Upcoming Exhibitions and Events

To enter work, go to "call for entries" on the homepage. Paper prospectuses are generally available two months in advance of the entry deadline and can be picked up at the Art Center, downloaded by clicking on the link in the call for entries, or requested by e-mail from catherined@sebarts.org




July 28 - September 3

Main Gallery: "FIBER ART VIII" International Biennial Fiber Arts Exhibition  in collaboration with Surface Design Association

Deadline for submissions: Thursday, June 1   (ONLINE applications ONLY)

International Biennial Exhibition.  This signature biennial exhibition, in collaboration with Surface Design Association, invites national and international artists to submit innovative and traditional fiber art work, contemporary concepts using either traditional or unusual materials.  Accepting both two and three dimensional pieces, including wearable and large installation art. Jurors: Wendy Lugg, Jason Pollen and Eszter Bornemisza.

Awards: Best of Show $500, Second Prize $200, Surface Design Association Award of Excellence: Membership to SDA, Coordinators' Merit Awards.

Eszter Bornemisza creates wall-hangings, installations, and objects from the ubiquitous material of waste newspaper and cloth. The choice of material plays a central role in her work as it provides further visual experiences by their ephemeral character. Originally a mathematician, she started working with textiles in the late 1990’s with exploring her own ways in surface design and quilting. She has extensively exhibited internationally and won several prizes. She lives in Budapest, Hungary. http://www.bornemisza.com/

Wendy Lugg is an internationally respected Australian artist, curator, writer and teacher.  She has been Artist in Residence with the Royal Western Australian Historical Society since 2009 and was the past International Representative for Surface Design Association. In a career spanning 30 years she has taught, curated many exhibitions, undertaken arts residencies, and has had solo exhibitions in numerous countries.  Her current on-line exhibition "Mapping Memory" is at  http://slwa.gov.au/mappingmemory/  Her website is https://wendylugg.com/

Jason Pollen is an internationally renowned artist/educator. He served on the faculties of the Royal College of Art in London, Parsons  School of Design in New York, and Kansas City Art Institute. He was President of Surface Design Association for 16 years. Penland School of Crafts named him Outstanding Artist/Educator of the year in 2012. Recent installations are currently on view in Paris and Venice. "Shimmer", a one-person show, will open in November 2016 in Kansas City. http://www.jasonpollen.com/


Gallery III 
"Korean Voices in Fiber: Translating Tradition into Contemporary Art"  curated by Mirka Knaster and Misik Kim, this show highlights the ancient heritage of fiber art in Korea as well as its vibrant modern transformation of both traditional and unexpected techniques and materials. This show is an opportunity to be introduced to a particular aspect of Korean artwork as part of our worldwide culture of textile arts. 

please click here for a preview!  (blog by Mirka Knaster), and here  (blog by Jenny K Lyon) on Sacramento Show  




Saturday, August 5  Full Day Workshop 10 am – 4 pm. Ssamsol technique and mosi (ramie) jogakbo    

$100 members
$120 non-members
(cancellation one week before latest day)

Instructor Youngmin Lee: Bojagi Workhop 

Bojagi (Korean Wrapping Cloths) are pieced together from small scraps of cloth. It is the most unique form of Korean textile art. Bojagi occupied a prominent place in the daily lives of Koreans of all classes. They were used to wrap or carry everything from precious ritual objects to everyday clothes and common household goods and also to cover food. It is also strikingly contemporary: the designs and colors of bojagi remind one of the works of modern abstract artists. Bojagi can be described as a true form of abstract expressionism.

In the past, Jogakbo, patchwork bojagi, was made with leftover remnants of fabric from other projects. Using Korean traditional techniques such as Gamchimjil, Settam Sangchim and Ssamsol, Youngmin will teach basic jogakbo construction in this workshop. Bojagi construction involves hand stitching, which can be very relaxing. While working on your bojagi, wish for the happiness and well-being of the recipient of your finished bojagi.
During the workshop, Youngmin will show how to use many small pieces of ramie fabrics, silk organza and Korean silk gauze to create a geometric patterned bojagi. The finished project will have a unique composition of different shapes, lines and texture. Youngmin’s workshops are hand sewing class unless other notice.

