What? Where is the GFR Tapestry Program?

Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

The Gloria F. Ross Center is a private, non-profit research institute and educational foundation, established in 1997. We are a “private operating foundation” under the IRS code, section 501(c)(3), and are incorporated in New York and Arizona. Our support comes from grants and gifts from private foundations and individual donors, our Associates Program members, and in-kind contributions from volunteers and collaborative organizations. The Tapestry Center’s offices are located at the Arizona State Museum on the University of Arizona campus.

Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Fourth graders visiting Prof. Gayle Wimmer's UA studioMission

The mission of the GFR Center is to foster the creative practice and cultural study of tapestry. To accomplish our goals, we

  • Organize and support artistic, historical, and cultural research and public programs, bringing together artists, weavers, scholars, and collectors to share their varied perspectives.
  • Conduct active interdisciplinary research.
  • Organize lectures, exhibits, publications, workshops, and other educational events.
  • Honor scholarly excellence in research, publication, exhibition, and teaching.
  • Collaborate with museums and other organizations with related goals.

Volunteer with 4th graders at UA weaving studio

Administration & Staff

Board members at Minnesota Textile Center

The Board of Trustees guides the GFR Center and includes dedicated professionals involved in the tapestry world and other pursuits, including academic, business, and museum realms. Board members, who usually number from five to eight individuals, serve three-year renewable terms, on a voluntary basis. Dr. Ann Lane Hedlund, an anthropologist and textile specialist, directs the GFR Center. Ms. Bobbie Gibel is the Tapestry Center’s Administrative Assistant. The Center hires work-study students and provides volunteer opportunities to community members and interns.

Board members at Minnesota Textile Center

Facilities and Resources

The GFR Center’s offices are located in the Arizona State Museum on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. We maintain a specialized, non-circulating library of tapestry-related books, periodicals, and ephemera, as well as growing artists’ files and photograph, videotape and audiotape collections. The Gloria F. Ross Archives include records of more than three decades of tapestry making by Gloria F. Ross and her associates. These research files are available to visitors by advance appointment. The GFR Center neither collects nor owns tapestries; we are a research and educational foundation. For information on the textile collections at Arizona State Museum, visit our resource articles.

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