SQUARE: Eighty-two members of the Textile Study Group of New York present work created on 12-inch square panels of wood.

“In some cases the panel is incorporated into the work itself, and in some cases it was used as a background, and in others a thread was wrapped around the panel,” says Marilyn Henrion, co-curator of an exhibit of their work. “It was used in every conceivable way.”

Many of the pieces express formal qualities inherent in weaving, knitting, stitching, knotting, and manipulation of fabric. Others incorporate drawing, printing, collage, and techniques not specific to textiles. Much of the work is abstract, relying on color, texture, and pattern to communicate, but figurative, architectural, and natural images also offer content ranging from personal narratives to commentary on timely issues.

SQUARE opens on Jan. 16 in the Narthex Gallery in St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at E. 54th Street, and closes March 8. Reception, Jan. 17, from 3 to 6. The full-color catalogue is available through Amazon.

9 x 9 x 3: NEW VISIONS is an exhibition of textile art created to fit inside wooden boxes with 9” x 9” x 3” exterior dimensions. 9 x 9 x 3: NEW VISIONS ran from January 25 to March 2 in the lobby gallery of 1155 Avenue of the Americas, a Durst Foundation building located in mid-Manhattan, New York City.   The exhibition also traveled to:

Marywood University, Scranton, PA
Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT
The Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, IA

Juror: Janet Koplos, who juried TSGNY’s original 9 x 9 x 3 exhibition in 1989, will  be selecting the works for 9 x 9 x 3: NEW VISIONS.  Ms. Koplos is a contributing editor of Art in America, where she was senior editor for 18 years. She has been writing about art since 1976 and has published more than 2,000 articles, reviews and essays. She recently served as guest editor of American Craft magazine.
9 x 9 x 3: Salon Des Refuses is a show of work created for but not juried into 9 x 9 x 3: NEW VISIONS. September 13 – November 18, 2012 at the Guild Gallery Il, Hudson Guild Fulton Center, 119 9th Avenue, NYC. Opening Reception Thursday, September 13, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Hours: Wednesdays – Fridays, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Saturdays: Sept. 22, Oct. 27, Nov. 17,  1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Crossing Lines: The Many Faces of Fiber was a juried exhibition of works by the artist members of the Textile Study Group of New York in the Courtyard Gallery of the World Financial Center,  at 200 Vesey Street in lower Manhattan, New York City.  Crossing Lines: The Many Faces of Fiber opened December 6, 2011  and closed  April 1, 2012.

Juror: Rebecca A. T. Stevens, Consulting Curator of Contemporary
Textiles at the Textile Museum, Washington, D.C. Ms. Stevens is the author of numerous articles on contemporary American textiles, exhibition  catalogs, and two books; The Kimono Inspiration: Art and Art-to-Wear in America with Yoshiko Wada and Ed Rossbach; and 40 Years of Innovation and Exploration in Fiber Art with Ann Rowe.