VICTORIA Z. RIVERS:
Professor in Textile Arts,
Design Program
One Shields Avenue
University of California
Davis, California 95616   USA

 

Exhibitions Publications Curatorial Activities / Lectures papers & Workshops Selected citations in publications Artist's Statement

 

CURATORIAL ACTIVITIES by VZ Rivers

 

Indian and Southeast Asian segment of ¡°Tracing Purpose International Exhibition,¡±   Leedy Voulkos Art Center Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, April-June, 1997.  

¡°The Language of the Needle: Textile Arts from Rural India,¡± The Museum for Textiles, Toronto, Canada, December, 1997 through May 1998. (Listed as Publication #27)

¡°Follow the Sun: Tracing Fertility Images from Central Asia to the Indus,¡± Churchill County Arts Council, Nevada Humanities Committee, and National Endowment for Humanities, Fallon Library, Fallon, Nevada, September 1-26, 1998.

"The Shining Cloth" exhibition with artifacts selected from 7 private collections, The Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA,   November 28 - December 31, 1999.        

"The Shining Cloth: Light Reflective Textiles and Dress," The Design Gallery, University of California, Davis, April 9 - May 5, 2000.

The Diversity of Shining Cloth," Hewlett Packard Corporate Headquarters, Palo Alto, CA.   July 6 - September 28, 2001"The Shining Cloth: Dress and Adornment that Glitter," Mills Building Gallery, San Francisco, CA, December 10, 2001 - February 10, 2002

"Peacocks to Pearls: Iridescence in Nature and Art," New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ, February 22 - June 8, 2003.

 

VISITING ARTIST, PAPERS, LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS by VZ Rivers

 

American Crafts Council Conference, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.   "Three Views in Fiber," Great Britain and USA, 1977.  

American Crafts Council Southeast Conference, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee.   Seminar and workshop in textiles, February 1978.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine.   Technical assistant in fibers, June 15 - July 7, 1978.

Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.   Surface design workshop, Workshop 2, July 9-15, 1978.  

Visual Arts Center of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska.   Surface design workshop, February 5-16, 1979.

University of Alaska, Juneau, Alaska.   Seminar on surface design, February 18, 1979.

Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.   Surface design workshop, Workshop 4, July 2-14, 1979.  

Workshop on Aesthetics and Design, Huntington Galleries, Huntington, West Virginia.   July 27-29, 1979.

American Crafts Council Southeast Conference, Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Seminar leader in fibers, Workshop 5, October 11-13, 1979.  

Silkscreen Workshop, Visual Arts Center of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska.   October 29 - November 3, 1979.

Silkscreen Seminar, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.   December 11, 1979.

Surface Design Workshop, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina.   Workshop 6, June 16-27, 1980.  

Surface Design Workshop, Summervail Workshop,   Colorado Mountain College, Vail, Colorado.   Workshop 7, July 6-11, 1980.   

Surface Design Workshop, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine.   Workshop 9, July 27 - August 1, 1980.  

Fiberworks Center for Textile Arts, Berkeley, California.   Slide lecture, Workshop 10, January 27, 1981.  

Surface Design Workshop, Penland School, Penland, North Carolina.   Workshop 11, June 15-26, 1981.

Surface Design Workshop, Summervail Workshops, Colorado Mountain College, Vail, Colorado.    Workshop 12, July 20-24, 1981.

Slide lecture and seminar, Fiberworks, Berkeley, California.   June 9, 1982.

Surface Design Workshop, Penland School, Penland, North Carolina.   June 14-25, 1982.

Silkscreen and photo silkscreen workshops, Summervail Workshops, Colorado Mountain College, Vail, Colorado.   July 19-30, 1982.

Seminar on neon works, Illuminated Sculpture Workshops, International Sculpture Symposium, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California.   August 13, 1982.

Lecture on my work, Art Department Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington.   November 5, 1982.

Slide lecture on my work, San Diego State University.   April 25, 1983.

Slide lecture on my work, California State University, Long Beach, California.   April 26, 1983.

Surface design and photo processes on textiles workshop, Summervail Workshops, Colorado Mountain College, Vail, Colorado.   July 18-29, 1983.

Slide presentation on my work, Surface Design Association National Conference, Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.    September 27, 1983.

Slide lecture on my work, Art Department, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky.   October 6, 1983.

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California.   Lecture, February 4, 1984.

Yuma Multimedia Symposium, Southwestern Arizona University, Yuma, Arizona.   Lecture, February 29 - March 3, 1984.

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York.   Visiting artist, March 20-21, 1984.

Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.   Lecture, March 23, 1984.

Maryland Institute for the Arts, Baltimore, Maryland.   Visiting artist, March 26-27, 1984.

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.   Lecture, March 28, 1984.

