Michael James

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Michael James

Ardis James Professor of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design and Department Chair

M.F.A., Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
B.F.A., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, N. Dartmouth, MA

A significant part of my creative endeavor is focused on integrating digital technology with textile design development and production. I have long worked with all aspects of non-traditional quilt making as a studio medium, and this scaffolds my study and teaching of the aesthetic aspects of the quilt-maker's art, especially since 1970. I’m also committed to exploring pedagogical best practices in foundation art and design curricula.

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2011, Luminaries Award for Lifetime Achievement, Fuller Craft Museum2002, 2005, 2010, 2011, Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students, UNL Parents Association and Teaching Council2009, Outstanding Research and Creative Activity award (ORCA)2008, Governor’s Arts Award, Visual Artist of the Year, Nebraska Arts Council2007, Silver Star Award for Lifetime Achievement, Quilts Inc.2003, Mayor’s Arts Award for Artistic Achievement, Lincoln Arts Council2001, Fellow, American Craft Council2000, RHYTHM/COLOR: SPANISH DANCE cited in Art & Antiques Magazine as one of the "Top Treasures of the Century" Two quilts (AURORA and RHYTHM/COLOR: IMPROVISATION) named to the International Quilt Association’s list of The 20th Century’s 100 Best American Quilts1998, The Carol Jessen Award for Critical Writing, Art/Quilt Magazine1997, New England Foundation for the Arts Craft Fellowship Finalist1995, Juror’s Citation, 8th International Triennial of Tapestry, Lodz, Poland1994, The Society of Arts and Crafts Award, Boston 1993, Inductee, Quilters’ Hall of Fame1992, Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth1990, USA/France Exchange Fellowship, La Napoule Art Foundation/National Endowment for the Arts1988, Visual Artist’s Fellowship in Crafts, The National Endowment for the Arts1988, Artist’s Fellowship in Crafts, The Artists Foundation1985, Grant award for joint exhibition from "Fund for the Arts," WBZ-TV, Boston, through the Society of Arts and Crafts1979, Craftsmen’s Fellowship, The Artists Foundation1978, Visual Artist Fellowship in Crafts, The National Endowment for the Arts
2005 to present, Department Chair, Textiles, Clothing & Design, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2005, Interim Department Chair, Textiles, Clothing & Design, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2003 to present, Professor, University of Nebraska - Lincoln 2000-2003, Senior Lecturer, University of Nebraska - Lincoln2000, Visiting Lecturer, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth1975-2000, Independent studio artist, writer, lecturer and workshop leader
International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA)