Rowland Ricketts utilizes natural dyes and historical processes to create contemporary textiles that span art and design. Trained in indigo farming and dyeing in Japan, Rowland received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2005 and is a Professor in Indiana University’s Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design. His work has been exhibited at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery. Rowland is a recipient of a United States Artists Fellowship.
Ai-no-keshiki – Indigo Views, 2018. Rowland Ricketts – art direction, Norbert Herber – sound. Indigo-dyed linen, faded over 5 months in the homes of 450 participants from 9 countries. Installation at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery, 2020. Image courtesy of Renwick Gallery.
Sponsorship: The annual Sinton Lecture is made possible with the generous support of The Carol Walter Sinton Fund for Fiber Arts Studies.