Selected Past Exhibitions
Celebration Threads: New Twists by Robert Hillestad
Monday, April 21, 2008 to Friday, September 5, 2008
The Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is presenting recent works by the gallery’s namesake in Celebration Threads: New Twists by Robert Hillestad, April 21-Sept. 5, 2008. This unique collection of festive garments, accessories, wall pieces and sculptural forms will compel gallery viewers to step into a magical world of invented textile forms.
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Bonnie Cashin Plus Six
Monday, March 12, 2007 to Friday, April 13, 2007
Thirty three striking garments have been are being carefully described and mounted for the Bonnie Cashin Plus Six exhibition scheduled to open on March 11,2007 in the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery in the Department of Textiles, Clothing and Design, College of Education and Human Resources. Among the garments featured are a “ tin Lizzie coat”, ponchos, capes, a sculpted 1950’s suit featuring the New Look, a choir boy jacket, and luxurious chiffon cocktail dresses all designed by American designers who developed a reputation for their independence and vision in the post war era.
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Joan Morris, Master Dyer: Individual and collaborative Work
Monday, March 6, 2006 to Friday, March 31, 2006
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery will showcase the artwork of Joan Morris. The exhibit, Joan Morris, Master Dyer: Individual and Collaborative Work, will be on display March 6th through March 31st
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Carpet Beetles: Patterns from the Orient
Friday, November 19, 2004 to Friday, December 17, 2004
Jennifer Angus, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will travel to Lincoln, NE the 3rd week of November to install her newest installation called Carpet Beetles: Patterns from the Orient. Departing from her work of the past four years, in which she has been creating installations composed of insects pinned directly to a wall in repeating patterns, Angus will create an installation at the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery, Nov. 19-Dec. 17, 2004, on large, low, floor pedestals. Angus uses real insects to reference pattern, both from textiles and wallpaper.
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Complex Pattern: The Quilts of Ellen Oppenheimer
Monday, September 13, 2004 to Friday, October 8, 2004
Between September 15 and 19, 2004, Oakland, CA-based quilt artist Ellen Oppenheimer will visit the University of Nebraska – Lincoln campus in conjunction with the exhibition “Complex Pattern: The Quilts of Ellen Oppenheimer” in the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery (September 13 – October 8). The exhibition and the artist’s presentations, made possible in part by the Dept.
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John Garrett, Life in Progress
Monday, September 8, 2003 to Friday, October 17, 2003
John Garrett of Albuquerque, New Mexico interlaces such unlikely materials as brushed and painted aluminum and hardware cloth in a vessel and makes nets of metal, plastic, and glass. Process is central to this work where the artist explores new and complex weaving processes and experiments with the aging and decomposition of found metals. The Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery will feature Garrett’s work in a solo exhibition September 8-October 17, 2003.
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Radka Donnell: The Work of Touch
Friday, February 7, 2003 to Friday, March 7, 2003
Radka Donnell’s quilts break many of the rules that have governed how quilts were designed and made for much of the last two hundred years and longer. They pay little heed to grids or to symmetry. Their colors are riotously and impulsively juxtaposed. They eschew fine stitching in favor of the functional and the no-nonsense. They avoid the familiar small-scale, genteel prints normally associated with quilts in favor of large-scale, graphically assertive patterns. The bold surfaces of these fabrics compete with and against one another, in frenetic dances of exaggerated visual energy.
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The Fragmented Surface: Color, Light, Texture
Friday, March 8, 2002 to Tuesday, April 30, 2002
University of Nebraska Textiles, Clothing and Design Department will be enriched with the opening of Tim Harding's textile exhibition Fragmented Surface: Color, Light and Texture in the Robert Hillestad Gallery opening on March 8, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. Harding is a highly recognized fiber artist known for using bits of colored fabric as an impressionist painter uses brush strokes. When Harding takes a blade to his fabrics the outcome is dazzling color intermixed with what seem to be shadows and particles of light.
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