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January Issue 2011

NC State University in Raleigh, NC, Features Textile Exhibit & Symposium

The North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, will present the exhibit, Traces: Mapping A Journey in Textiles, on view at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, from Jan. 20 through May 14, 2011.

Internationally-known fiber artist Barbara Lee Smith is guest curator of this major exhibition. Featuring twelve artists from the United States, Canada and the Netherlands, the show reveals a range of approaches, techniques, and media as each artist explores the concept of "place" and geographical narrative, often through revolutionary technology and advanced materials.

These artists reveal traces wherever they work; observing, reflecting, and, in reaction, leaving their own visual marks. Some follow a trail of journeys or maps describing place, time and feeling. Others explore our impact on the world around us, an interplay of both negative and positive effects on the land. The combined works form a tracery ­ a mesh or grid ­ of ideas, materials and technical innovations to engage and challenge viewers to arrive at a broader definition of art and place.

Artists with works in the exhibition include: Marian Bijlenga, Rachel Brumer, Lou Cabeen, Carol Ann Carter, Dorothy Caldwell, Kyoung Ae Cho, Marc Dombrowsky, Nancy Erickson, Susan Lordi Marker, Gail Rieke, Devorah Sperber and Clare Verstegen.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Gregg has planned a symposium, Trace Evidence Symposium, Mar. 24­26, 2011, to explore thoughts of how textiles serve as an accessible and suitable medium for communicating the interconnected traceries of the paths we travel. There will be panel discussions, a keynote address by Dr. Glenn Adamson, Deputy Head of Research and Head of Graduate Studies, Victoria and Albert Museum, and a lunch address by Dr. Blanton Godfrey, Dean, NCSU College of Textiles. Panels will focus on the Creative Community, Moving Into New Terrain, Challenging Assumptions, and Artist and the Environment. Noted textile artists and NCSU College of Design faculty Susan Brandeis, Vita Plume and Jan-Ru Wan will serve as panelists together with artists in the Traces exhibition.

In addition to the Gregg's exhibition, a number of institutions throughout the Raleigh area are hosting textile exhibitions during the symposium. Shuttle service will be provided to take participants around to the various locations. Tour stops include: NCSU College of Design, Artspace, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, NCSU College of Textiles, and Meredith College, among others. Please visit (www.ncsu.edu/gregg) for further details.

The Gregg Museum of Art & Design will also present, The Pull of the Moon: Recent Work by Barbara Lee Smith, on view from Jan. 20 through May 14, 2011. Curated by Lynn Jones Ennis, this exhibition includes nonwoven textile pieces by Smith, the artist who curated Traces. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution and the Racine (Wisconsin) Art Museum, among many other museums. Smith lives on an island near Tacoma, WA, where she works in a studio surrounded by nature. Her relationship and appreciation for the natural world are apparent in the inspired pieces she creates through the use of rich colors and textured surfaces.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Museum at 919/513-7244 or visit (www.ncsu.edu/arts).


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