Supply list: basic sewing tools such as needle, thread, pins, cutting mat (12” x 18” or bigger), rotary cutter (27 mm), Omni grid rulers, scissors, Hera Marker (can purchase from Youngmin).

KIT (fabrics and instruction) will be provided with additional cost $30.
Additional fabrics are available to purchase at the workshop.


Sunday, August 6, Half Day Workshop 10 am – 1 pm      Gamchimjil technique and yemulbo (gift wrap bojagi).
$50 members, $60 non-members
$70 1 adult and one young person 12- 18 year
(cancellation 1 week before latest)

Instructor Youngmin Lee: Bojagi Workshop

Youngmin Lee is a Korean textile artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a BA in Clothing and Textile and an MFA in Fashion Design, Youngmin has presented numerous workshops, classes and demonstrations on Korean Textile Arts.

Bojagi (Korean Wrapping Cloths) are pieced together from small scraps of cloth. It is the most unique form of Korean textile art. Bojagi occupied a prominent place in the daily lives of Koreans of all classes. They were used to wrap or carry everything from precious ritual objects to everyday clothes and common household goods and also to cover food. It is also strikingly contemporary: the designs and colors of bojagi remind one of the works of modern abstract artists. Bojagi can be described as a true form of abstract expressionism.


KIT (fabrics and instruction) will be provided with additional cost $30.
Additional fabrics are available to purchase at the workshop.


Saturday August 12 & Sunday August 13  10 am - 4 pm  Learn To Weave- Weekend Workshop
Instructor: Marta Shannon

In conjunction with the International Fiber Arts Show being held in our gallery we are offering a special Learn to Weave weekend workshop... a "jump right in" experience suitable for true beginners or those who need to remember how. Join us for the full weaving experience in one weekend! Students will wind a warp, dress the loom, and weave a simple scarf on a 4 shaft  loom in 2 busy days.  Warp, weft and looms provided ( $20 materials fee ). Bring your lunch, snacks and your inquisitive mind!

Sat & Sun, 10a-4p
August 12 & 13
$120 members/$125 non-members
Painting/Drawing/Weaving Room



Sunday, August 6, 3:00 pm
Dr. Minjee Kim:  Fashion and Textile Art of Korea: The Dynamism of Interrelationships

Lecturer: Minjee Kim

Korean dress historian Dr. Minjee Kim will discuss the birth of bojagi (traditional wrapping cloth) within the conventional practice of hanbok (traditional clothing) construction, along with its subsequent development into a genre of textile art and an inspirational source in contemporary fashion design. Children’s ceremonial dress sets will be displayed to promote better understanding of the concepts discussed.
Minjee Kim, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an independent dress historian and lecturer specializing in Korean dress. She was born in Korea and received her PhD from Seoul National University in 2000 with a focus on the Korean dress during the 7th -10th centuries. She has been a faculty member at Jeonju Kijeon College, a lecturer at Seoul National University, and an exhibition consultant for the War Memorial Museum, the National Folk Museum, and the Seoul National University Museum. After moving to the U.S. in 2000, she has dedicated to raise the visibility of hanbok both in academia and for the general public. The venues of her past lectures include the Paul Getty Museum, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Rutgers University, Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University, and Bard Graduate Center. Find more about her lectures at www.kimminjee.com.


Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 3:00 pm 
Sheila O'Hara: Handweaving in the Computer Age
Sheila O’Hara will explain how handweaving became the lucky beneficiary of the computer age, allowing the dream of individual thread control to become possible. She will share her exploration of creating complex weave structures with lush surface textures, using countermarche, compudobby, and Jacquard hand looms.
O'Hara has pursued a career in textiles since graduating from the California College of the Arts in Oakland in 1976. Her innovative and often humorous tapestries have been featured in numerous publications and are in public, private and museum collections, including the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Denver Art Museum. “Pyramid Magic,” was inspired by the time she spent consulting in Cairo, Egypt. She participated in a Jacquard weaving symposium at the Lisio Foundation in Florence, Italy, and has lectured throughout this country and around the world.  O’Hara continues to teach weaving at her home studio in Lake County. Her latest work includes lush landscapes, both real and imaginary, and a series of jacquard tapestries inspired by Edward Curtis photographs of Native American Indians.  www.sheilaohara.com

