The Mosesian Center for the Arts in partnership with the Surface Design Association present a winter regional exhibition titled Threaded: Contemporary Fiber in New England. This exhibition combines artwork from Surface Design Association members that reside in all 6 New England states (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island) in a narrative that presents a unique perspective on the artistic voices of our region. The dialogue that is created between the works of art in this exhibition speaks to the diversity of fiber arts and surface design in our region and is representative of the explorative nature of artists throughout New England. Artwork in all fiber and surface design mediums as identified by the Surface Design Association’s membership criteria, in both 2D and 3D formats, are presented in this exhibition.
The exhibition was juried by Beth McLaughlin, Chief Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Fuller Craft Museum.
Exhibit Dates: February 6 – March 20, 2020
Opening Reception and Spend the Day with SDA Event
February 15, 2020, 10am-5pm
This day-long event features networking, workshops, and a panel discussion with Threaded: Contemporary Fiber in New England Juror Beth McLaughlin. This event is open to all current members of the Surface Design Association. Non-members are welcome to attend, space permitting. This event is supported in part by SDA whose 2020 grant program is funded by the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation. The day will conclude with an Opening Reception event that will be free and open to the public.
10:00-10:30 am: Registration & Coffee
with Swatch Collection & Materials Swap*
10:30 am-12:00 pm: Small group mingle activities including:
Connect & Work Share
12:00-1:00 pm: Juried Pecha Kucha of NE Members. Selected presenters will give lightning talks in a storytelling format showing 20 slides for 20 seconds with commentary.
1:00-2:00 pm: BYO Brown Bag Lunch
Ongoing Swatches & Materials Swap
Opportunity to tour the exhibit on your own
2-3:30 pm: Speaker & Panel
Welcome from MCA staff member
Comments by juror Beth McLaughlin, Curator, Fuller Craft Museum
Panel discussion followed by a Q&A
- Sarah Parrish, Assistant Professor of Art History, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
- Lissa Hunter, Independent Artist, Portland, ME
- May Babcock, Interdisciplinary Paper Artist, Providence, RI
Panel topic: What trends and changes are occurring in the fiber art world? What do artists driven by concept bring to the field? How can artists driven by aesthetics and technique respond to their innovative direction? How can both types work together?
3:30-5:00 pm: Threaded Exhibition public reception
*Materials Swap details:
Bring your usable, unwanted materials, fabric, books, yarn and other fiber related goods to swap. Be sure to visit the swap table whether you bring something or not. We ask that if the materials you donate are still there at the end of the meeting to please take them home with you. Everyone wins!
Exhibiting Artists: Agusta Agustsson, Robin Bergman, Michele Bonner, Shari Boraz, Eva Camacho-Sanchez, Nancy Crasco, Judith Daniels, Rosalind Daniels, Jennifer Davies, Alexis Deise, Elizabeth Fram, Amy Genser, Ania Gilmore, Anna Kristina Gorannson, Carol Anne Grotrian, Kimberley Harding, Sarah Haskell, Karen Henderson, Roselyn Hobbs, Carol Ingram, Mary-Ellen Latino, Virginia Mahoney, Saberah Malik, Yekaterina Mokeyeva, Jennifer Lee Morrow, Kara Patrowicz, Ann Ribbens, Leslie Roth, Minna Rothman, Steffanie Schwam, Adrienne Shishko, Dianne Shullenberger, Jeanne Sisson, Adrienne Sloane, Ellen Solari, Dayna Talbot, India Tresselt, Betty Vera, Sharon Webster
About the Juror: Beth C. McLaughlin is Chief Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts. Ms. McLaughlin has held leadership and curatorial roles in the arts and museum fields for over 25 years at institutions across the U.S., including Fuller Craft Museum, Oakland Museum of California, and DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. She has curated over 45 exhibitions and has served as a juror/adjudicator for a number of cultural organizations, including American Craft Council, Fiber Art Now Excellence in Fibers, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Providence Holiday Art Sale, and the City of Worcester. Ms. McLaughlin has been published in several books and periodicals, such as Crafting Dissent: Handicraft as Protest from the American Revolution to the Pussyhats, Fiber Art Now, the Decorative Arts Society Newsletter, and American Craft Magazine. Ms. McLaughlin is passionate about expanding awareness of the craft field, promoting the makers, and exploring the transformative powers of handmade objects.