All Programs by Date

Photo of GW student dance troupe performing at the museum
Dancers perform at the members' October 2011 reception for the museum's "Weaving Abstraction" exhibition. Photo by Kevin Allen.

Educational programs include lectures, films, gallery talks, workshops, and more, and are held at the museum unless otherwise indicated. Keep reading for a full list of our upcoming offerings.

August

Workshop: Learn to Spin

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 12:00pm

Spinning yarns is one of the essential building blocks of textile making. Join Sandy Hoar for a lesson on basic fiber spinning and learn a new skill on your lunch break.

September

Consultations: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Visitors can learn more about their own textiles from museum curators and conservators.

Book Launch: "Institutional Reform and Diaspora Entrepreneurs"

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 5:30pm

Jennifer Brinkerhoff's latest book, "Institutional Reform and Diaspora Entrepreneurs: The In-Between Advantage" provides a theoretical framework to explain why diasporans may have a greater number of entrepreneurial characteristics than others.

Celebration of Textiles

Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 10:00am to Sunday, September 4, 2016 - 5:00pm

Join us for a free family festival celebrating the international art of textiles.

Grethe Wittrock’s Textile Art in "Nordic Currents"

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 12:00pm

Join Danish fiber artist Grethe Witrock as she discusses her recent installation at the Fuller Craft Museum of bird-like constructions made from ships’ sails sourced from Danish yachtsmen.

Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning: Tents and Furnishings of the Nomads of Central Asia

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 10:30am

Researcher Richard Isaacson will discuss the tents and woven furnishings of Central Asian nomadic tribes.

Talk and Book Signing: "The First Congress"

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 12:00pm

Author and historian Fergus Bordewich will discuss his latest book, The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government.

Gallery Talk: 1,200 Years of Resist-Dye in West Asia

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 12:00pm

Join Sumru Belger Krody, senior curator and expert in Islamic textiles, for a look into the long history of resist-dyed textiles in the Islamic world.

Talk and Book Signing: "Living Artfully: At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post"

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 12:00pm

Embark on an illustrated tour of heiress and socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post’s glamorous houses with author and curator Estella Chung.

Film: "Craft in America: Industry"

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 12:00pm

This film in PBS’s Craft in American series features Gee’s Bend quilters Lucy Mingo and Mary Ann Pettway, and other artisans.

Lecture/Demonstration: Bamiyan Weaving Project

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Join Philip Smith, MFA and’70-72 Peace Corps volunteer in Afghanistan, for a weaving demonstration and discussion of the Bamiyan Weaving Project, which supports weavers in the mountainous Bamiyan province of central Afghanistan.

October

Artist Talk: Lissa Hunter, Material Matters

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 6:00pm

Join nationally recognized weaver and basketmaker Lissa Hunter for a lecture about her career and creative path.

November

2016 Award Dinner

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

This year’s award dinner will honor two leaders in contemporary textile art: Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada and Rebecca A.T. Stevens.

Only in Okinawa: Textiles and Traditions of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Inspired by the exhibition "Bingata! Only in Okinawa," the fall symposium will feature five distinguished scholars from Okinawa who will provide a broader context for Okinawa’s celebrated textile art.

Artist Talk: Rowland Ricketts, Seed, Plant, Resist

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:00pm

Textile artist Rowland Ricketts will discuss how growing and processing indigo shapes his art, informs his worldview, and serves as an act of resistance in a culture of overproduction and over-consumption.

December

Artist Talk: Sabrina Gschwandtner, No Idle Hands

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 6:00pm

Artist Sabrina Gschwandtner will discuss her unique montages of phototactic and textile materials that have been exhibited and collected by museums across the United States and around the world.