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Excellence in Fibers 2016

Excellence in Fibers 2016 puts the focus on the makers’ intentions and can incorporate the vast range of fiber mediums. Go to: to learn more about this submission opportunity.


Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 11.57.07 AMGerhardt Knodel studied art, music and theater at the University of California, Los Angeles, and did his graduate studies at California, Long Beach, where he explored fabric as a medium for shaping and redefining living environments. Studying of the aesthetic and psychological implications of cloth architecture resulted in extensive travels throughout the world, where he has experienced and studied living textile-based traditions. For more than four decades, Knodel’s work has been presented in art galleries and museums throughout the world, including exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland; The Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz Poland; and his recent exhibition at the Art Museum of American University, Washington, D.C. Visit Gerhardt Knodel’s website to learn more about his work and experiences.

Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 5.52.01 PMMelissa Leventon is a specialist in European and American dress and textiles.  Formerly Curator-in-Charge of Textiles at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, she is now principal of Curatrix Group Museum Consultants.  Melissa authored Artwear: Fashion and Anti-fashion (2005) and has contributed to publications on Kay Sekimachi, Emily DuBois, and Mark Adams, among others.  She teaches fashion history and theory at California College of the Arts, and is currently a senior consultant to the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles in Bangkok. Visit Melissa Leventon’s website to learn more about her accomplishments and current activities.

Hi July 2014 photo by Carmine Picarello

Norma Minkowitz is a Graduate of the Cooper Union Art School in NYC.  Minkowitz’s Art is in the permanent collection of 30 museums including Metropolitan Museum of Art, Montreal Museum of Art; Museum of Arts and Design; Museum of Fine Arts Boston and numerous   private and public collections.Minkowitz is the recipient of the Master of the Medium award from the James Renwick Alliance, Connecticut Commission on the Arts grants, Fellow of the American Crafts Council, National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship, among others. Visit Norma Minkowitz’s website to learn more about her work and experiences.

Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 6.52.56 PMEmily Zilber is the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s first Ronald L. and Anita C. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, where she oversees craft and design in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art and throughout the museum. Her recent exhibitions include Crafted: Objects in Flux, Nature, Sculpture, Abstraction and Clay: 100 Years of American Ceramics, and New Blue and White. Previously, Zilber was Assistant Curator at Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

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