Convergence and Member’s Retreat


Convergence is a biennial conference organized by the Handweavers Guild of America. Usually held in even years, the conference consists of lectures, workshops, exhibitions, vendor fairs, and much more. The American Tapestry Alliance partners with the HGA by hosting a post-conference workshop known as the Members’ Retreat and presentations known as the Speakers’ Session. The Speakers’ Session features presentations from the instructors who are leading the Members’ Retreat and is open to any Convergence attendee, whether or not they are a member of ATA.

Speakers’ Session

The Speakers Session was held on Monday, July 18 from Noon to 4:00 PM at the Downtown Marriott, Henley Street, Room A3, Hope Ballroom. Free and open to all. Join fellow weavers as we hear what inspires two well-known tapestry artists in their artistic practice. Fiona Hutchison from Edinburgh, Scotland, and Jennifer Sargent from Memphis, TN will be speaking in addition to a brief introduction and organizational update by ATA’s Board President, Shelley Socolofsky.

ATA is thrilled to announce that Digi-slam is returning for Convergence 2022! Thanks to Michael Rohde for organizing this opportunity for members to share their work in a digital slide show format during ATA’s Speakers Session. Entries are closed now for this year’s Digi-slam, but it will be available to members in the Members’ Only section after Convergence.

2022 Members’ Retreat

The Members’ Retreat Workshops were held Tuesday-Friday, July 19-22, from 9 am to 5 pm. Please keep an eye out for upcoming workshops organized by ATA!