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Two Consecutive Contemporary Fiber Solo Shows Complement Lenore Tawney H’92 Exhibition, This Winter

Sandra Brownlee and Rowland Ricketts will exhibit work in "Keeping On"

Posted 11.02.12 by mica communications

Portrait of Sandra Brownlee, photo: Morrow Scot-Brown

BALTIMORE - This winter, MICA will host two solo shows titled Keeping On to complement the Lenore Tawney: Wholly Unlooked For exhibition. Through the recent work of Sandra Brownlee and Rowland Ricketts, Keeping On will honor the generations of fiber artists after Tawney who continue to explore new iterations of ancient processes.

Sandra Brownlee: Keeping On
Friday, Dec. 7-Sunday, Feb. 10
Fox Building: Meyerhoff Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Gallery Talk: Friday, Dec. 7, 4 p.m.
Reception: Friday, Dec. 7, 5-7 p.m.

Similar to Lenore Tawney H'92, Nova Scotia-based artist and former MICA faculty member Sandra Brownlee explores a wide variety of materials through weaving, drawing and journaling.

"For 30 years I worked at the loom, fascinated by the ritual and orderly building of the fabric," Brownlee said.

Brownlee's Keeping On will feature recent weavings, a selection of her notebooks, a studio wall of her inspirational materials and an interview video.

Brownlee has received numerous awards, including a Canada Council "B" Grant, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, a Leeway Foundation Grant for Excellence in fiber art and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. She has exhibited her work extensively in the United States and Canada since the late 1970s. In addition to her work as an artist, Brownlee has been teaching for 40 years. Brownlee earned her M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Mich., and her B.F.A. from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University.

Portrait of Rowland Ricketts, photo: Aaron BernsteinRowland Ricketts: Keeping On
Friday, Feb. 15-Sunday, March 17
Fox Building: Meyerhoff Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Gallery Talk: Friday, Feb. 15, 4 p.m.
Reception: Friday, Feb. 15, 5-7 p.m.

Indiana-based artist Rowland Ricketts, like Lenore Tawney H'92, is an innovator in the textile field. Ricketts trained in the ancient process of indigo farming and dyeing in Tokushima, Japan. Using natural materials and historical processes, Ricketts' creative practice as an artist traversing art, design, social practice and new technologies, aligns him with the newest generation of fiber artists.

"In both my functional textiles and artwork, my intention is the same: through simple forms and a straight-forward presentation, I strive to present the viewers with a color so rich they see beyond the dyed material to examine all that lies within a color's substance," Ricketts said.

In Keeping On, Ricketts will show a series of large-scale weavings featuring natural dye processes, a sound installation and a studio wall of samples, photographs and artifacts.

Ricketts' work has been exhibited at the Textile Museum, Washington, D.C., Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York and Douglas Dawson Gallery, Chicago. He has been published in Textiles Now, Fiberarts, Selvedge, Surface Design Journal and Hand/Eye Magazine. He received his M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Mich., and is an assistant professor in textiles at Indiana University's Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts.

Hours for MICA's galleries, which are free and open to the public, are Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, noon-5 p.m.


MICA's exhibitions and public programs receive generous support from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

(Image captions-top to bottom): Portrait of Sandra Brownlee, photo: Morrow Scot-Brown; Portrait of Rowland Ricketts, photo: Aaron Bernstein.

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