Call for Submissions: Design a Block for the Spun Community Quilt

Monday, April 22, 2013Sunday, September 22, 2013
Hamilton Building - Level 1
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Design a 2-feet-wide-by-3-feet-tall fabric or textile block for our larger-than-life sized community quilt in the Hamilton Building atrium. The Spun Community Quilt will be on view in the Hamilton Building's El Pomar Grand Atrium as part of the DAM’s Spun: Adventures in Textiles campus-wide exhibition this summer.

Get creative! Express yourself! Tell your personal or collective story using artwork, mementos, knickknacks, and other items—almost anything you can attach to a fabric ground. Blocks can be individual creations or collaborative projects.

The final submission drop-off date is August 12, 10 am–4 pm. Submit the pre-registration form by 3 pm the day before drop-off. The drop-off is happening at the Denver Art Museum’s administrative offices at 414 14th St (not 14th Avenue). Contact Jenna Madison at 30055 from the lobby to enter.

Your block can include photographs, autographs, drawings, painted pieces, embroidery, textile art, small objects, photo film negatives, or whatever you can attach to a 2-by-3 vertical fabric ground—but you will need to limit the weight of the piece to 1.5 pounds or less, and not all materials will be accepted. No plants, liquids, living, hazardous, or unsafe materials are allowed. Your block must include 2 side-by-side reinforced holes at each corner in order to attach it to the Spun Community Quilt (see diagram below).

Please note: submissions will not be returned. Due to limited space not all submissions will be included.

Submission Guidelines

We ask that projects not include the following materials due to the risks posed to other artworks in the building, DAM property, or the health and safety of visitors and staff:

  • water
  • liquids
  • plants
  • animals and insects
  • feathers and fur
  • soil
  • balloons
  • food items
  • hazardous materials (for example: highly flammable or explosive materials, asbestos, solvents, biohazards, heavy metals, etc.)

Due to the risk of infestation of harmful insects that may spread to damage other artworks in the museum, we ask the following:

  • All textiles used must be freshly washed or dry cleaned (new materials are preferable) and sealed in plastic to be frozen for two weeks by the DAM.
  • Any wood or lumber used must show no evidence of damage from termites or other wood-boring insects. Such damage would include small holes where insects have bored into the wood or the presence of “frass”—sawdust, insect parts, and insect waste. 

Submissions including wood and/or textiles will need to be inspected as they are brought into the building and will need to be isolated to the exhibition area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Now that you’re ready to create your block for the Spun Community Quilt here are a few important things to keep in mind as you begin to brainstorm, design and craft your block.

General Information

Where will my submission go?

The Spun Community Quilt will unfold throughout the summer down the four-story wall adjacent to the Quilt Studio in the Hamilton Building's El Pomar Grand Atrium. Submissions will be installed at intervals through September 2, 2013.

Who can participate?

Any Colorado resident! Everyone can get creative and contribute.

Participants can be:

  • any age
  • any skill level
  • from anywhere in Colorado
  • groups or individuals

What form can submissions take?

Designs should be 2-D or 3-D, but must be attached to a 2’ x 3’ vertical fabric or textile back and must not exceed 1.5 pounds. Please note that electrical, audio, and video components in submissions cannot be accommodated.

Is there a size limit?

We have limited space, so your block must meet the size and weight requirements. While the materials and content of individual blocks can vary, all blocks must be 2’ x 3’ in order to be attached to the Spun Community Quilt. Please note that electrical, audio, and video components in submissions cannot be accommodated.

Can a group submit a piece?

Yes.  Whether you want to work on your design as a family, with friends or as a neighborhood, group submissions are welcome.

Is there a selection process?

Everyone who submits a work that meets the conservation requirements listed below and meets the size and weight requirements will be considered for display, however due to limited space some submissions may not be included. Please read the list of materials that are prohibited in accordance with conservation requirements carefully; any designs that are deemed unsafe will not be allowed in the museum.

Can I submit more than one piece?

Due to limited space, only one submission per person (or organization) is allowed.

Are there materials that I cannot use?

