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Innovators & Legends: Generations in Textiles & Fibers

May 26 - August 11, 2013

Preview Reception May 25, 4-6pm

Special Lecture by exhibitng artist Arturo Alonzo Sandoval at 6pm.

Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber is an exhibition of artwork by multiple generations of top-tier, internationally celebrated fiber artists.The exhibit was organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art for a national tour.


Photo Credit:

Nick cave, Soundsuit, 2009

Innovators and Legends explores the explosion of fiber as a fine arts movement during the latter half of the 20th century with over 75 works by 50 artists. The exhibition tells the story of the ongoing transformation of fiber arts from the functional and decorative to the innovative and experimental, and the creative potential of the wide array of diverse materials and techniques being used today. Contemporary themes such as narrative, identity, ecology, recycling, and political thought are explored, while continuing to draw upon the beauty and visual richness achieved through color, pattern, texture, and form.

Ted Hallman, Spider Lady, circa 1990


Preview Reception May 25, 4-6pm

Special Lecture by exhibitng artist Arturo Alonzo Sandoval at 6pm

Arturo Alonzo Sandoval is an internationally renowned. He has exhibited in over 704 exhibitions around the world since 1964. He has been awarded several prestigious fellowships and grants and is the current Professor and Head of the Fiber Program at the University of Kentucky. What distinguishes Arturo from other artists working in fiber is his choice to explore and recycle twentieth century industrial materials which have been primarily designed as tapes or films. Incorporating them into woven or interlaced webs provides permutations for design concepts which are personalized into a visual vocabulary of the sky, water, landscape; and more recently, issues related to international and domestic politics, terrorism, total nuclear threat, cosmic realms, and personal spiritual beliefs. Admission for the Preview Reception is $6,Members and children under 12 are free.

Photo credit: Arturo Alonzo Sandoval,

Pattern Fusion No. 12: Motherboard 3, 2009

Exhibiting Artists:

Adela Akers

Ilze Aviks

Susan Taber Avila

Mary Bero

Susie Brandt

Sandra Brownlee

Mira Burack

Deborah Frazee Carlson

Maggie Casey

Nick Cave

Amy Clarke Moore

Nancy Crow

Annica Cuppetelli

Sally Hayden Gilmore

Layne Goldsmith

Ted Hallman

Karen Hampton

Geary Jones

Mary Anne Jordan

Lindsay Ketterrer Gates

Lewis Knauss

Gerhardt Knodel

Hyuk Kwon

Jane Lackey


Gyöngy Laky

Mi-Kyoung Lee

Jiseon Lee Isbara

Joan Livingstone

Tom Lundberg

Mark Newport

Laura Foster Nicholson

Hwa-Jin Oh

Michael Olszewski

Jason Pollen

Sara Rockinger

Arturo Alonzo Sandoval

Cynthia Schira

Celeste Scopelites

Warren Seelig

Kay Sekimachi

Piper Shepard

Carol Shinn

Sherri Smith

Pamela Turcyzn

Pauline Verbeek-Cowart

Sarah Wagner

Jon Wahling

Anne Wilson

Bhakti Ziek

Mark Newport, Sweaterman 7, 2011


In Gallery Julius :



Hawaiian Petroglyphs in Felt and Stitch by Angela Maroun

Angela Maroun has been a textile artist since 2006. She utilizes shibori dyeing techniques and screen printing with dye and textile paints to create layered patterning on cloth. Texture is added to the cloth with stitching and needle felting. This creates complex one of a kind backgrounds for her intensive hand embroidered and needle felted imagery. Hawaiian Petroglyphs in Felt and Stitch includes 12 works that are inspired by Petroglyphs located on Hawaii's Big Island.

Photo credit: Angela Maroun, I'a Ki'i Pohaku, 2013



More about Innovators & Legends:



The idea for the exhibition is that of Curator Geary Jones, a Grand Rapids, Michigan based artist and teacher. His idea was to create an exhibition that would give the casual viewer and scholar alike a chance to see some of the extraordinary originality in the world of fibers and textiles. Jones comments that Innovators and Legends contains art by “some of the best fiber artists in the world” and regardless of personal taste, there should be something that just about anyone can relate to”.


Sally Hayden Gilmore, Milk, 2011

Participating artists are among the finest in the field of fiber art. Beginning with artists active in the 1960s—and Katherine Westphal from the 1940s—Innovators and Legends uses the art as a framework for exploring the recognition of fibers as fine art and the innovations that have occurred in the field. As each generation of artists in this exhibition pushed the boundaries of tradition, they enabled subsequent artists to expand further, challenging the very nature of fiber arts. Internationally celebrated artists such as Gerhardt Knodel, Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, Tom Lundberg, Nancy Crow, and Sherri Smith recommended peers and former students for inclusion, establishing a base of teaching and reciprocal inspiration upon which to build the exhibition.

Visitors will see a variety of fibers and techniques that may challenge their notion of textiles. To touch on a few of the highlights: the knitted superhero costumes of Mark Newport and a Soundsuit by Nick Cave will share space with Gyöngy Laky’s natural wood construction Globalization III: Red Ink, Nancy Crow’s monoprint textile Self-Portrait: Day Dreams and Focus, and a felt sculpture by Joan Livingstone. Arturo Alonzo Sandoval has contributed work from his Pattern Fusion series, Ted Hallman exhibits two woven works from different points in his career, and Gerhardt Knodel a new mixed media work, Do You See What I See?

The exhibition will travel to the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky from September 8 to December 1, 2013 and the University Art Museum of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado from January 24 to April 11, 2014.

A fully- illustrated exhibition catalogue, published by the Muskegon Museum of Art, accompanies Innovators and Legends,  and will be available for purchase at the exhibit.


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