Saint Louis University

The Saint Louis University Museum of Art

Aug. 23 - Oct. 6

Speaking of Fibers 2013 is a juried exhibition that speaks to a wide interpretation of defining fiber art. The exhibition features more than 40 works from artisans, including weavers, basket makers, spinners, knitters, quilters, paper makers and surface designers. Each artist shares the goal of promoting and increasing awareness of fiber art in Missouri and surrounding states.

The exhibition opens on Friday, Aug. 23. A reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 27 from 5 - 8 p.m.

This Missouri Fiber Artists exhibition was juried by Janice Nesser-Chu, an educator, mixed-media artist and an activist in the arts community. Her life's work has centered on social activism, education, mentorship and promotion of women in the arts.

"Speaking of Fiber explores the execution of both traditional and innovative materials, Nesser-Chu said. "The artistry engages the viewer, while showcasing the talents and diverse perspectives that comprise a community of artists.

"In addition to utilizing fiber or fiber techniques, each artist moves the medium in new and exciting directions.

"Although many of the fiber pieces in this exhibition incorporate strong, vibrant color, Nesser-Chu found herself drawn to others such as Meditation by Rosemary Claus-Gray and Meditation on Spring by Peggy Wyman, both, said Nesser-Chu,
'instill a quiet, monochromatic tone, with just the slightest reference to color.'

Speaking of Fibers continues until Oct. 6 at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art.

About the Missouri Fiber Artists:

Missouri Fiber Artists (MoFA) is a non-for-profit organization whose purpose is to promote statewide communication among individuals and groups participating in all aspects of the fiber arts.