Wed, 11/27/2013 – Sun, 05/04/2014

Goodman Gallery

This exhibition in Goodman Gallery featured stunningly singular artworks by six regional fiber artists who integrated various forms of media to achieve powerful results. Peggy Hobbs’s horsehair sweater, titled Inside Out (1980s), and Linda Friedman Schmidt’s dramatic Run Riding Hood (2005) are two examples of contemporary fiber art that challenges expectations and convention. Regina Miller, Barbara Schulman, Ted Hallman, and newcomer Lizz Berry further explore the wilder side of textiles–these edgy, three-dimensional artworks are far from being flat, static pieces of traditional “woman‘s work.” Newer creations have been paired with some exceptional pieces from the Museum’s permanent collection to illustrate how certain artists’ visions have changed over the years. The overall effect on the visitor is nearly hallucinogenic. Says Fiber Art Now magazine (Winter 2014, Vol. 3, issue 2), “The six regional artists showcased in the Museum’s Goodman Gallery express their collective creative energy in an explosion of mixed media and in imagery that occasionally flashes dark.”

Peggy Hobbs, Inside Out


Linda Friedman Schmidt, Run Riding Hood


Featured image: Detail from Ted Hallman, Branded Image, 1992, woven painted cotton with acrylic paint and wood frame. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fowler Merle-Smith, 1998