For judging purposes, ANG distinguishes between the non-professional and the professional as follows:
Non-Professional: Anyone who, at the time of entry submission and previously engages in needlework as a pastime and for pleasure rather than for financial gain. Teaching, presenting programs/lectures for guilds, or community service will not change the status of a non-professional.
Professional: Anyone who, at the time of entry submission and previously engages in needlework as a teacher, judge, artist/designer, lecturer, author, or stitches for commissioned work and who receives payment, in any form or any amount, for said work. Forms of payment include, but are not limited to money, shop discounts, merchandise, etc.
The ANG Exhibit judged categories:Original is unique, one-of-a-kind design, interpreted within the definition of needlepoint from the mind and hands of the artist/stitches to whom it is credited. The design should bear no recognizable influence from other needlepoint sources. Any stitch that can be accomplished with a threaded needle may be used in the interpretation of the design. An artist's statement must accompany each original entry, along with the original sketches and/or photographs, and include an explanation of inspirational sources. Unusual techniques and materials used in the development of the design or execution of the finished work must be explained. The original entry must be the work of the exhibiting artist with no outside help from any other person.
Adaptation is design translated or adapted from a design source created in a medium other than needlepoint. The adaptation may be an exact visual needlepoint reproduction of the original design, or may contain easily recognizable elements from that design. Any stitch that can be accomplished with a threaded needle may be used in the interpretation of the design. An artist's statement must accompany each adaptation entry, along with the original sketches or photographs, and include an explanation of inspirational sources. Unusual techniques and materials used in the development of the design or execution of the finished work must be explained. The adaptation must be the work of the exhibiting artist, with no help from any other person.
Independent Project is a design worked without person-to-person interaction, without a teacher in a physical classroom environment, such as Workshop by Mail, needlepoint book, graph, chart, leaflet, line drawing, or kit.
Painted Design without Stitch Guide is needlepoint worked on a pre-painted or stamped canvas or on a canvas designed for the exhibitor. The choice of stitches, threads, and color are those of the exhibitor.
Painted Design with Stitch Guide is needlepoint worked on a pre-painted or stamped canvas or on a canvas designed for the exhibitor, accompanied by instructions or suggestions for stitches, threads, and/or color choices. This includes painted canvas embellishment classes in which the instructor provides individualized stitch and thread suggestions. A stitch guide includes written or verbal instructions or suggestions given to the stitcher for stitches, threads, or colors.
Class Project is a needlepoint worked with person-to person interaction between the student and the teacher, usually in a physical classroom environment, i.e., seminars, shops, chapter meetings, and workshops. It also includes Correspondence Courses and CyberWorkshops. The teacher and the title of the class must be listed.
The ANG Exhibit non-judged categories:Non-Judged is any entry the stitcher does not wish to have judged or voted upon by registrants.
Youth is a non-judged category with no entry fee and is limited to two entries per person. Current age of stitcher must be less than 16 years old. The stitcher is not required to be an ANG member, but must be sponsored by an ANG member.
Judges will review the ribbon winners and will select a Best of Show winner.
The Princess Grace Award may be given to any entry, in any judged category, that is worked entirely in the tent stitch without embellishments such as beads or other attachments, in order to maintain the purity of the stitching technique. The tent stitch is defined as going over one intersection from lower left to upper right with no back stitches, seed stitches, or outline stitches.
A Sampler Award may be given to an entry that is a collection of patterns, stitches, and techniques put together in a convenient form for reference on a readily counted ground. The award may be given for an entry in any category, including historical reproductions and Class Projects that meet the stated criteria.
The Creative Inspiration Award may be given for a piece in the Original or Adaptation category that the judges decide is best in creative design and its elements, which includes best use of color. An artist’s statement must accompany the entry.
The Wearable Art Award may be given to an entry in the Original, Adaptation, or Painted Design without Stitch Guide category that the judges decide demonstrates the most creative wearable canvas embroidery, excluding name tags.
The Small Masterpiece Award may be given for an entry (a piece or set) in any judged category with the length plus width of the stitched area of a two-dimensional piece being less than or equal to ten (10) inches, or the length plus width plus depth of the stitched area of a three-dimensional piece being less than or equal to fifteen (15) inches. If an entry consists of multiple pieces, they shall be judged for this award as long as each piece in the set fits the criteria of a Small Masterpiece.
The Silk and Metal Award may be given for a piece in the Original or Adaptation category that is worked entirely in silk and metallic and/or metal threads, and that the judges decide is the best use of these threads.
The Founders Award may be given to any entry in the Class Project category that demonstrates the student’s development of the project, including presenting the finished stitched piece in a different format or doing multiples of the same project.
The President's Choice Award may be given for a piece in the special technique or subject matter selected annually by the President of ANG, either independently or in collaboration with the Board of Directors. For Seminar 2005, the President has determined that the entry will be Counted Thread. This award may given for any piece, in the Original, Adaptation, Independent Project, or Class Project Category that the president determines is the most outstanding entry using the techniques of pulled thread, drawn thread, Hardanger, Hedebo, Ruskin lace, reticello, or any combination of these techniques.
Two ribbons are awarded by popular vote: The Delegates' Choice Ribbon is awarded to the entry receiving the highest number of votes from registered Seminar participants, and the People's Choice Ribbon is awarded to the entry receiving the highest number of votes from the visiting public.
The Host Chapter may, if it so desires, present a State Award Ribbon and stipulate the criteria for the selection. It may designate the person to choose the winning entry, with the approval of the Board of Directors.
The First, Second, Third, and Honorable Mention Ribbons will be hung immediately after selection. All other ribbons awarded by the judges will be announced at the Welcome Banquet on Sunday, October 2. The People's Choice and Delegates' Choice Ribbons will be announced at the Awards Banquet on Friday, October 7.
RELEASE OF PHOTO FORMS
If you desire, you can complete the consent for Release of Photos that is required for exhibit winning pictures used in Needle Pointers or on the web site. It is available on the ANG web site at www.needlepoint.org/forms/angphotorelease.pdf. Hopefully, this will help all those who are planning on entering the exhibit in Nashville by giving you a little extra time to secure the written consent from the designer when necessary. When completed, mail to the ANG Vice President of Education. The name and address are listed on the inside back cover of Needle Pointers.