CLOSED. Call for Art: Tactile

CLOSED. Call for Art: Tactile

The Harlow invites artists to submit artwork to be considered for “Tactile”, an open call juried exhibition of art incorporating processes traditionally used in the field of textiles. Tactile is on view September 7-29, 2018 at the The Harlow, 100 Water Street in Hallowell. Submissions will be juried by Harlow staff as well as textile artists Betsy Cook and Sally Wagley.

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO: August 7, 2018, 11:59pm.

“Tactile” will  pay homage to the decorative, domestic and utilitarian roots of textile art, while emphasizing the application of textile techniques for the purpose of communication and expression.  Such techniques include (but are not limited to) stitching, weaving, knitting, crocheting, pleating, and felting. Tactile aims to feature work both large and small, 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional, abstract and representational, made of synthetic as well as natural materials, made by hand as well as by machine, “pure” textile as well as mixed with other media.

Eligibility & Criteria: Artists should be residents of Maine at least part of the year or otherwise have a strong connection to our state. Artists submitting from out of state are responsible for the costs of shipping work to and from the Harlow. Please note that return shipping will be actual cost plus $20 to cover staff time. Artists may submit to 4 pieces. Diptychs and triptychs will be considered and judged as one entry. Work previously shown at the Harlow is not eligible. Works submitted should preferably have been created within the last five years.

Email Entry Guidelines:

1. Enter by sending an email to with ”for TACTILE from [artist’s name]” in the subject line.   

2. Attach your JPEG images to the email. Each artist may submit up to 4 works of art. (You may submit more than one image for each 3D work if you feel it will help the jurors understand the work. For 2D work please submit one image only. Please name your jpg image files using the following format before attaching them: “Artist’s Last Name_Title.jpg

3. Include the following information in the body of your email:

Artist name:

Mailing address:

Phone number:

Email address:

Tell us if you a member of The Harlow/KVAA.*
(*You can join when you submit your entry to take advantage of the lower entry fee.)

For EACH of  your  four entries list the following information:
Title, Medium, Size (h x w, add depth if 3D), Year Created, Price** or Value if NFS (not for sale)
**The Harlow takes a 35% commission for pieces sold on behalf of current members, or 50% commission for non-members. Please price your work accordingly.

4. Pay the non-refundable entry fee of $30 for non-members and $15 for current members.  The fee is per artist (not per work of art entered) and entitles you to submit up to 4 works of art.  To pay online select the appropriate fee in the window below and click the “pay now” button.

Member or non-member?

You can use the Paypal link above or mail or deliver a check payable to The Harlow to: 
The Harlow, 100 Water Street, Hallowell, ME 04347


August 7, 2018  by 11:59pm: DEADLINE for digital entry and payment of exhibition fee.
Friday, August 10, 2018: Email notification of work juried into the exhibition will be sent on or before this date.
Saturday, September 1, 12-6pm: Deliver artwork at the The Harlow
Friday, September 7, 5-7pm: Opening reception (potluck! please bring a dish or beverage to share)
September 7 – 29, 2018: Exhibition on view at 100 Water Street

Tactile is sponsored by Forgotten Chocolates.

The Harlow is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. 

The Harlow is supported by Camden National Bank, the City of HallowellKennebec Savings BankThe Liberal Cup and The Maine House, the Roxanne Quimby Foundation and by our members.


Season Sponsors for 2018 are Book Orchard PressCapitol Dental CareChris Walters Productions, Doug & Melinda Jennings, Great Gatherings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at LawScrummy Afters Candy ShoppeSlates Restaurant and Target Electric Corporation.

Programming is funded in part by a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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