The distinguished magazine, Art in America, said "Fiber art could be recognized simply as a division of visual art — not the same thing as Pointillism or Pop Art, but not something less — with it's own particular identity and strengths. — Janet Koplos, 1996
Begining in the 1960s Magdalena Abakanowicz, Olga de Amaral, Jean Lurcat, Ed Rossbach, Lenore Tawney, Claire Zeisler and others began to extend the boundaries of acceptable material for production of fine art. Their one-of-a-kind works were usually constructed of flexible materials using textile techniques. Works called "fiber art" include (but are not limited to) sculptural baskets, quilts made for the wall and the first fiber art, tapestry.
Friends of Fiber Art tells the world that fiber art is the collectible of the 21st century and helps you find it. We facilitate opportunities and programs for the education of potential collectors. Such as:
Present public lectures and symposia such as the annual member-artist presentations at the SOFA Expo in Chicago each November.
Provide a calendar of contemporary fiber art exhibitions in galleries, art centers and museums all over the globe and on the Internet. Click on WHERE for a list of shows.
Support a series of regional exhibitions featuring contemporary fiber art from private and public collections. The catalog for the first show from Midwest collections. Material Difference: Soft Sculpture and Wall Works, may be purchased from Friends. Click HOW
Award grants to support professionally-mounted exhibitions with catalogs of soft sculpture and wall works. Since founding in 1991, Friends of Fiber Art has granted more than a quarter million dollars to such shows. Annual grant deadline is July 1. Download the Guidelines and Application from HOW.
Instruct and inspire connoisseurs about the collectibility of art in fibrous materials through a series of innovative and unique member programs such as:
- Bus trips to private homes of collectors of fiber and other fine art.
- Curator-guided tours of museum shows of fiber art.
- Triennial tours to the most important international survey of the state of contemporary fiber art. To be presented in Poland, May 2013 and 2016.