Current and upcoming exhibitions and events

A selection of events and exhibitions featuring the decorative arts not covered in the DAS Newsletter


21st Annual Arts and Crafts Conference
Initiatives in Art and Culture
Chicago and Environs, IL
September 19–22, 2019

Featured speaker: Gunny Harboe, architect, whose recent projects include Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, Robie House, Unity Temple and Beth Sholom Synagogue; Mies Van der Rohe’s Crown Hall; Louis Sullivan’s Carson Pirie Scott store; Holabird & Roche’s Marquette Building; and Holabird & Root’s Chicago Board of Trade Building and Lafayette Building, all National Historic Landmarks.

Program highlights include: Glessner House Museum (H. H. Richardson, 1887); Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio (1895); Unity Temple (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1909); Robie House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1910); Second Presbyterian Church (James Renwick, 1874; Howard van Doren Shaw, interior after 1900 fire); Richard H. Driehaus Museum (Burling & Whitehouse, 1879–1892, restoration, 2003–2008); Crab Tree Farm, collection of English and American decorative arts in settings created to reflect esthetics of the Arts and Crafts movement; and a walking tour of downtown Chicago, featuring sites such as: Marquette Building (Holabird & Roche, 1895; Tiffany mosaic murals); The Rookery (Burnham & Root, 1888, with subsequent work by Frank Lloyd Wright); Monadnock Building (Burnham & Root, 1891). 

Speaking of Fibers 2019! Stories of Importance
Maryville University
St. Louis, MO
October 31–December 13, 2019

Speaking of Fiber is a Missouri Fiber Artists (MoFA) members’ biennial, juried exhibit that explores fiber forms and materials. Fiber collage artist Fran Gardner is the speaker, juror and workshop leader for MoFA Speaking of Fibers 2019! She paints and draws with traditional materials and with the sewing machine, layering her work with texture, color and mark-making. She is also an educator at USCL Lancaster and University of South Carolina, and a studio fiber artist. She has a BFA from Columbia College and an MFA from Vermont College, Norwich University. She has won awards in competitive exhibits, both statewide and nationally, and has exhibited at art centers and museums, including the Florida Museum for Women Artists (Deland, FL).