Where the worlds of contemporary art, fashion, and craft collide, there is Uncommon Thread. Showcasing exceptional design and artistry through wearable art, Uncommon Thread is a national juried art event and competition. It is dedicated to being a unique platform for artists and designers to present their work and giving audiences a one-of-a-kind visual experience with this exciting art form.

Baton Rouge Gallery is currently accepting submissions for Uncommon Thread: Essomenia, taking place at BRG on Friday, September 13, 2019.

All artists/designers chosen as finalists will have their selected work(s) featured during the Uncommon Thread event at BRG on September 13, when one standout piece will be named Best in Show and awarded a $1,000 cash prize.


Uncommon Thread is open to artists of all media from all corners of the United States, ages 18 and over.

Works of wearable art will be reviewed through a blind jurying process. Uncommon Thread’s Special Guest Juror (more on them in a moment) will not be made aware of the name(s), hometown, ages, or any other information for any submitting artist/designer (or team of artists/designers); thus allowing for an equal playing field for artists from any background or in any stage of their career.

Images/videos for submissions must show completed pieces. Works will be judged anonymously on the following criteria: 1) conceptual & aesthetic quality; 2) relevance and consistency with Uncommon Thread’s 2019 theme; 3) feasibility of display; 4) overall artistic merit.

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2019

Submission Fee: $30 for up to three works

Special Guest Juror: Grace duval

Past jurors for Uncommon Thread have included former Vera Wang designer Suzanne Perron, Garments of Paradise author and art historian Susan Ryan, sculptor Loren Schwerd, Fiber Arts Magazine editor Liz Good, and fashion designer Anthony Ryan Auld.

In 2019, BRG is proud to have one of wearable art’s most exciting American artists, Grace DuVal, serving as Special Guest Juror for Uncommon Thread: Essomenia.

Grace DuVal

Based in Chicago, IL, Grace DuVal is a wearable artist, maker, and photographer. Her wearable art designs have been featured in exhibits both across the U.S. and internationally, most recently at World of WearableArt in Wellington, NZ (where her Mind the Synaptic Gap won the 2018 Dame Suzie Moncrieff Award; and a year earlier, DuVal’s work was named Supreme Award Runner-Up and received the Sustainability Award).

She has also collaborated on projects with Disney, Hot Topic, and Her Universe and had her work featured in Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Paper Magazine, Bustle, Jezebel, HelloGiggles, and beyond.

DuVal is also a four-time Uncommon Thread participant and took home Best in Show honors in 2008 and 2015.

Learn more about Grace DuVal here

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Mark your calendar now for Uncommon Thread: Essomenia at BRG on Sept 13, 2019