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Are you familiar with Judith Trager,  artist, lecturer, juror and curator? Here is a primer on Judith and her work (thanks to Craftsy).

The Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, Colorado is preparing for an exciting event, August 25-26, 2017. The 75 NEXT exhibition and symposium will allow attendees to attend a day-long symposium on the status of contemporary fiber arts and view exhibitions of works by Judith Trager, artist, curator, lecturer and juror as well as a special invitational exhibition. Judith will be joined by 45 of her friends, mentors, and students from around the world. The exhibit is in two parts—a group show with new work from Susan Else, Barbara Lee Smith, Joan Schulze, Patty Hawkins, Regina Benson, and many more special friends, and a solo show of Judith’s newest work.

Are you in the Boulder, Colorado region (or are you up for a weekend junket with your friends)? The 75 NEXT Symposium and Exhibition will give you a shot of creativity and energy. There are still a few tickets left. Get your ticket now and join a group of innovative thinkers in the fiber art and textiles field for a day of discussion, art, and-of course-friends.

75 Opening Reception NEXT Symposium
August 25, 2017 August 26, 2017
5 – 8 p.m. 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

All at the Dairy Arts Center, 26th and Walnut Streets, Boulder, Colorado.

SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION

In Her Own Words: An Interview with Judith Trager

FAN: What was the inspiration for the 75 NEXT Exhibition & Symposium?

“Since coming to Colorado in 1985, I have been active in building a fiber arts community with the help of many talented artists. I have been part of the Dairy Arts Center since it’s inception 25 years ago, curating fiber shows, working with other artists and such. When Bill Obermeier, the Executive Director of The Dairy Arts Center found that I was going to be 75 this summer, he asked if I would organize a show built around my work and the work of my students, mentors and friends. I was humbled and delighted to do so and the NEXT symposium grew out of this effort. I feel that the Fiber Arts world is changing and becoming more “mainstream” and inclusive. We are no longer viewed as only “women’s work” and have integrated into a conglomerate that is inclusive of all the arts. Therefore, I have included painting, fiber, 3-D work and much more in the show.”

FAN: How is this symposium going to be unique and different from other conferences?

“It consists of panels and two talks, one by Alice Zrebiec, former textiles curator at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC and the Denver Art Museum. The artists chosen for the panels are all leaders in their fields—artists who have both national and international chops. Because of the age range of the artists involved with 75/NEXT many different views will be given. And, we’re talking about the hard stuff—how we get recognized, collected, seen. And we will be talking about what comes next: how we formulate our thoughts about a new media for the new decade.”

FAN: Tell me about the 75 NEXT exhibition associated with the Symposium as well as the works of your own that will be exhibited.

“I was given carte blanche by The Dairy Arts Center. We have the entire space to fill. There are two shows basically, a solo (mine) and the group show. My work is all new from 2015 to now. It will include lots of new landscapes, another kimono (I’ll show all three) just finished, and a few off the wall things like The Refugee Series that just came back from Sacred Threads. I have 25 pieces.

The group show includes the work of my 29-year old critique group, The Piecemakers, current students of the Master Class I teach once a month (for 15 years), former students, both workshop and residential, foreign and domestic. Artists from 7 countries have also been invited as they have been my students or colleagues. It is a very diverse group show, one which I think will make a big impact. Almost all the artists are coming! I’m very excited about it. Dorothy  Raymond and I are writing a catalog which will be available at the opening.”

There are currently 75 people signed up for the symposium. There is room for 25 more. Now is the time to secure your tickets!

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