Yes. We want to protect the artwork that is already on display in the museum, so some materials are off limits. This includes soil, living, liquid, hazardous or unsafe materials. Full list of materials that are prohibited in accordance with conservation requirements:

  • water
  • liquids
  • plants
  • animals and insects
  • feathers and fur
  • soil
  • food items
  • balloons
  • hazardous materials (highly flammable or explosive materials, asbestos, solvents, biohazards, heavy metals, etc.)

Due to the risk of infestation of harmful insects that may spread to other artworks, we ask the following:

All textiles used must be new and/or freshly washed or dry cleaned.

Any wood or lumber used must show no evidence of damage from termites or other wood-boring insects. This includes small holes or the presence of “frass”—sawdust, insect parts, and insect waste.

Conservation staff will be on hand during the drop-off day and will inspect each submitted piece. The Denver Art Museum reserves the right to deny access to any submission deemed unsafe. 

How soon will my piece be on display?

Due to conservation considerations, all submissions will be frozen for two weeks prior to being placed on display.

What are the important dates to know?

Submission drop-off days: Monday, July 1, and Monday, August 12, 10 am–4 pm

The Spun Community Quilt will be on view Sunday, May 19–Sunday, September 22.

What do I need to do prior to drop-off day?

Please take a few minutes to fill out the submission pre-registration form and submit it by 3 pm the day before drop-off. This will save you time on drop-off day, as we already will have all of your contact information and release forms completed.  Please seal your submission in plastic (Ziploc-like bags are preferable) with your first and last name clearly printed on the bag.

Where do I go?

On July 1, the drop-off is happening at the Hamilton Building dock, off 12th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock streets.

On August 12, the drop-off is happening at the Denver Art Museum’s administrative offices at 414 14th St (not 14th Avenue). Contact Jenna Madison at 30055 from the lobby to enter.

Where do I park?

There are several parking options:

Cultural Complex Garage: The most convenient place to park when visiting the museum is the garage at 12th Avenue and Broadway. It opens daily at 6 am. Enter the garage from 12th Avenue just west of Broadway. Parking rates, which start at $1 per hour, are posted inside the entrance.

Parking Lots & Meters: Several unattended parking lots and hundreds of metered parking spaces are located within walking distance of the museum and its administrative offices. The administrative offices are located at 414 14th St (not Avenue).

Visit the Hours, Location & Parking page for a complete list of parking and transportation options as well as driving directions.

What do I need to bring with me to the DAM that day?

All you need is your block, wrapped in plastic and clearly marked with your first and last name.

What time should I arrive?

We will begin accepting submissions at 10 am and all participants must be in line by 4 pm. We cannot anticipate when the drop-off will be busier or slower, but please allow plenty of time to get to the museum before 4 pm.

How long will drop-off take?

This depends on whether you pre-register your work by filling out the online submission form and how many submissions we receive. By pre-registering and following all of the conservation guidelines (see Prohibited Materials above) you can minimize your time in line on drop-off day.

Can I drop off a submission for someone else?

Yes. However, you must have all their information ready.

I can’t make it on July 1 or August 12.  Can I mail my submission in, bring it in early or mail it in?

Unfortunately, we can only accept submissions dropped off in person. The DAM cannot accommodate printing participants’ submissions via mail.  If you cannot make it on these dates, you can have a friend, family member or neighbor drop off your piece for you.

Where will the Spun Community Quilt be displayed?

The Spun Community Quilt will be on view in the Hamilton Building's El Pomar Grand Atrium as part of the DAM’s Spun: Adventures in Textiles campus-wide exhibition this summer.

If I submitted a piece, can I visit the DAM for free?

No, but the Spun Community Quilt will be included in general admission. The DAM offers free general admission on the first Saturday of every month. There will be four free days during the run of Spun: Adventures in Textiles—June 1, July 6, August 3, and September 7. The museum will be open for regular hours, 10 am–5 pm, on these days.  At all other times, entrance will require a general admission ticket. Visit the Ticket Information page for more information.

How will I be able to find my submission in the display?

There will be a list of contributors and the location of their block available for browsing near the Spun Community Quilt.