Visual Arts Center of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska.   Image Generation Workshop, May 21-25, 1984.   (Document M&N 64.)

Summervail Workshops, Colorado Mountain College, Vail, Colorado.   Workshop, July 15-26, 1984.

Texas Womens' University, Denton, Texas.   Lecture, October 30, 1984.

D'Art Visual Arts Center, Dallas, Texas.   Lecture, November 2, 1984.

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado.   Visiting artist for Artweek, April 13-16, 1985.

Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Image Generation Workshop in Surface Design, June 24-28, 1985.

Haystack School, Deer Isle, Maine.   Collaborative Workshop in Image Generation with Martha Banyas, August 18 - September 6, 1985.

California State University at Northridge.   Panelist for "Textile Constructs," Exhibition, September 11, 1985.

Colorado State University, lectures and critiques, Ft. Collins, Colorado.   Visiting artist, October 23, 1985.  

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, lectures and critiques, Chicago, Illinois.    December 13-14, 1985.  

Emily Carr College of Art, Granville Island, lectures, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Visiting artist, February 4, 1986.  

Cranbrook Academy of Arts and Crafts, lectures and critiques, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.   April 14, 1986.  

University of Georgia, lectures, Athens, Georgia.   April 16, 1986.  

Georgia State University, lectures and critiques, Atlanta, Georgia.   April 17, 1986.

Atlanta College of Art,   lectures, Atlanta, Georgia.   April 18, 1986.

California College of Arts and Crafts, Textile Lecture Series, Oakland, California.   November 10, 1986.   Fall

Tampa - Hillsboro County Arts Council,Workshop and lectures on image generation, Tampa, Florida. January 24, 1987.  

Kyoto American Center, United States Information Center, lecture, Kyoto, Japan.   April 13, 1987.

New Media Arts Group, lecture, Osaka, Japan.   April 15, 1987.  

Seian Women's College, lecture, Kyoto, Japan.    April 16, 1987.  

Kyoto Seika College,    lecture, Kyoto, Japan.    April 17, 1987.

Iowa State University Gallery, Ames, Iowa.   Lecture at opening reception "Fiber to Glass" Exhibition, September 20, 1987.

Art Department, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.   Visiting artist, slide lecture, installation, and panel discussions, October 3-7, 1988.

Art Department, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois.   Visiting artist, lecture, critiques, April 16-18, 1989.

Penland School, Penland, North Carolina.   Lectures and workshop, June 5-16, 1989.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine.   Lectures and workshop, July 2-21, 1989.

Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.   Visiting artist, lecturers and workshop, Nov. 13-17, 1989.

Indianapolis Art League, Indianapolis, Indiana.   Lecture, November 28, 1989.

Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana.    Lecture, November 28, 1989.

Lecture at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. January 1990.

Lecture at   National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, India.   January 1990.

Lecture at the Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum, Ahmedabad Gujarat.   February 1990.

Lecture at The American Center, Bombay, India.   February 1990.

Akron University, Akron, Ohio.   Visiting artist, April 23-24, 1990.

Penland School, Penland, North Carolina.   Workshop,   June 25 - July 6, 1990.

University of Nevada at Las Vegas, visiting artist lecture and critiques, September 12-14, 1990.

Split Rock Arts Program, University of Minnesota, Duluth, Minnesota.    July 5-12, 1992.

Southwest Center for Crafts, San Antonio, Texas.   Workshop, "Shining Cloth,"   November 6, 7, 8, 1992.

Ars Textrina Eleventh Annual Conference on Textiles, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, June 18-20, 1993, paper presented, "An Overview of Beetle Elytra in Textiles and Ornament."

Ars Textrina Twelth Annual Conference on Textiles, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA.   June 24-26, 1994, paper presented, "Heavy Metal, 'Light Work': Zardozi and Gota Work of India."

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME.   two week workshop with demonstrations, lectures, and critiques.   June 18-30, 1995.   "The Obsessive Surface."  

Invited workshop, contemporary light-reflective textile techniques, sponsored by Surfacing Association and Ryerson Polytechnical Institution, May 1996.

Invited lecture, ¡°Shining Cloth: Exploring Cultural Contexts,¡± Surfacing, Textile Artists and Designers Association Lecture Series, The Museum for Textiles, Toronto, Canada, May 8, 1996.

Juried paper, ¡°Gold Print: All that Glitters,¡± Ars Textrina 14 th Annual Conference on

Textiles, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, June, 1996.

Invitational symposium paper, ¡°What the Textiles Tell,¡± Re-Presenting Women in the Arts in India, sponsored by The Center for South Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley, CA, April 25-27, 1997.

Invited program speaker, ¡°Re-creating Culture,¡± Surface Design Association National Conference, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, May 29-June 1, 1997.

