In May 2010, the GFR Center for Tapestry Studies, Inc., transformed into the newly formed Gloria F. Ross Tapestry Program at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Since then, our staff energies and activities have remained strong and especially focused on celebrating and sharing the publication of Ann Hedlund’s book Gloria F. Ross & Modern Tapestry (Yale University Press, 2010). The Center’s corporate assets were transferred to the University of Arizona Foundation on behalf of the new programmatic entity, an integral part of the University and located on campus in the Arizona State Museum (ASM). This required detailed and protective legal arrangements with the New York State Attorney General, the Arizona Corporation Commission, the University’s Board of Regents, and the GFR Center’s Board of Trustees.
The mission of the new GFR Tapestry Program remains identical to that of the original Center: to foster the creative practice and cultural study of tapestry, handwoven worldwide from ancient to modern times. The GFR Tapestry Program has remained devoted to research and public programming,” says program director Ann Hedlund.
We extend our deep appreciation to the GFR Center’s former Board of Trustees, who worked through the process of corporate dissolution and who were always ready to remind us of our most important goals—to continue sharing the wonderful world of textiles with as many people as possible. Thank you to Alice Zrebiec, Ramona Sakiestewa, Susan Brown McGreevy, and Margi Fox, outgoing (and outstanding!) trustees. Thanks also to Ann Bookman, Archie Brennan, Helena Hernmarck, Hal Einhorn, Lotus Stack, and Sue Walker, who were extremely helpful and encouraging during previous board terms. We are very grateful to our generous donors and past Associates, who supported our many programs through your membership during the GFR Center’s many years of active programming and productivity.