TSA Fellows

TSA Honors Louise Mackie and Anne Wilson, 2017 Fellows

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Past Fellows can be found at the bottom of this page.

Louise Mackie

Anne Wilson

Textile Society of America has instituted a new program to recognize and honor individuals who, over the course of their careers, have made path-breaking contributions to the field in textile scholarship, education, art, or in sustaining textile arts globally. Two Fellowships are awarded biennially.

Through this program TSA aims to foster recognition and appreciation for those who have dedicated their lives and work to the study, creation and preservation of textiles, and in doing so have inspired colleagues and transformed the field.

All TSA members are invited and encouraged to nominate colleagues who merit the status of Fellow of the Textile Society of America. Fellows need not be nationals or residents of the United States or Canada, nor do they have to be TSA members. Each nomination should be supported by a brief professional biography, a list of seminal publications, exhibitions, or history of work, and any other information that documents the nominee’s important contributions to the field of textiles. Each nomination must also be endorsed by two additional TSA members. These nominations are reviewed and selected biennially, by a special TSA-Board appointed committee.

“Textile arts and textile scholarship have experienced a significant increase in appreciation over the last decades, both in the visual arts and the academic world, largely due to the creative and exacting leadership provided by exceptional scholars, practitioners and teachers in the textile field.“

— Ruth Barnes, Thomas Jaffe Curator of Indo-Pacific Art at the Yale University Art Gallery and TSA Board member and chair of the Fellows Committee

“As we honor path-breaking leaders in the field, we also foreground the diverse ways that textiles are integral to human experience, emphasize the central roles that textiles play in life, and articulate our aspirations for the field as a whole.”

— Susan S. Bean, specialist in the visual arts of modern South Asia and TSA Board member

“The Fellows Program is an opportunity for TSA to recognize and honor the contributions of those whose dedication and work has enlarged our knowledge and appreciation of textiles. I hope that this will be just the beginning of a number of ways in which we can acknowledge these individuals, and the many others who have spent their lives teaching, creating, researching, defining, exploring and expanding the field, and as a result, enriching our world.”

— Elena Phipps, Past President, Textile Society of America

Download the full Press Release announcing this new initiative: Fellows Program Announcement


2015 Fellows

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Sheila Hicks

Jack Lenor Larsen

Ann P. Rowe

Ann P. Rowe