Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery educates and increases awareness of the rich traditions of art, craft, design, and material culture expressed through the exhibition of all forms of textiles and apparel.

The gallery is dedicated to Dr. Robert Hillestad, an internationally renowned fiber artist and Professor Emeritus of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design.

Photo: Gallery detail of THIS WOMAN'S WORK by Kendra Benson

Exhibition open August 1st, 2022 through December 16th, 2022. M-F 9am-4pm

This Woman's Work is a fashion project by Kendra Benson.  Since 2013 she has produced four collections - Japonica, Padam Padam, americanodyssey, and Nashua.  Whether inspired by dreams of 1940’s Paris, an obsession with a little-known chain of defunct roadside restaurants, or a fascination with the dark side of American life, the collections are always heavily researched and deeply rooted in nostalgia.  Unexpected combinations of color and materials and riffs on traditional “dressmaker” shapes and details drive each narrative.  Refined construction and finishing often belie a sense of play and the indulgence of childhood affinities. Each collection includes one-of-a-kind pieces and pieces produced in multiples.

Benson is a 2005 graduate of the Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design program at UNL. She has held design positions at Tracy Reese and Donna Ricco and managed Edna Moran Archival Textiles in New York.

Visit the Gallery

The Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery is in Lincoln, Nebraska on the UNL East Campus. It is located on the second floor of the Human Sciences Building at 35th and Holdrege Streets.

HOURS: The Gallery is open to the public without charge Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and weekends by special request. Call (402) 472-2911, to request weekend opening. It is closed University holidays and between shows.

PARKING: Visitors to the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery are welcome to park on East Campus in metered parking just east of the Human Sciences Building.