Vice President/President Elect: Lisa Kriner
I became a Textile Society of America member in 1996, as I was leaving my design position in the textile industry and starting my MFA graduate program. During this transition, TSA provided me an opportunity to think about the cross-disciplinary nature of textiles and how those areas of study encourage a critical and engaged conversation about world textiles past and present. Over the 20 years of my membership, I have met people at symposia and on the Board who have made me think, encouraged me to explore, and provided me intellectual support. I am honored to be considered for this position and hope to encourage experienced and new members to immerse themselves in TSA’s goals of information exchange and dissemination and to explore their personal textile connections in TSA’s intellectually rich and culturally varied community.
Lisa is Professor of Art, Berea College, Berea, KY, where she teaches Fiber Art, Printmaking, Appalachian Weaving, Design, and a Global Issues seminar called “Who Owns Culture?” She also carries the Morris B. Belknap Chair in Fine Arts. From 1998 to2000, Lisa was a Lecturer at The University of Kansas and was a Visiting Professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design during the summer of 2008. She earned her MFA in Fibers in 1998 from the University of Kansas and her BS in Textile Technology and Design from North Carolina State University in 1993.
Lisa has previously served on the TSA Board, as Internal Relations Director from 2004-2007, and Director-at-large from 2002-2004. She regularly exhibits her art, and has served as curator and juror for a number of textile exhibitions including “2013 Form, Not Function,” Carnegie Center for Art and History, New Albany, IN (juror and co-authored catalog essay); “Domestic, Decorative, and Daring: Aprons Collected by Helen Hawley” co-curated with Dr. Rebecca Bates, The Doris Ulmann Galleries, Lower Traylor Gallery, Berea College, Berea, KY, 2011; “Uncommon Threads: Embroidered Textiles from the Permanent Collection,” The Doris Ulmann Galleries, Rogers Gallery, Berea College, Berea, KY, 2010.