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For Immediate Release

Contact:  Linda Wallace, ATA Co-Director
email:  yellowcedar [at] shaw.ca
Alexandra Friedman, Exhibition Coordinator
email: alexfriedmanata [at] gmail.com


American Tapestry Biennial 6 Features International Selection of

Contemporary Hand Woven Tapestry

October 6, 2006 – January 7, 2007 at the Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington

San Jose - The international juried American Tapestry Biennial 6 opens October 6, 2006 at the Bellevue Arts Museum.  The exhibition, which was organized by the American Tapestry Alliance, includes 39 tapestries, featuring artists from thirteen countries.  The works selected for the exhibition highlight the variety of artistic expression practiced today in the medium of hand woven tapestry.

The jurors for this Biennial were Lotus Stack, Curator of Textiles, Minneapolis Art Institute; and Shelly Goldsmith, internationally known artist and Senior Lecturer, Textile Department, Winchester School of Art, University of Southhampton, UK.  The exhibition ran June 9, 2006 through July 31, 2006 at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, Michigan.  After the showing in Bellevue, the exhibition travels to the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, California, April 17, 2007 through July 8, 2007.

The mission of the American Tapestry Alliance is to share and preserve the knowledge and practice of tapestry art by supporting, promoting and educating audiences about contemporary hand woven tapestry.  Tapestry’s rich history and its unique ability to render images in the tactile medium of cloth offer contemporary artists a powerful vehicle for expressing both aesthetic and conceptual concerns.  ATA supports this creative endeavor through a diverse range of services and programs.  Professional exhibitions present the vital field of contemporary tapestry to a broad audience, including critics, curators and art historians.  Educational programs assist artists in individual career development.

ATA was founded in 1982 by artist/weavers Hal Painter and Jim Brown to foster communication and collaboration among isolated tapestry weavers across the country.  In its twenty-five year history, ATA has served over 800 member weavers and organized eight international exhibitions.  Today, ATA has over 425 active members representing artists from sixteen nations worldwide. The American Tapestry Alliance is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization supported by grants, membership dues, contributions, and a broad base of volunteers. 

Support for the American Tapestry Biennial 6 and its accompanying catalog was provided by Friends of Fiber Art International and members of the American Tapestry Alliance.

The Bellevue Arts Museum is located at 50 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004. (425)519-0770 Exhibition hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5:30p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Closed Mondays.  $7 adults, $5 seniors, students and members free. 

If you have questions, please contact us at webeditor@americantapestryalliance.org