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Friends of Fiber Art International programs are designed to inform and inspire potential collectors by offering privileged visits to art collectors’ homes. These are usually concurrent with important contemporary fiber art shows and events, such as:

EXPOSITIONS that serve collectors like SOFA Chicago held annually.  Fiber program on Friday morning followed by a networking lunch.  Our annual Sunday bus tour takes members to a private collection, important fiber or craft shows in town, a possible architecture visit, group lunch and airport drop off.  Usually SOFA management gives VIP passes to our sponsor ($100) and higher members.

EXHIBITIONS such as Quilt National and the International Triennial of Tapestry in Poland, which surveys the state of fiber art around the world.

CONFERENCES presented by artist organizations like ATA, HGA, NBO, SAQA, SDA, SPIN and one which serves curators and scholars, the Textile Society of America (TSA).


Chicago, IL - November 3 - 6, 2016 


We look forward to another exciting weekend that begins with Opening Night on Thursday, November 3rd and continues with SOFA's and Chicago's impressive schedule of art and events throughout the weekend.

Friday, November 4th, 10:30 a.m.


A History and Discussion of Fiber Art Off the Wall

Board Member Fern Grauer has assembled an outstanding panel of renowned artists to review the history and development of three-dimensional fiber art.  Speakers Nancy Koenigsberg, Brooke Marks-Swanson, Norma Minkowitz, Lois Russell and Josephine Stealy will take the stage and discuss their distinguished work in the various areas of this medium.


Friday, November 4th, 12:00 p.m./Noon

Join us for our annual networking lunch at RIVA to share news with friends new and old.  Cost is $43 per person.  Click here for registration form.  

Reservations for the RIVA luncheon must be received by Monday, October 31st.

For questions or concerns, contact Karen Ziemba, 708.710.0644 or