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Terese Agnew

Terese Agnew

Terese Agnew with Portrait of a Textile Worker, Mark Markley photograph

Terese Agnew's work has evolved from sculpture to densely embroidered quilts by a process she calls “drawing with thread”. Her themes are environmental and social. Her most notable quilt, Portrait of a Textile Worker, is constructed of thousands of clothing labels stitched together, contributed by hundreds of sympathetic individuals worldwide. The resulting image is about the exploitation and abuse of laborers, the by-products of globalization and the insatiable American appetite for goods.

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Randall Darwall

Randall Darwall

Randall Darwall at the Smithsonian Craft Show, Jennifer Gerardi photograph

Randall Darwall is a master colorist and weaver whose hallmark is an extraordinarily refined aesthetic, is one of contemporary craft’s finest weavers, bringing an intelligence and liveliness to his work. He sees his goal as “not just making patterns, but giving people something to think about.” For Darwall, dyeORing and weaving is a way to set up a conversation between colors; when the cloth is worn, it becomes kinetic. His approaching 25th anniversary with life‐partner and designer Brian Murphy is testament to a joyous, enduring relationship that colors his work.

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Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold with Tar Beach, Mark Markley photograph

Internationally celebrated artist, teacher and author, Faith Ringgold is best known for her painted story quilts to bring the proud history of African-American masters to a new generation. Her story is about a "veritable lifetime in a struggle to become an artist." Her famous quilt, Tar Beach resides at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Ringgold also works in many other media, such as a notable mosaic for the New York subway system at 125th Street in Harlem.

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Consuelo Jimenez Underwood

Consuelo Jimenez Underwood

Weaver and artist, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, Courtesy of the Artist

Consuelo Jimenez Underwood incorporates weaving, sewing, painting, and appliqué to produce a proud political statement, representing her own history as a migrant agricultural worker, signifying her hybrid culture as well as the arbitrary lines that divide. Artistic expression is deeply tied to traditional Huichol weaving, a heritage she incorporates into her large mixed media textiles. Borders and barriers are the vocabulary she uses to describe and celebrate the lives of migrant workers and indigenous people who are marginalized and downtrodden. 

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Visionaries

Black Mountain College
Jack Lenor Larsen
Forrest L. Merrill
Felicia Rice
Kay Sekimachi

California

Deborah Cross
The Gamble House
Jack Ipekjian
James Ipekjian
Judson Studios
Corine Pearce
Randy Stromsoe

Neighbors

Gerardo Monterrubio
Carlomagno Pedro Martínez
Magdalena Pedro Martínez
Jaime Guerrero
Miguel Angel Ortiz Miranda
Carmen Tapia
Cristina Romo
Eduardo Herrera
Judy Baca

Borders

Ofelia Esparza
J. Isaac Vásquez García
Jim Bassler
Veralee Bassler
Kiff Slemmons
Francisco Toledo

Nature

Patrick Dougherty
Michelle Holzapfel
Mary Merkel-Hess
Preston Singletary
Catherine Alice Michaelis

Teachers

Mark Mitsuda
Barbara Teller Ornelas & Lynda Teller Pete
Linda Sikora
Therman Statom

Celebration

Corey Chan
Thomas Chun
East West Floats
Babatunde Kenneth Graves & Malik Seneferu
Yumei Hou
Jeff Lee
Travis Lum
Nawal Motawi
Pewabic
Yoshiko Yamamoto
Jared Young

Music

Joan Baez
C.F Martin & Co.
Scotty Barnhart
Tony Ellis
Rhiannon Giddens
Jason Ginter
James Hartel
Kamaka Hawaii
The David G. Monette Corporation
Joseph Pereira
Jake Shimabukuro
Stelling Banjo Works

Service

Eugene Burks
Pam DeLuco
Judas Recendez
Ehren Tool
Peter Voulkos

Industry

Joe Cunningham
Bethanne Knudson
Jan Lee
Graham McKay
Lucy Mingo
Libby O'Bryan
Mary Ann Pettway
Shane Yamane

Holiday

Biltmore House
Veronica Castillo
Garcia Art Glass
Susan Garson
Grove Park Inn
Harley Refsal
Isabel and Enrique Sanchez
Kathleen Trenchard

Forge

Chloe Darke
Albert Paley
Tom Pullin

Crossroads

Tanya Aguiñiga
Lia Cook
Clary Illian
Warren MacKenzie
Jeff Oestreich

Threads

Terese Agnew
Randall Darwall
Faith Ringgold
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood

Family

Cliff Lee
Holly Lee
Paul Marioni
Dante Marioni
Marina Marioni
Ed Moulthrop
Philip Moulthrop
Matt Moulthrop
Lisa Sorrell

Messages

Charles M. Carrillo
Beth Lipman
Thomas Mann 
Joyce J. Scott

Process

92nd St Y 
Julie Chen 
Cary Esser 
Kansas City Art Institute 
Tom Killion
Nikki Lewis 
North Bennet Street School 
Dave & Roberta Williamson

Origins

Jim Bassler 
Teri Greeves 
Mark Hewitt 
Jugtown Pottery 
Vernon Owens 
Pam Owens 
Travis Owens
Philip Simmons 
Paul Stankard 

Community

Jamex and Einar de la Torre
Sarah Jaeger
Ken Loeber
Dona Look
Mississippi Cultural Crossroads
Penland School of Crafts
Pilchuck Glass School
Hystercine Rankin
Denise and Samuel Wallace

Landscape

Kit Carson
David Gurney
George Nakashima
Mira Nakashima-Yarnall
Richard Notkin
Timberline Lodge
Jan Yager

Memory

Cranbrook Academy of Art
Garry Knox Bennett
Pat Courtney Gold
Mary Jackson
Tom Joyce
Sam Maloof