Focus: Fiber 2011

December 2, 2011 - March 4, 2012

Hosted in coordination with the Textile Art Alliance of the Cleveland Museum of Art,  Focus: Fiber 2011 features the best of contemporary textile/fiber work and pushes the boundaries of the medium -- merging ancient and new techniques in exciting and surprising ways.

Focus: Fiber 2011, features 50 works, by 39 artists. Two hundred and seventy-eight pieces were submitted from an eight state region -- Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.  The submissions varied from installation and performance works, to innovative re-visioning of traditional textiles.

Above right: Heather Ujiie, Resurrection, 10’ x 19’, digital inkjet print on cotton with beading, embroidery and embellishments

Left: M.E.Ware, Power Suit for Modern Mothers, 2011, 5.5x2x2, felted laundry lint

Entries were juried by internationally recognized fiber artist Dorothy Caldwell of Hastings, Ontario. “Focus: Fiber 2011-12 provides a broad cross-section of work in an important field of contemporary art. I was struck by the audacious use of eccentric fabrics and casual construction – the unpredictable carrier of a message.”

Focus: Fiber 2011 is Sponsored by:

Textile Art Alliance of the Cleveland Museum of Art
Canton Fine Arts Associates
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. 


Awards, announced December 8:

TAA President’s Award:  Heather Ujiie, Resurrection  

Mary Ann & Jack Katzenmyer Award:  Rowland Rickets, Noren Partition #24

Mary Ann & Jack Katzenmyer Award:  Adam Kessler, Human Fan

Benchmark Award for Innovation:  M.E. Ware, Power Suit

Pat Catan Award:  Emily Eibel, Pem, Still Life and Night Watchman (group of works)


The Textile Art Alliance, an affiliate group of the Cleveland Museum of Art, established this juried, triennial exhibition in 1970.

Caldwell, a graduate of Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia has exhibited and taught in Japan, India, Australia, and the Arctic. Her work is included in many collections including the American Museum of Arts and Design and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.