The George Hewitt Myers Award honors lifetime achievements and exceptional contributions in the field of textile arts. The award, named for The Textile Museum’s founder and given by the board of trustees, is recognized as the highest international accolade in the field of textile arts.
Elizabeth Wayland Barber is the recipient of the 2022 George Hewitt Myers Award in recognition of her lifetime achievements in the textile arts. Dr. Barber is an accomplished author and scholar, recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on ancient textiles. Her influential publications include Prehistoric Textiles: The Development of Cloth in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages with Special Reference to the Aegean and Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years, Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times. She served as professor of linguistics and archaeology at Occidental College from 1969 to her retirement in 2007.
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Past Myers Award Honorees
2019 Thomas P. Campbell, museum leader and scholar
2018 Guido Goldman, collector and philanthropist
2016 Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, artist and scholar
2015 Bruce P. Baganz, museum leader
2012 Walter Denny, scholar, educator, and author
2011 Milton Sonday, artist and scholar
2010 Michael Franses, author and publisher
2009 Mattiebelle Gittinger, scholar
2008 Jon Thompson, scholar
2007 Lloyd Cotsen, collector and philanthropist
2006 Josephine Powell, ethnographer and photographer
2005 Jack Lenor Larsen, textile designer