Basketry Now: 10th Anniversary Exhibition

Above: detail from “Transition” by Amanda Salm

Basketry Now: 10th Anniversary Exhibition

July 16 – December 1, 2019
The Kentucky Museum at Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky


THE DEADLINE HAS PASSED –  thank you to the many artists who have entered such wonderful work.
We look forward to announcing detail soon!

You are invited to submit work for the NBO biennial juried exhibition: Basketry Now: 10th Anniversary Exhibition. This exhibit will be held in conjunction with the NBO 2019 Biennial Conference. The NBO biennial 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 basketry that demonstrate superior technique and original concept and design. All work in the show will be in a gallery of photographs on the NBO website and given exposure in other online media. NBO encourages both established and emerging artists to submit work for consideration for this prestigious exhibition.

From top: Work by Jo Stealey, Christine Joy, and Nanette Wood.

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 Basketry Now implies that any artwork selected by the juror be available without exception for the duration of the exhibition.

Heather Sealy Lineberry – NBO is pleased to welcome Heather Sealy Lineberry as the juror for Basketry Now. Lineberry is Senior Curator at the Arizona State University Art Museum and has 25 years of experience curating contemporary art exhibitions with an emphasis on hybrid art forms and collaborations across disciplines.  Projects include Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection, which traveled nationally. Lineberry teaches in the museum studies program at ASU and advises students in curatorial practice through internships and degree committees. She publishes, lectures and juries nationally and internationally.

ENTRY PROCEDURE: All submissions must be submitted through CaFÉ ( 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 entry can include one overall image and one detail, for a total of 3 full-view images and 3 detail-view 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.


ELIGIBILITY & ENTRY FEES: The exhibition is open to all members of the National Basketry Organization (NB0). 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 juried NBO exhibitions are not eligible. Work must be completed in the last three years (2016-2019) 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.

AWARDS:  Three Excellence in Basketry Awards will be selected, as well as five honorable mentions. Award winners selected will have their artworks published in NBO’s quarterly publication, newly renamed Basketry+.

Important Dates:

February 15, 2019 – Exhibition entry deadline
March 15, 2019 – Jury notification decisions sent
April 15, 2019 – High resolution images of accepted work due
June 12 – 17, 2019 – Accepted entries due at The Kentucky Museum
July 16 – December 1, 2019 – Exhibition Dates
December 2019 – Artwork returned