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Forced to Flee (SAQA Global - All members)   •   Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts
Deadline:  October 31, 2018

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Throughout history people have been forced to flee from their homes for their own safety and survival due to war, oppression, natural disasters, and atrocious human rights violations. The 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees was adopted to address the increasingly growing numbers of people needing protection with the understanding that effective solutions would require international co-operation. That Convention document continues to influence the measures used today to attempt to address the global challenges arising from the current refugee crisis impacting countries across the globe.

Artists are encouraged to illustrate the issues surrounding the global refugee crises, impacts on families and communities, the stress placed on host countries, and the need for new initiatives, funding, and international cooperation to find solutions to the crisis. The selected pieces will not only showcase the artworks, but also encourage the viewer to think deeply and carefully on this timely subject. 

Premiere Location
Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts
at Florida Institute of Technology
Melbourne, Florida
May 25 – August 24, 2019

Juror: Dr. Susan Beryl Marks
Dr. Susan Beryl Marks earned her PhD in Art History from the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom in 2006. She has twice been the President of the Judging Panel for the European Patchwork Meeting, in Alsace, France, and has judged work in other quilt exhibits in Europe. Dr. Marks is currently an Associate Fellow of the International Quilt Study Center, where she is curating an online exhibition.

Exhibition Coordinator:  Brenda Gael Smith
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Size Requirements:
Height: 12" - 132", Width: 12" - 96", Depth: up to 96", Weight: under 40 lbs. for ceiling suspended
works (3D work accepted)


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October 1, 2018: Online Entry Opens
October 31, 2018: Online Entry Deadline (11:59 pm CST)