Director at Large: Lee Talbot

Director at Large: Lee Talbot

Director at Large:
Lee Talbot

Personal Statement:  

The Textile Society of America and The Textile Museum, my home institution, share a common objective in endeavoring to advance the field of textile studies, nationally and internationally. I strongly support this mission and recognize the TSA’s vital role in the textile community as a platform for the exchange and dissemination of information and ideas. As such, I would like to contribute my knowledge, professional experience, and passion for textiles towards the advancement of the TSA’s goals by serving as a Board member. As a curator I attempt to draw from diverse disciplines and integrate the historical with the contemporary, and as a TSA Board member I would strive to maintain and strengthen the multiplicity of approaches, interests, and perspectives that so invigorate the TSA membership and programming. I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to an organization that has inspired me, enhanced my understanding of the textile arts, and provided me with such an enriching forum for fellowship and learning with other textile enthusiasts.  


Lee is Curator, Eastern Hemisphere Collections, The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. As head of the Museum’s Exhibitions Task Force, his duties include developing and overseeing a multi-year exhibition schedule, and serving as staff liaison with the Board of Trustees. Lee has participated as a juror and curator on a number of exhibitions, including World Textile Art: VI Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art, juror (2011); American Tapestry Alliance, Ninth American Tapestry Biennial Exhibition, juror (2012); The Textile Society of America’s R. L. Shep Ethnic Textile Book Award Committee, 2011-2013; The Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum at Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea: Curator, 2003-2006. He serves on the editorial board (2011- present) of Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture.

He has an MPhl (2009) and MA (2001) from Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, New York, NY, and an MBA (1991) from The Thunderbird School of Global Management, Phoenix, AZ.

Lee’s exhibitions include: Blue (2008); Fabrics of Feathers and Steel: The Innovation of Nuno (2009); The Art of Living: Textile Furnishings from the Permanent Collection (2010); Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain (2010); Second Lives: The Age-Old Art of Recycling Textiles (2011); Green: the Color and the Cause (2011); Dragons, Nagas, and Creatures of the Deep (2012); Woven Treasures of Japan’s Tawaraya Workshop (2012); Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories (2015); China: Through the Lens of John Thomson, 1868-1872 (2015); and Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora (2016). His recent publications include: “19th Century Chinese Culture as Seen Through Textiles and Photographs,” Textiles Asia (September, 2015: vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 18-25); “Celestial and Mountain Symbols in Chinese Textiles,” in Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories (Washington: The Textile Museum, 2015, pp. 14-23); History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400-2000, Susan Weber and Pat Kirkham, editors (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013), author of chapters on Chinese and Korean decorative arts and design (pp. 3-22; pp. 145-164), among others.