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8 x 10: Call for Entries!

We’re challenging you to design your perfect 8 x 10 rug.
Our prestigious panel of judges will need 7 copies of your design, which can be anything from a quick sketch on a bar napkin to a detailed 16" x 20" rendering done on computer. Christiane Millinger can work with you during your design phase to help choose exact colors from our trays of wool poms.

The Prize: The winning entry will be revealed as a fully finished 8 x 10 handwoven rug. Rug Star will produce two—one for the winner and one for the showroom. Look for your invitation to the unveiling party this winter!

The Details: One entry allowed per person. Please do not include your name or contact information on the entries, as we will assign each entry a number upon submission, to ensure blind judging. Entries (7 copies on paper) should be dropped off at Christiane Millinger Handmade Rugs at 2037 NW Lovejoy Street, Tues-Fri 10-5 or Sat 11-4. Free parking is available behind the building.
The Deadline: Saturday, April 29, 2017, 4 pm




Byron Beck, judge of 8x10
BYRON BECK is a Portland, Oregon-based journalist and blogger who contributes to both local and national publications as well as to radio and television.

Lisa Bingham Dewart, judge of 8x10 Competition
LISA BINGHAM DEWART is the features editor for Luxe Interiors + Design’s Southern California and Pacific Northwest markets. A veteran design writer and editor, Lisa has also worked at Architectural Digest and FORM Magazine. A devotee of design and architecture from her earliest years, she received a master’s degree in the decorative arts, design and culture from the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan.


Henry Brown, judge of 8x10 competition
HENRY BROWN has been an interior designer in Portland for over 30 years.


Bruce Guenther, judge of 8x10 competition
BRUCE GUENTHER is the former Chief Curator and the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Portland Art Museum where he served from 2000–2014. He has written extensively on the art of the last one hundred years. A popular lecturer on contemporary art, Guenther is a frequent juror for regional and national exhibitions and serves as a peer panelist for the GSA Art in Architecture Program.
Formerly a curator at the Seattle Art Museum, chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California, he has organized monographic and thematic exhibitions related to artists and cultural forces shaping contemporary art, such as Disquieted (2010), Object, Site, Sensation: New German Sculpture (1989), and States of War (1985).
His numerous publications include In Passionate Pursuit: The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Collection and Legacy (2014), Lee Kelly (2010), Hilda Morris (2006, with Susan Fillin-Yeh), Clement Greenberg: A Critic’s Collection (2001, with Karen Wilkin), Richard Deutsch: Sculpture (2001), Tony DeLap (2000), The Essential Gesture (1994), Guy Anderson (1986), and 50 Northwest Artists (1983).


Mmichael Howells, judge of 8x10 competition
MICHAEL HOWELLS is a Portland-based architect and interior designer specialized in single-family residential work. His projects have been featured in Portland Monthly, The Oregonian, Dwell, Homestead, Better Homes & Gardens, and on Design Sponge, Remodelista and Houzz. Recently completed projects include an apartment in Chicago’s Drake Tower, a residence and guest house in Jackson Hole, and a writing studio for a Portland author. More information can be found on the Howells Architecture + Design website.


Denise Mullen, judge of 8x10 competition
DENISE MULLEN is the President of Oregon College of Art and Craft and has an extensive background as a leader in higher education, including prior positions at Alberta College of Art + Design; Corcoran College of Art + Design; Purchase College, State University of New York; and Pratt Institute. As an advocate for arts education on a national level, Mullen has been an active volunteer with ArtTable, the National Museum for Women in the Arts, and the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts. She has served on the Boards of the College Art Association, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Council of Arts Administrators, Business and Culture for the Arts in Portland, Oregon, and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design and is currently President of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and Vice President of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.
Mullen is also an avid art collector and practicing artist with work included in major public and private collections.


Joelle Nesen, judge of 8x10 competition
JOELLE NESEN is a trained professional with over 28 years in the Interior Design field. Joelle is the creative vision behind an Oregon firm, Maison Inc., and leads a team of six talented designers with a candid and colorful communication style. Collaboration is the key to Maison Inc.’s success, bringing aesthetically stunning, functional and inviting custom interiors to their distinctive clientele.



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