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Sept/Oct 2005


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News & Notes

Here is the latest news from the fiber world.

Check out our September/October 2005 issue for more news including:

The dish about the new best of Show at Quilt National ’05, and the continuing protests against the Museum of Art and Design’s renovation plans.

Reports on National Basketry Organization (NBO) biennial national convention in Tahoe, and scenes from the Surface Design Conference.

Details about the Textile Museum’s fall symposium titled Japanese Style and the Culture of Cloth, the exhibit Recursions: Material Expressions of Zeros and Ones, SOFA Chicago, and learn about the artwear focus of fall’s Crafts Park Avenue show.


EDUCATION | The Guilford Handcraft Center has changed its name to the Guilford Art Center. The art center is a nonprofit organization formed to support the arts through education, communication, and outreach. Worcester Center for Crafts now offers intensive full- and part-time tracks in textiles. They have created a more flexible schedule and changed the name of the program from the School for Professional Crafts to Professional Craft Studies.

Chriztine Foltz, the head the Worchester Center for Crafts weaving program, in the studio. (Photo: Amy Black).

Quilts, Inc., has launched the Great Expectations Creativity Center and Artist in Residence Program in central Texas on about seventy acres near LaGrange, Texas, within easy driving distance of Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, all of which have international airports. The Gloria F. Ross Center for Tapestry Studies welcomed two new members to its board of trustees: Helena M. Hernmarck, tapestry artist and president of Helena Hernmarck Tapestries Inc., and Susan Brown McGreevy, who received a MA in anthropology from Northwestern University and is a research associate at the Wheelwright Museum, School of American Research, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

AWARDS | Two fiber artists, Louise Lemieux Bérubé, a jacquard weaver, and Anna Torma, a quilt maker, have been named among the five finalists for this year’s $25,000 Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in the Fine Crafts. The recipient will be announced on September 29. The James Renwick Alliance presented its 2005 Masters of the Medium Award for fiber to Lia Cook.

Lia Cook is shown receiving the award from Sherley Koteen (left),
past JRA board member, and Paul Parkman, JRA board member
and chair of the Masters of the Medium Award committee.

Jim Drain was announced the winner of a Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland, on June 14. Represented by the Greene Naftali gallery at the show, Drain’s predominantly knitted sculptures sold out quickly.

Jim Drain’s booth at Art Basel.

Rachel Hayes, a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University, is the winner of this year’s biennial Nancy and Harry Koenigsberg Student Award sponsored by the Textile Study Group of New York. Hayes, who creates large-scale fabric and vinyl hangings, will receive $500.

Graduate student Rachel Hayes with Nancy Koenigsberg.

An image taken during the installation of Rachel's 2004 piece
a wrapped building commissioned by Avenue of the Arts Foundation
in Kansas City, Missouri.

Katie Pasquini Masopust will receive the 2005 Silver Star Award from Quilts, Inc. The award is presented annually to a person whose body of work has positively influenced, promoted, and developed the art of quilting. Masopust will be honored with an exhibition and dinner at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, October 27–30. Show info: First prize in the 5th Annual Horizon Awards for emerging contemporary artists was awarded to Shawn Merchant, a BFA textile student at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Shawn Merchant, Untitled (textile panel), 2004, linen and cotton yarn.

Basketry artists Debora Muhl and Lindsay K. Rais were awarded 2005 Individual Creative Artists Fellowships by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

GRANTS | The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, announced awarded grants for projects and graduate research in 2005. The awards were selected from a total of fifty-seven applications for projects and twelve applications for graduate research grants. The national advisory board recommended ten grants totaling $95,000, five of which involve fiber research. Sandra Corse, PhD, a scholar and retired Georgia Tech faculty member now living in Waynesville, North Carolina, was awarded $11,800 to support research for a book-length study tentatively titled Craft: Toward an Aesthetic of Useful Objects, which will examine contemporary craft in light of Adorno’s aesthetic theory. Kathleen Mundell, a folklorist from Rockport, Maine, received $11,800 for the research, design, and printing of 1,000 monographs on research involving Wabanaki and Akwesasne Mohawk basketmakers and Tuscarora beadworkers in upstate New York. Alice V. Kinsler, graduate student in the textile-history master's program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, College of Education and Human Sciences, received a $5,000 graduate research grant to support her research for the exhibition From Dust Bowl to Salad Bowl: The Quilts and Quiltmakers of the 1930s Migration to Salinas Valley at the National Steinbeck Center in California. Elizabeth C. Melton, a graduate student in the MFA program at Winthrop University in South Carolina, also was awarded a $5,000 graduate research grant to support her research on Anni Albers. Jessica Hemmings, adjunct faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design, was awarded a $500 travel grants to present her paper titled “Writing on Making: The Literature and Theory of Contemporary Craft” at the Design Education: Traditional and Modernity Conference at the National Design Institute in Ahmedabad, India. Guidelines and application forms for 2006 are posted at

MUSEUM NEWS | The Museum of the American Quilter's Society (MAQS) has appointed May Louise Zumwalt as its new executive director.

