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Fiber Faculty Member Annet Couwenberg Hangs Work in Two Group Shows

Traveling exhibition makes stop in Towson; Couwenberg shows at her alma mater

Posted 01.20.10 by MICA Media Relations

Annet Couwenberg, Dutch Shotgun Chaps

Annet Couwenberg, a fiber faculty member who was a longtime chair of the department, has artwork concurrently in two exhibits:

In a traveling exhibition entitled A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art, Couwenberg is featuring Discarded Dutch Collar, a sculptural piece made up of thousands of paper doilies. The exhibtion, which opens locally at Towson University's Center for the Arts Gallery on Friday, Feb. 12  through Saturday, April 17, presents the work of 16 artists of diverse backgrounds who address aspects of identity, including nationality, ethnicity, gender and religion, with media encompasing sculpture, time-based painting, prints, fibers and photography. A Complex Weave is co-curated by Dr. Martin Rosenberg of Rutgers University, Camden and Dr. J. Susan Isaacs of Towson University. There will be an opening reception from 7:30-9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11. Admission is free.

Couwenberg will also have an installation in Elongating the Thread, an exhibition of nine selected alumni from the fiber and textile arts program at Syracuse University. Couwenberg earned her M.F.A. in textile arts from Syracuse in 1983. She will be showing Dutch Shotgun Chaps (pictured above), which is also made up of thousands of paper doilies and pins, fabric and steel boning. The exhibitionwill be open Wednesday, Feb. 3-Sunday, Feb. 28 at XL Projects, a new gallery managed by the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. An opening reception will be on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 6-8 p.m.

She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States as well as Korea, Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands, where she is from and where she will be a artist in residence this semester.

For more information, visit Couwenberg's Web site.

Photo caption: Annet Couwenberg, Dutch Shotgun Chaps, installation view Gyeonggi MoMa, Korea, paper doilies and pins, fabric and steel boning, 2009. Photo by Dan Meyers.