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.


  • Flashpoint: Material/Intent/Fused (traveling exhibition)
    August 2, 2019-April 26, 2020
    Group Exhibition (includes my encaustic paintings, digital prints, industrial jacquard weavings) curated by Reni Gower. First venue: Piedmont Arts Galleries, Martinsville, VA, August 2, 2019-October 5, 2019. Second venue: Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA, February 21-April 26, 2020.
  • 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
  • February 13-13, 2020
    College Art Association Conference Session in Artspace. Hilton Chicago--Lower Level--Salon C. Conversations between: Reni Gower & Virginia Derryberry; TeaYoun Kim-Kassor & Edra Soto; Joan Girouw & Miriam Schaer; Kristy Deetz & Phyllis Bramson
  • February 13-13, 2020
    College Art Association Session, Hilton Chicago, Rm. 4M Presentations: "An Overview of Contemporary Painting and Materiality" Kristy J. Deetz, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay (chair of session) "Paintings Gossip" Judith Knopf Rushin, Florida State University "Boundaries, Dislocation and Making One's Own Materials" Cheryl Goldsleger, Augusta University "Modern Ruins, Transitivity and Moving Paintings" Jason Mitcham, CUNY Queensborough Community College "Painterly Pidgin: New Genres as Creole Emergent Forms" Heather M Harvey, Washington College