CLOSED : Call to Entry: All Things Considered 9: Basketry in the 21st Century

Juried Exhibition

American Art Company
Tacoma, Washington
July 20 – September 2, 2017

Sally D. Francisco Gallery
Peters Valley School of Craft
Layton, New Jersey

Society of Arts + Craft
100 Pier 4
Boston, Massachusetts


You are invited to submit work for the NBO biennial juried exhibition: All Things Considered 9. This traveling exhibition will be held in conjunction with the NBO 2017 Biennial Conference. The NBO All Things Considered exhibitions have become an important record of artistic work within traditional and contemporary basketry. They are unique in their focus on basketry and in their inclusion of the full range of work being executed by well-known and emerging artists. The goal of the exhibition is to showcase benchmarks of excellence in traditional and sculptural basketry that demonstrate superior technique and original concept and design. NBO will produce a catalog of the exhibition and artists selected for the exhibition will receive one complimentary copy of the catalog. All work in the show will also be in a gallery of photographs on the NBO website and given exposure in other online media. NBO encourages both established and emerging artist to submit work.

Submissions will be evaluated on concept, design, technique, craftsmanship and creative exploration. It is important to send high quality digital images. Work that differs significantly from the submitted digital image will be ineligible for the exhibition and returned to the artist. Submission to All Things Considered 9 implies that the artwork represented on the digital images will be, if selected by the jurors, available for the duration of the exhibition and the artist understands that all accepted work, without exception, must remain for the duration of the exhibition.

Important Dates

–  February 15, 2017:  Deadline for Exhibition entry, submitted to CaFÉ
–  March 15, 2017: Jury notification sent
–  April 15, 2017: Accepted entry catalog images due
–  June 24 to July 1, 2017: Accepted entries due at the American Art Company
–  April 2018 – Traveling work returned to artists


Multiple Juror’s awards totaling $3000.


Jurors will independently screen all images and make the selection of all work in the exhibition. Entries will be evaluated on concept, design, technique, craftsmanship and creative exploration. Accepted work is subject to final approval by the juror’s representative after the actual work arrives at the American Art Company. Work that differs significantly from the digital image representing it will be ineligible for the exhibition and returned to the artist.


Lloyd E. Herman – NBO is pleased to welcome Lloyd E. Herman as the juror for All Things Considered 9. From 1971 – 1986 Lloyd Herman was the founding Director of the national craft museum of the United States, the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery. He has lectured on American craft throughout the United States as well as Australia, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Japan. Herman is the author of Art That Works: The Decorative Arts of the Eighties, Crafted in America, among many others. Herman is a native of Oregon and lives and works in Seattle, Washington.


All submissions must be submitted through our CaFÉ link. Follow procedures outlined on the website. Required information for submissions:

  1. Name, address (and shipping address if different), telephone number, email address.
  2. Up to 3 works may be submitted. Each work should include one overall image and one detail, up to a total of six images.
  3. Image requirements: images should be no smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side and the resolution set at 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution).
  4. Include retail price for each work submitted. If not for sale, insurance value must accompany submission.
  5. A brief artist statement about your work – Maximum 1000 character limit.


The exhibition is open to all members of the National Basketry Organization (NBO). Artists who are not current members are also eligible to submit work to the exhibition. Three pieces may be entered per artist. Works exhibited in previous NBO exhibitions, with the exception of More to Consider I,  are not eligible. Work must be completed in the last three years (2014-2017) and may not exceed six feet in any direction and weigh no more than can be handled by two people. $35 entry fee for NBO members; $40 entry fee for non-members. Payment required by Visa/MC only through the online CaFÉ form.


All accepted entries must be received ready to install. If work requires specific hanging device(s), armatures or special installation instructions, these must be included along with instructions for installation. All work must remain on display until the conclusion of the exhibit.


Shipping instructions will be sent with the acceptance notification. Work should be well packed and shipped in a reusable container that can be used to travel to three venues. Artists are responsible for the cost of sending and the return shipping of their work. Hand delivery and pick-up of work allowed during gallery hours. You must include a prepaid return shipping label in the package for FedEx, UPS or USPS.


Please note that the price of an accepted entry may not be changed after it is set. If artwork is sold during the exhibition, the artist will receive 50% of the retail price. Mark work “NFS” if it is not available for purchase. Include value of entry for insurance purposes.


It is the artist’s responsibility to maintain insurance during transit to American Art Company and as well as when the work is returned from the Society of Arts + Crafts. Work will be insured during transit between venues and while in the possession of the galleries.


The artist is responsible for the cost of shipping sold pieces to buyers after the exhibition and for the cost of insurance during this shipping.

Photographic guidelines:

The most common error in images is background. Backgrounds should be neutral. Many artists use a graded black to white background. Under no circumstances should the background contain a color or a pattern. This distracts from your work. If you are doing your own photography and use a sheet or tablecloth as a background you should manipulate the background in Photoshop or other similar program.

The internet abounds with articles on photographing your own work. A professional photographer is always a good investment.

Your piece should not fill the whole frame and it should be centered. Leave enough space around the piece to give a sense of its proportions. Also, the angle of the shot should include enough of the inside of a vessel to show that it is a vessel. Your photographs should give a sense of how your piece “sits” or “hangs.”

Detail photographs are important in demonstrating the technical excellence of the work and to highlight a detail that might not appear obvious in the photograph of the whole piece.


E-mail: Carol Eckert