan State College of Denver. Tapestryartist, Monique Lehman of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, is the exhibit chair for this biennial show.
Sponsored by The American Tapestry Alliance, ATB5 is an international competition for artists working in hand woven tapestry. The jurors for this Biennial were Alice Zrebiec, Ph.D., Textile Curator, Denver Art Museum; Tomas Osinski, architect and consultant, Tomas Osinski Design, Inc., Los Angeles; and Professor Wlodek Cygan, Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland.
Thirty-nine artists were accepted for ATB5 from over two hundred US and international entries. Overall, thirteen countries will be represented at the exhibit; five artists are from Canada, two artists each are from Latvia, Hungary and Norway, and one artist each from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Switzerland, and Ukraine. The remaining artists are from the USA.
All the tapestries in this exhibit are hand woven and display a wide variety of techniques and artistic styles.
The Biennial will be shown at Dorr Mill from September 20 till the end of the year. It is just off I-91 which is the main artery North from Connecticut into the Vermont- New Hampshire border. It is also relatively accessible from route 89 or 91 major roads, close to Vermont, Dartmouth even Massachusetts.
The exhibit will end at the Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN, from March 1st until May 1st, 2005, B.J. Shigaki, Director.
The American Tapestry Alliance, founded in 1982, is a non profit, educational organization whose purpose is to promote awareness of and appreciation of woven tapestries. It has over 325 members and offers a quarterly newsletter, several educational programs, and organizes tapestry exhibits.