About the Artist
Hillary Steel is an artist and teacher who specializes in weaving and resist dyeing. She incorporates ikat and shibori (in Spanish, jaspe and amarras) into her hand-woven wall pieces. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Buffalo, she began her study of textiles in post-baccalaureate coursework at SUNY Buffalo State College and the University of Pittsburgh, and deepened her knowledge through her travels to Côte d’Ivoire, Peru, Chile, and Mexico. Hillary received a master’s degree in teaching from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and has worked in public and private schools in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and the DC metropolitan area as an artist in residence. She has also studied with the Mexican master rebozo weaver Don Evaristo Borboa Casas. Hillary’s work has been displayed in national and international exhibitions in Costa Rica, Mexico, Japan, Korea, and China, and is held in numerous private and public collections, including the Smithsonian Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, the George Washington Textile Museum, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Art Bank Collection, and the American embassies in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and Tijuana, Mexico. Steel is a recipient of a 2018 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award and a FY21 Artists and Scholars award from the Montgomery County Arts and Humanities Council. She has been a resident of Montgomery County, Maryland, since 1994, and maintains a studio in Silver Spring.