May Louise Zumwalt, new executive director of
The Museum of the American Quilter's Society (MAQS).

In other museum news, MAQS is now able to offer college credit through the Western Kentucky Community and Technical College for students in quilt workshops. Credits earned at MAQS can be combined with those earned through the American Quilter’s Society classes held during the Quilt Show and Contest in Paducah, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennessee.

FUNDRAISING | As a fundraiser, the Gawthorpe Hall needlework school and textile archive in Lancashire, England, has created a CD-ROM of its collection of thirty-two historical British quilts made between 1700 and 1935. To order ($20, PC format): The Alliance for American Quilts has joined with Pomegranate Communications, Inc. to produce a one-of-a-kind calendar. Quilts 2006 showcases full-color reproductions of twelve quilts representing the traditional, the antique, and the contemporary. The calendar retails for $13.99, and there is a special discount for members. For information about membership or purchasing the calendar, visit

CATALOGS | Material Inquiry 2005, from the spring exhibition at Macalester College Art Gallery. The small unbound vellum-wrapped volume includes images and statements from the juried artists, selected from top graduate programs across the country. The catalog is available though the gallery for $10 including shipping. To order, e-mail

Material Inquiry 2005 Catalog

Focus: Jin-Sook So, the latest catalog from browngrotta arts, highlights the work of this Korean artist who lives in Sweden. So’s textile work in metal was featured in our November/December 2004 issue. The catalog, in full color with an essay outlining So’s life and work, is available from browngrotta arts for $25, at

Focus: Jin-Sook So Catalog

Quilts—Joan Schulze accompanied the exhibit by the same name at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom. The color catalog includes two essays and illustrates Schulze’s career though her work. It is available from the artist for $25 including shipping and can be ordered through her website:

Quilts—Joan Schulze Catalog

CONFERENCES | Santa Fe Weaving Gallery has announced the 8th Design with Heart Fiber Conference will be held March 25–29, 2006, in Santa Fe. For information, visit The Handweavers Guild of America has announced that Convergence 2006 Grand Rapids will be held June 25–July 1, 2006 at the DeVos Place Convention Center and other locations in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Preconference workshops will be June 25–28, 2006. For information visit

SHOWS | The American Craft Council has announced the dates for its 2006 shows. The Wholesale Shows will be held in Baltimore, Maryland February 21–23, and San Francisco, CA August 9–10. The Retail Shows will be February 24–26, Atlanta, Georgia March 10–12, St. Paul, Minnesota April 7–9, San Francisco August 11–13, Charlotte, North Carolina November 3–5, and Sarasota, Florida December 1–3. For more information visit

KIDS AND QUILTS | In Hartford, Connecticut, a group of teenagers spent six weeks of their summer vacation working as apprentices, learning hands-on art and career skills with artists and professional trainers as part of an educational job program called the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s Neighborhood Studios. In the Textile Studio, the apprentices were led by fiber artist Ed Johnetta Fowler-Miller to create quilts for children in shelters around the world, for a program organized by Quilts For Kids Inc. Each quilt features a “healing spirit dancer” in its center, a concept created by Fowler-Miller in honor of her father.

Pictured from left to right are teen apprentices Whitley Hall,
Anna Giannoni, and Dennis McKay and artist Fowler-Miller.

SEEKING CREATIVE MINDS? | The Rhode Island School of Design offers an online job/internship database for their students and alumni called ArtWorks. To post your opportunity visit and click on the Employer link, you will be prompted as to how to post listings. The page also offers links to current student and alumni portfolios. For more information contact the RISD Alumni and Career Services Office, (401) 454-6614.

THEY'RE THIRTY, TOO | To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Textile Museum of Canada, the museum has put together a special exhibit. Thirty: 30 stories, 30 collectors, 30 years, which was curated by Textile Museum cofounder Max Allen, will be on display through September 11. Six objects and their stories can be seen on the museum website

Hat from the army of the Mahdi Sudan dated between 1870 and 1884.


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