Exemplary Entry Information
Exemplary Eligibility & Entry Rules
Each entry will be judged on its own merits, regardless of source. Ribbons for first, second, third and honorable mention are available for each category. Best of Show (Jean Taggart Award) will be selected from the first place winners. Ribbons will be awarded at the sole discretion of the judges and the judges' decisions are final. Each judge also has the option to select one entry to receive a Judge's Choice award.
Three awards representing the Academy's goals of excellence, innovation, and heart will be presented by the Academy's Board of Directors:
There are four sponsored awards:
Finally, each person attending the exhibit may nominate an entry for The Favorite award which will be presented at the Awards Banquet to the piece with the most nominations.
Categories for Judged Entries
Amateur and professional work will be judged separately. A professional is a person who is trained through continuous years of experience and education in the field of needlework. This includes designing and/or teaching, holding certification, or belonging to a group such as Fiber Forum. This also includes designers and shop owners/employees who teach needlework on a regular basis for a monetary consideration, or anyone who considers him/herself to be a professional.
Categories for Non-judged Entries
These displays are not judged and are not eligible for awards.
What if you had only ONE STITCH to USE ???
How many variations of it could you think of ?? What could you do with it???
With a minimum of seven variations, and a Maximum of ten, choose a stitch in any technique, canvas or surface. Create a composition in any technique, in any subject suitable for a public gallery. The maximum size should be 12" x 16" framed.
Any additional embellishments should be harmonious with the stitch chosen and the subject matter.
These can be entered in the Exemplary next year of course. See the 2014 Brochure for entering information. Let’s see what we can do with a little bit of a challenge!
Any entry, judged or not, may be offered for sale through the exhibit for a 30% commission payable to the National Academy of Needlearts at the time of sale. (The 30% commission applies to sales or to work commissioned during the exhibit or as a result of exhibiting for 90 days following the exhibit.) The seller is responsible for setting the sale price. Sales are for in-person delivery only, with delivery after the end of the exhibit. Work may not be removed from the exhibit prior to its closing. The buyer or seller must make arrangements for packing or shipping.
Each year a highly qualified judge is selected to critique entries. At the entrant's discretion, a one-page critique is available to any entry, judged or not, including Certification pieces.
Fee: $25 per critique.
With the entrant's permission, the Academy photographs distinctive pieces for educational and archival purposes and for use on the Academy Web site. No other photography will be allowed without further permission from the entrant.
Details about registering a piece for the Exemplary will be made available nearer to the date of the Assembly.
Send Entry Form, Artist Statement, and fees, no later than February 15, 2014 to
Ship entries to arrive no later than March 10, 2014 at:
Personally deliver entries to the NAN Exhibit at the Somerset Inn on March 12 at 8:00 AM
Late arrivals will be displayed but not judged.
Pick-up entries at
Entries pre-registered for return shipping will be shipped immediately after the exhibit.
Entries may not be removed from the exhibit prior to pick-up time.
While care will be taken with all entries, The Academy and Somerset Inn are not responsible for loss or damage. Please check that your homeowner's insurance policy adequately covers your entries.
The Academy and Somerset Inn reserve the right to refuse to exhibit any entry that either party deems inappropriate. The Academy also reserves the right to reclassify any judged entry that is entered in an incorrect category.
Artist Statements are required for each entry (preferably emailed in Word format to Inez Giles ) and will be displayed on a card with the piece. Briefly (150 words or less) state important information about your piece, e.g., inspiration, thread, etc. Note any changes in stitch, thread, etc. for non-original pieces. The exhibit personnel reserve the right to edit the Artist Statement.
For more information, contact NAN's Exemplary Administrator.
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