The HGA Award honors outstanding exhibited works of fiber art which clearly demonstrate excellence, specifically: handweaving, handspinning, dyeing, basketry, felting, and related fiber arts.
HGA Affiliate Guild Members and HGA Professional Organization Members sponsoring or hosting a fiber art exhibit may request an HGA Award to honor outstanding exhibited works of fiber art which fit the award criteria.
The HGA Award includes a certificate of accomplishment and a handwoven ribbon. Award winners will have their work published in Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, HGA’s quarterly member magazine, so it may be appreciated by our international readership of fiber artists, enthusiasts, and collectors.
Eligibility Requirements and Exhibit Criteria
- Exhibitions must be sponsored or hosted by an HGA Affiliate Guild Member or an HGA Professional Organization Member.
- Exhibitions or fashion shows must be juried.
- In the case of textile conferences, the juried for acceptance requisite may be waived, provided entries are judged for awards at the conference.
- Fashion shows may entail a runway component but must be hung for public display.
- Mixed media shows must include an appreciable number of fiber art pieces.
- State Fairs or Provincial exhibits must provide an Arts Gallery for the juried show.
- Exhibit must be open to the public for a minimum of one day or be part of a textile conference.
- The award is not available for demonstrations or contests.
- Award requests must be made at least three months (90 days) before the date of the exhibit.
- If no entry meets the outlined criteria, the HGA Award must be returned to the HGA office.
- Winners must submit digital image of winning entry with the HGA Award Digital Publicity Permission Form.
- Must be limited to a work of handweaving, spinning, basketry, dyeing, or related fiber arts.
- Must embody a unique interpretation; demonstrate a fresh, individual approach, and express personal creativity.
- Must exemplify a complete understanding of both aesthetic and functional considerations.
- Must demonstrate excellence in technical skills.