Fiberart International 2019

Fiberart International is a benchmark exhibition presenting the best in contemporary fiber art. FI2019 is the 23rd in an ongoing series of triennial exhibitions.

– EXHIBITION DATES   May 31 – August 23, 2019
– ENTRY DEADLINE   August 31, 2018

FI2019 Jurors:

Sonya Clark, American artist, has been Chair of the Craft and Materials Studies Department of Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond.  She is the recipient of several major awards including a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship and Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship in Italy. Her work is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., Musees d’Angers in France, among others.


Michael Olijnyk is Executive Director since June 2018 and was previously the Co-Director since 2008 and Curator of Exhibitions since 1979. He was Co-Director partners with the Mattress Factory’s late Founder, Barbara Luderowski, for 41 years. He has worked with over 750 artists since 1982 and is responsible for the Mattress Factory’s artistic program, that has seen artists like Damien Hirst, Ryder Henry, James Turrell and Kiki Smith. He studied sculpture and design at Carnegie Mellon University and has exhibited work throughout the U.S. He has participated on numerous visual arts grants panels, including the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Maryland Arts Council and ArtsLink, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, and has lectured throughout the U.S. about the Mattress Factory and its artistic program.


Jane Sauer is an internationally known artist and curator. Her work is in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., the Museum of Art and Design, New York and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  She was the owner of Thirteen Moons, which became Jane Sauer Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She now lives in St. Louis.



2016 Award Winners

2016 Exhibiting Artists

Contact Us:

Fiberart International
6300 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15232

General Inquiries:
FI2019 Director – Rae Gold