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Backyard Escape   •   various locations
Deadline:  March 1, 2020
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Sacred Threads special call for entries as a part of our mission to support healing art in hospitals.

This exhibit will debut in 2020 at the National Institutes of Heath Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD (outside Washington, D.C.). Additional venues to include the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI and UChicago Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

Lisa Ellis (Sacred Threads Chair) and Barbara Hollinger (Sacred Threads Curator)

Seeking 18”x 24” art quilts for hospital galleries.

What brings you peace in your backyard? Either real or imaginary, urban or rural, micro (e.g., blade of grass) or macro (e.g., expansive view of a lake). What brings you tranquility? The color palette, or the light in morning or evening. Let your imagination or your photo collection inspire you to create something beautiful for the hospital setting for patients and their families.

We are looking for a variety of artwork styles that express peace and tranquility whether in the very abstract or somewhere on the spectrum of realism.

A Few Specifics:
- 18” (w) x 24” (h)
- An art quilt is defined by Studio Art Quilt Associates as “a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure”.
- A brief artist statement, and descriptions of techniques and materials will be requested, for the curators view only. The hospital wall label will only include the title, and the artist name, and location. Let your artwork’s imagery stand on its own.
- Artworks must be for sale. Hospital commissions support the hospital's missions. NIH commission is a tax-deductible 20%.
- There is no made by date.

- Interest Form by October 31, 2019 (optional but helpful for planning). Link on Sacred Threads website.
- Quilt Form with images of completed quilt by March 1, 2020
- Notifications emailed by April 1, 2020
- Selected quilts to arrive to Sacred Threads in Virginia, April 10, 2020
- Opening May - July 2020 at NIH
- Travel schedule to Chicago and Michigan dates TBD