FABRICation features the work of 7 artists (Erin Castellan, Kristy Deetz, Virginia Derryberry, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson, and Natalie Smith) that incorporate a textile sensibility through elements of fabric and fabrication. Inspired by a rich array of historical textiles (drapery to quilt), these complex multi-part constructions are encoded by traditional handicraft to contrast our culture’s rampant media consumption with the redemptive nuance of slow work wrought by hand. Saturated with vibrant color, the luminous materiality activates the senses and counters passive visual skimming. Works range from delicate illusions to layered constructions to architectural interventions. Mixed media includes oil and acrylic paint, vintage clothing, aluminum screens, wool, silk, plastic, thread, vinyl, burlap, rug-hold, glass, recycled objects, and found fabrics. Whether painting, tapestry or construct, these works interweave sensory pleasure with repetitive process to invoke introspection and reflection.

Co-Curated by Kristy Deetz, Professor of Art (University of Wisconsin–Green Bay) and Reni Gower, Professor of Painting (Virginia Commonwealth University).  Catalogue essay by Jessica Hemmings, Professor and Head of the Faculty of Visual Culture (National College of Art & Design, Dublin).

Prospectus: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bs2b952bp3vembh/Digital%20Prospectus.pdf?dl=0

2013 – (Tag) Theatre Arts Galleries, High Point, NC
2014 – University of North Carolina Pembroke, A.D. Gallery, Pembroke, NC
2015 – Connecticut College, Cummings Art Galleries, New London, CT
2015 – Purdue University Galleries, West Lafayette, IN
2015 – Morehead State University, Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead, KY
2016 – Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI, Herron Galleries, Indianapolis, IN
2016 – McCormick Gallery, Midland College, Midland, TX
2016 – New Mexico University Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM
2016 – Crossman Gallery, University of WI-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
2016 – Sheppard Contemporary Gallery, University of NV-Reno, Reno, NV
2017 – Art Museum of West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
2017 – Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
2017 – Fine Arts Center, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
2018 – Avenir Museum of Decorative Arts, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

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Venue referrals are welcomed.


  • Compulsory Measures (traveling exhibition )
    August 26, 2019-October 27, 2020
    Group Exhibition (includes my Veil Paintings) curated by Reni Gower
    Esther Prangley Rice Gallery, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD; January 31-March 31, 2019; The Art Museum, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY; August 26-November 8, 2019; International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, TX; December 22-May 3, 2020;The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University, Dallas, PA; August 27-October, 2020
  • Wax: Contemporary Methods at Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, WI.
    October 12-December 2, 2019
    Group Exhibition that includes paintings from my drapery series (encaustic and oil on wood panels).
  • Sign Systems at Kohl Gallery, Washington College, Chestertown, MD.
    October 15-December 7, 2019
    Artists include Corinne Beardsley, Kristy Deetz, Hedieh Ilchi, Robin Kang, Linling Liu, Jonathan Sims. The exhibition features a small group of artists whose work features highly individualized sign systems while exploring an array of contemporary topics, issues, and mediums.