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International Society of Glass Beadmakers
In preparation for the 2017 Gathering in Las Vegas, Nevada, the ISGB is excited to
announce a Call for Entries for the next installment in the Hands of the Maker series,
Hands of the Maker III: Avant-garde. In this juried exhibition, the focus will be on
pushing the boundaries of the norm; the nontraditional and esthetic innovation of
wearable and functional art.
Hands of the Maker III will be launched in Las Vegas and will be on display during the
celebration of our 25th annual conference. The ISGB Gathering will coincide with
Glass Craft & Bead Expo and will provide an unsurpassed opportunity for exposure
and audience view into our world of glass art.
For this exhibition, as in the previous Hands of the Maker projects, our focus is on the artist’s hands and their breathtaking capabilities. The hands are everything. They help bring a story to life, capture a moment in time, evoke the spirit of our creative process, and they speak through our creative calling.
You are invited to submit finished wearable or functional pieces that speak with an avant-garde voice. Work submitted should provide a focused look at the extraordinary concentration of artistic endeavor and multi-media crossings considered when creating glass art. It should celebrate experimentation and evidence each artist’s skillful ability to exceed beyond past limitations while exploring new possibilities in their work; think progressive, off-beat, unconventional.
Participants must be ISGB members by the date of submission. Glass in any form may be used with complementary mediums, diverse materials, and/or novel variations in technique.
A fee of $25 is due with each submission. An additional fee of $25 is due if selected for the exhibition. Full details on the exhibition are available on our exhibitions page.
January 9, 2017 - $25 fee due with submission. Send color images of the pieces, black & white images of artist hands, and a brief description of the finished work. Images of the work will go through a jury process. If accepted for the exhibition, notifications regarding any photography that needs to be retaken will be sent.
January 20, 2017 - Exhibition selections and jury comments and scores sent out on all submissions.
February 2, 2017 - $25 acceptance fee due. ISGB strives to keep our commitment to maximize exposure for our member artists. Due to a rise in shipping fees, we are forced to offset these costs with an additional acceptance fee. We think you will find that the value received by participating in ISGB exhibitions is worth this fee.
March 1, 2017 - Finished pieces, a full retail price list, and artist contact information due.
Pay your entry fee online.
Complete the online application form here.
Upload your images here.
Photo courtesy Beth Williams, Artist
Photo courtesy Diane Sepanski & Kathryn Guler, Artists