Mission Statement


The Textile Society of America, Inc. provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of information about textiles worldwide, from artistic, cultural, economic, historic, political, social, and technical perspectives.

Established in 1987, TSA is governed by a Board of Directors from museums and universities in North America. Its 700 members worldwide include museum curators, teachers, historians, artists, students, dealers, and collectors.

TSA organizes biennial symposia. The juried papers presented at each symposium are published in Proceedings. It also distributes a Newsletter, membership directory, and textile bibliography. These Publications are included in TSA membership.

Board of Directors

  • Roxane Shaughnessy
    Roxane Shaughnessy
    Textile Museum of Canada
  • Vita Plume
    Vita Plume
    Vice President
    Professor Emerita
  • Elena Phipps
    Elena Phipps
    Past President
    Independent Scholar/Senior Research Scholar MMA
  • Maleyne Syracuse
    Maleyne Syracuse
    Independent Finance Professional 
  • Susan Brown
    Susan Brown
    Recording Secretary
    Associate Curator, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
  • Catharine Ellis
    Catharine Ellis
    Director of Internal Relations
  • Wendy Weiss
    Wendy Weiss
    Director of External Relations
    Professor Emerita / Artist
  • Susan Bean
    Susan Bean
    Director at Large
    Independent curator
  • Laura Camerlengo
    Laura Camerlengo
    Director at Large
    Exhibitions Assistant with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Costume and Textiles department
  • Eulanda A. Sanders
    Eulanda A. Sanders
    Director at Large
    Iowa State University, Ames Iowa, Department of Apparel...
  • Rowland Ricketts
    Rowland Ricketts
    Director at Large
    Associate Professor
  • Jill D’Alessandro
    Jill D’Alessandro
    Director at Large
    De Young Museum
  • Dominique Cardon
    Dominique Cardon
    International Advisor to the Board
    Research Scholar, CNRS, France
  • Ruth Barnes
    Ruth Barnes
    Director at Large
  • Lauren Whitley
    Lauren Whitley
    Director at Large
    Curator, Dept. of Textile & Fashion Arts

Task Representatives

  • Roy Hamilton
    Roy Hamilton
    Program Chair, 14th Biennial TSA Symposium, Los Angeles 2014
    Curator, Asian & Pacific Collections, Fowler Museum
  • Sharon Takeda
    Sharon Takeda
    Co-Host, 14th Biennial TSA Symposium, Los Angeles 2014
    Senior Curator and Head of the Department of Costume and Textiles, LACMA
  • Marlys McGuire, St. Paul, MN
    Marlys McGuire, St. Paul, MN
    Bibliography Editor
    Librarian, MaGrath Library, University of Minnesota


  • Tali Weinberg
    Tali Weinberg
    Executive Director, Textile Society of America
    PO Box 5617, Berkeley, CA 94705 Phone (510) 363-4541
  • Lauren Hartman
    Lauren Hartman
    Membership Associate
  • Ellyane Hutchinson
    Ellyane Hutchinson
    Website Coordinator
    New York