Category: Needlework Exhibition


Best of Show: The Exemplary 2022

The Mixed Media entry, A Bleached Coral Reef by Kim Berry-Rogers, was given the Best of Show (Jean Taggart Award) Award at The Exemplary 2022. This award is selected by the judges from the First Place winners in all categories except Japanese…

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Best of Show for Japanese Embroidery: The Exemplary 2022

Double Cypress Fans by Toni Marie Fourte was selected by judges as the Best of Show for Japanese Embroidery (The Beverly Booker Award) at The Exemplary 2022. This award is selected by the Japanese Embroidery judge from First Place winners…

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Three Ways To See the NAN Permanent Collection

By Patricia Tector, NAN-Certified Master Judge This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in fall 2018. The National Academy of Needlearts (NAN) is very fortunate to have an admirable collection of needleart. The collection is housed at the Gregg…

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Common Issues Seen in Judging Embroidery

By Susan Dawson, NAN-Certified Judge This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in winter 2018. Presentation Many exhibitions require that work be clean. Spots are the most common reason for disqualification of an entry. The best work is always…

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Why Enter The Exemplary?

By Cheryl Christian, 2018 Exemplary Administrator and NAN-certified Judge This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in winter 2018. The Exemplary, the NAN national exhibition, is a highlight of Assembly in the spring. All manner of work is displayed,…

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Yet Another Article About Artist Statements…

By Denise Beusen, Assistant Adminstrator of The Exemplary 2016 This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in winter 2016. Many of you reading this have exhibited for years; for you, it’s inconceivable that anyone could offer a new perspective…

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The Artist Statement — What Is It?

By Dolores Andrew, NAN-Certified Master Judge This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in summer 2014. There are almost as many ways to write an artist statement as there are artists. Mostly, they involve the “why” in your thinking,…

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Five Myths About The Exemplary

By Inez Giles and Carlene Harwick, 2014 Exemplary Administrators This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in winter 2014.  MYTH #1: Entering The Exemplary is much too expensive. To be clear, there is a minimal entry fee for submitting…

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Why Bother?

By Carlene Harwick and Inez Giles, 2014 Exemplary Administrators This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in fall 2013. Why would anyone want to go through the hassle of packing and shipping needleart pieces just to enter an exhibit?…

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THE PEEPS SHOW

By Dolores Andrew This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in summer 2011. The weird thing about being asked to judge a show is that you may think you know what you will be doing, but you never really…

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