Sunday August 20, 2017 -  4:00 pm 
A CONVERSATION ABOUT FIBER ART TODAY with Carole Beadle and five Bay Area fiber artists:  Lara Myers, George-Ann Bowers, Teddy Milder, Susan Doyle and Roz Ritter

Fiber works are often barometers of change in the visual arts of our time, reflecting energy, vitality and innovation. Works from a diverse group of contemporary artists in the International Fiber Arts Exhibit speak of cultural, social and political issues with which art intersects today.  We will address some of these points and offer examples of our own fiber art, demonstrating engagement in the limitless potential of materials and processes.

Carole Beadle, a teacher for 50 years, is Professor Emeritus from the California College of Art in Oakland, CA.  Since 1988 she has been teaching Fiber Sculpture at the College of Marin. Now semi-retired, she travels all the time, to look and see what’s happening in the world of fiber arts. www.fiberdimensions.com

George-Ann Bowers   www.gabowers.com
Susan Doyle   www.susankathleendoyle.com
Lara Myers   www.artworksdowntown.org/emerging-artist
Teddy Milder   www.teddymilder.com
Roz Ritter   www.rozritter.com

Saturday, August 26, 2017 – 4:00 pm
Cynthia LeCount Samaké: Rhythm and Hues: Hand-Dyed Fabrics and Clothing from Mali, West Africa

Despite globalization and the ready availability of imported Western-style products, Malians value their traditional culture with its hand-crafted artistry. Fiber artists in Mali create glowing fabrics worn by both men and women for special events. Typically, men stitch the cloth into resist patterns and women dye it, creating an enormous variety of color combinations and styles. Fashion-conscious men and women in Mali gain power and prestige by wearing clothing in the latest, most unique, or most popular styles of fabric. New clothing is especially significant for the women, and many will save for months to have an impressive new outfit to wear for a holiday or a wedding. The quality, colors, patterns, symbols, and designs of the cloth are paramount. Malians proudly wear boubous, yorobanis, and pipaos, each person showing off his or her personal fashion aesthetic—while remaining true to tradition.

Cynthia LeCount Samaké taught World Textiles for many years at UC Davis in the Environmental Design Department, and now travels the world to exotic destinations with groups of fiber fanatics, through her tour company, Behind the Scenes Adventures. She has traveled to Mali a dozen times, visiting and learning with cloth dyers who have become close friends, attending all the weddings and events possible where glorious clothing is worn, and photographing the attendees who are delighted to be sought out for their impeccable taste! Cynthia’s presentation will explain dye techniques and processes, with photos of Malians in their most elegant dress. She will bring stamped and printed fabrics for a complete picture of cloth styles in Mali.

Cynthia and her husband, Barou Samaké, from Segou, Mali, led tours with dye workshops to Mali for 15 years until Al Q’eda made travel too dangerous for foreigners.  Find out more about their global tours at www.btsadventures.com


October 27 – December 3 : "GOT GLASS!!!" two juried shows

Main Gallery: "Got Glass!!! Convergence"     Juror: Cassandra Straubing

What is better than saying it with glass?  National, international, established and emerging artists applied to be part of this visual feast: A stunning collection of work that has been selected for creativity/design and excellence of craftmanship. The focus in the main gallery is on showing the diversity of the medium and the wide range of techniques:  blown, cast, cold work, fused, pate de verre, slumped, painted, etcetera... 2-D and 3-D pieces... glass work as never seen at SCA before. 

Gallery II:  "Got Glass!!! Flamed Glass"     Juror: Paul Stankard

A celebration of Flamework / Lampwork: objects that are formed from rods and tubes of glass that, when heated in a flame, become soft and can be manipulated into the desired shape. (definiton by the Corning Museum of Glass). Formerly, the source of the flame was an oil and paraffin lamp used in conjunction with foot-powered bellows; today, gas-fueled torches are used.” Expect to see the most amazing paper weights, marbles, murrini, sculptures, beads.