Paducah has Fantastic Fibers

Fantastic Fibers is held each year at the Yeiser Art Center (YAC) in conjunction with Quilt week – but it is certainly not just another quilt exhibition. This is an international juried exhibition that showcases a wide range of outstanding works related to the fiber medium.

The exhibition will run from April 14 - June 9, with the opening reception on April 14 from 5-7 pm. Fantastic Fibers is one of YAC’s most engaging, innovative and colorful international exhibits. Expect to see sculptures, tapestries, jewelry and even interactive art – all may from fiber of some type or form.

The show began in 1987 as a wearable art show but has evolved over the years to include a compelling mix of traditional, and non-traditional works. Everything on display has either been created from natural or synthetic fibers, or addresses the subject or medium of fiber.

YAC Director, Stacey Reason, is pumped about this year’s show. “We have a large installation piece that will take up a lot of floor space,” she told me. “I think this pushes the boundaries of what fiber art can be. We are excited to see some intricate works that exhibit fine craftsmanship.”

The exhibition is juried and winners will be announced before the opening this week. $1,900 in total prizes will be awarded - $1,000 Best of Show, $500 First Place, $250 Second Place and $150 Third Place.

Artists from across the country & the world

Over 360 works were submitted with 42 selected for the show. Artists from the US and across the globe were accepted into the show this year. They represent 21 states from the US, Canada, and Croatia.

This year’s Fantastic Fibers includes the following artists:

Jackie Abrams, Dobree Adams, Philis Alvic, Eva Camacho, Marah Carpenter, Gray Caskey, Jan Durham, Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, Jayne Gaskins, Caryl Gaubatz, Paula Giovanini-Morris, Sue Hale, Faith Humprey Hill, Ja Young Hwang, Maguerite Kellam, Patricia Kennedy-Zafred, Mary-Ellen Latino, Margaret Leininger, Niraja Lorenz, Margo Macdonald, Lawrence McKenney, Patricia Mink, Chris Motley, Carey Netherton, Kathy Nida, Pat Pauly, Branka Radonic, Michael Rohde, Elizabeth Runyon, Tommye Scanlin, Beth Schnellenberger, Suzanna Scott, Jess Self, Ashley Smith, Tina Struthers, Jill Vendituoli, Beverly Walker, Wendy Weiss, and Peggy Wiedemann.

For more information, visit theyeiser.org.

Juror Arturo Alonzo Sandaval

Arturo Alonzo Sandoval is a fiber artist whose experimental techniques and expressive interpretations have earned him an international reputation. Arturo is one of Kentucky’s most original, influential and significant artists.

His work is in the collections of the New York City Museum of Modern Art’s Architecture and Design Collection, as well as galleries and private collections throughout the United States and the world.

“What distinguishes me from other artists working in fiber is my choice to mainly explore and recycle twentieth century industrial materials that have been primarily designed as tapes or films,” Sandaval said. “Incorporating them into woven or interlaced webs provides for me permutations for my design concepts which are personalized into a visual vocabulary of the sky, water, landscape; and more recently, issues related to international and domestic politics, terrorism, the total nuclear threat, the cosmic realms, and personal spiritual beliefs.”