Annual Gloria F. Ross Lectures

Our annual lectures generally alternate between artists and scholars (even while acknowledging that many individuals are both!). We also move them around the country to reach the broadest audiences possible.”

Click on the links below to view a printable PDF document of each lecture transcript. (These may take a while to download and require a pdf reader). Please note that each lecture is copyrighted by the presenter/author, and any citations or reproductions require the permission of the copyright holder. We’re sorry not to be able to include illustrations here, as these have been splendid for each lecture!

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  • The First Annual GFR Lecture, “The Work o’ the Weavers: Fifty years in Tapestry,” by Archie Brennan on March 10, 1998, at the Yale Club in New York City, NY. © Archie Brennan
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  • The Second Annual GFR Lecture, “The Beginnings of Tapestry Weaving,” by Elizabeth Wayland Barber on Saturday, March 11, 2000, at UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles, California. © Elizabeth Wayland Barber
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  • The Third Annual GFR Lecture, “Tapestry & Beyond: Exploring the ‘Slender Margins Between Real & Unreal,’” by Ramona Sakiestewa, May 10, 2001, in the McGraw Hill Auditorium, New York, NY. © Ramona Sakiestewa
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  • The Fourth Annual GFR Lecture, “Building American Collections of European Tapestries: The Role & Influence of French & Company,” by Charissa Bremer David, presented for the GFR Tapestry Center and the Textile Council at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on May 9, 2002. © Charissa Bremer David.  Published in Studies in the Decorative Arts, vol. XI, no. 1, Fall-Winter 2003-2004 (Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, New York, NY).
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  • The Fifth Annual GFR Lecture, “Art and Magnificence . . . but . . . : Reflections on the 2002 Exhibition of Renaissance Tapestries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York,” presented by Archie Brennan, March 21, 2003. This keynote lecture was presented at the symposium, “Looking at Tapestries: Views by Weavers & Scholars,” co-organized by the American Tapestry Alliance and the GFR Tapestry Center, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago, Illinois. © Archie Brennan
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  • The Sixth Annual GFR Lecture, “Understanding Blanket Weaving in the Southwest: Joe Ben Wheat’s Investigations into Textile History,” on April 22, 2004, given by Dr. Ann Lane Hedlund in honor of Dr. Wheat and his long-awaited book, Blanket Weaving in the Southwest. This event also featured a booksigning, hosted by the University of Colorado Museum in Boulder, Colorado. © Ann Hedlund
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  • The Seventh Annual GFR Lecture, “Crossing Oceans, Seeking Common Threads,” by Helena Hernmarck, in collaboration with D.Y. Begay. This presentation was the keynote lecture for the symposium, “Navajo Weaving Now!” in conjunction with an exhibition at the Arizona State Museum, Tucson. © Helena Hernmarck
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  • The Eight Annual GFR Lecture, “Artists’ Tapestries: History of the Victorian Tapestry Workshop,” presented by Sue Walker, May 19, 2006, at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Francis Hall, Santa Fe, New Mexico. © Sue Walker.  For the book on this subject, see the VTW shop.

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  • The Ninth Annual GFR Lecture, “Tapestry in America,” delivered by Dr. Alice Zrebiec at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, California, on April 27, 2007. This was also the keynote address that opened the Silver Anniversary Celebration & Symposium of the American Tapestry Alliance and opening of the “American Tapestry Biennial 6″ exhibition at the Museum. © Alice Zrebiec.
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  • The Tenth Annual GFR Lectures are part of a series offered during SOFA WEST (Sculpture Objects Functional Art) at the Santa Fe Convention Center on June 11-13, 2009. These include illustrated talks by Alice Zrebiec on the work of fiber artist Olga de Amaral, Ann Lane Hedlund on emerging trends in Native Southwestern tapestry weaving, and Sue Walker on Australian tapestries woven at the Victorian Tapestry Workshop, plus Lotus Stack with a textile curator’s walkthrough of the Exposition.

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