TSA Fellows

Do you know someone who has dedicated their life and work to the study, creation, teaching, and/or preservation of textiles and in doing so has inspired colleagues and transformed the field? If so, why don’t you nominate them to be honored as a Fellow of the Textile Society of America?

The closing date for nominations is July 15, so don’t delay!


Click below to view the 2015 Fellows

Ann P. Rowe

Ann P. Rowe

Jack Lenor Larsen

Jack Lenor Larsen

Sheila Hicks

Sheila Hicks

In 2015 the Textile Society of America instituted a new program to recognize and honor individuals who have over the course of their careers made path-breaking contributions to the field in textile scholarship, education, art, or in sustaining textile arts globally. Three fellowships were awarded in 2015, but from now on only two Fellowships will be awarded biennially.

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. Nominations will be reviewed by a special TSA Board-appointed committee over the summer, and the new Fellows will be announced in the fall of 2017.

“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