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​Group Exhibits

These contemporary collections represent groups of artists or guilds which have taken on projects with a common goal, parameters, and a deadline. The project might focus on a design, theme, color, technique, workshop or a challenge.

Please Note:  All groups are welcome to submit a Group Exhibit, however groups MUST email the Director prior to June 1st in order to make sure that there is adequate exhibit space available and submit the required information. If interested, please email your group name, group meeting place (city & state), project or pattern title, list of participants with contact info, number of pieces, & size of pieces to: Group Exhibit rugs may not be registered until you have received instructions and authorization from the Director.

Here are just some of this year’s Group Exhibits:

The Barn Raising Project

Simcoe County Museum of Ontario, Canada is pleased to present The Barn Raising Project. This travelling exhibit offered in collaboration with the Huronia Branch of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild commemorates our rural roots. Featuring barns, this colorful display of fiber art wall hangings is handcrafted using traditional rug hooking techniques.

As a Door Closes, a Window Opens

A number of contemporary rug hooking artists from the United States and abroad were invited to interpret the quote “As a Door Closes, a Window Opens”. Over the course of six months the artists were asked to stretch themselves whether in technique, color or design, and combine elements into their piece. The only limit being their imagination!

Each participant was selected because of their individual creativity whether it be in rug hooking, needle work, or punch. The criteria for this project was to create an original design, use as many techniques as they wished, and the piece should be no larger than 24" x 18" and no smaller   than 9" x 10". The results of this creative challenge make their debut at Sauder Village.

Curator – Lisanne Miller

Other Group Exhibits 

As a Door Opens, a Window Opens --- National artists

Caswell Impressions --- National & International artists

Flags --- Buffalo Trace Rug Hooking Guild, Indiana

Fluted Vase Challenge --- Miami Valley Rug Hooking Guild, Ohio

June Mikoryak’s Students

Old Maid Cards – Cream City Rug Hooking Guild, Wisconsin

Square Challenge – Northwest Ohio Rughookrafters Guild, Ohio

Sunflower Challenge --- White River Ruggers, Indiana

Tea Cozy --- Buckeye Rug Hooking Guild, Ohio