Juried paper, ¡°Cutting Apart Culture,¡± Ars Textrina 15 th Annual Conference on Textiles, University of Oklahoma, Stillwater, OK, June 11-14, 1997.

Invited program speaker, ¡°What the Textiles Tell,¡± Costume Society of America Regional Meeting, Santa Fe, NM, September 1997.

¡°Language of the Needle,¡± Docent training lecture on rural Indian embroidery, The Museum for Textiles, Toronto, Canada, December 12, 1997.

Public lecture on ¡°Rural Indian Embroidery:   Discardation, and Commoditization,¡± The Museum for Textiles, Toronto, Canada, December 13, 1997.

Juried paper, ¡°The Dark Side of the Shine: A Maharani's Life and Dress,¡± The Costume Society of America National Conference, Pasadena, CA, May 29, 1998.

Curatorial lecture, ¡°Follow the Sun:   Tracing Fertility Motifs in Textiles from Central Asia to the Indus,¡± Churchill County Library, Churchill County Arts Commission, Fallon, NV, September 18, 1998.

Slide Lecture on my artwork, Art Department, University of Nevada Reno, April 12, 1999.  

Slide Lecture, "Heaven and Earth: Shimmering Textiles in Human Lives", Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA., Oct. 22, 1999.

Slide Lecture on my artwork, Art Department, University of Washington, Seattle, Oct. 22, 1999.

Curatorial Slide Lecture, "The Shining Cloth" exhibition, The Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA, November 29, 1999.

Slide Lecture, "The Meaning of Shining Cloth", Textile Arts Council, M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA., Jan. 8, 2000.

Curatorial Slide Lecture, "The Shining Cloth," Design Alliance, University of California, Davis, April 9, 2000.

Slide Lecture, The Ruth Ketterer Harris Memorial Lecture, Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, University of Wisconsin, Madison, April 12, 2000.

Feature Speaker, Slide Lecture, "The Shining Cloth: Materials and Meanings," Color Marketing Group 2000 Spring International Conference, San Diego, CA, May 1, 2000.

Slide Lecture, "Remnants of Solar Worship in Central and Northwest Asian Embroideries," 17th Annual Ars Textrina International Conference on Textiles, University of Leeds, England, June 29, 2000. (Please see complete text in file)

Slide Lecture, "De-coding the Divine: Kathi Embroideries of Saurashtra," Biennial Symposium of The Textile Society of America, Santa Fe, NM, September 22, 2000. (Please see complete text in file)

Slide Lecture, "Emeralds on Wing: Jewel Beetles in Textiles and Adornment," Les Insectes dans la Tradition Orale Colloque, Langues et Civilisations ? Tradition Orale, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris (Villejuif), France, October 3, 2000. (Please see complete text in file)

Program Speaker, Slide Lecture, The Siam Society, Bangkok, Thailand, October 5, 2000.

Slide Lecture, Art Department, University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Kota Samarahan/Kuching, Sarawak, East Malaysia, October 13, 2000.

Program Speaker, Slide Lecture, The National Museum and National Museum Volunteers, Bangkok, Thailand, October 26, 2000.

Slide Lecture, Laos Textile Festival "Culture of Peace," Laos Ministry of Information and Culture, Ministry of Industry and Handicraft, Lao Women's Union, and Phaeng Mai Gallery, Vientiane, Laos, November 9, 2000. (Please see complete text in file)

Slide Lecture, "De-Coding the Divine," The International Centre, New Delhi, India, December 29, 2000.

Slide Lecture, "Layers of Meaning: Embellished Cloth for Body and Soul," Embroidery: Creativity and Tradition Conference, organized by UNESCO, Crafts Council of India, Crafts Council of Andhra Pradesh, Delhi Crafts Council at National Institute of Fashion Technology, Hyderabad, India, January 6, 2001.

Slide Lecture, "Into the Surface: Meaning, Metaphor and Magic," 18th Annual Ars Textrina International Conference on Textiles, Luther College, Decorah, IA, June 22, 2001. (Please see complete text in file)

Slide lecture, "With Just a Rectangle and a Seam: Elaborations on Southeast Asian Lower Body Garments,"   Wrapped and Draped: Alternative Fashions , University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, September 14-16.   (lecture and slide script prepared but not presented due to 9/11/01 flights cancelled)  (Please see complete text in file)

Slide lectures, public lecture and week-long workshop, The Mittagong Forum for Textiles, Mittagong (near Sydney), Australia, April 15-21, 2002.

Slide lecture on The Shining Cloth, book signing and one-day creative hands-on workshop on Sequined Banners, Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, Napa, CA, August 24, 2002.

Slide lecture on my art and book, Textile Alliance, Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe, NM, May 11, 2003.

Keynote address, World Eco-Fiber and Textile Forum 2003: Hand-painted, Printed and Decorated Textiles, Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation, Sarawak Crafts Council, Sarawak Museum and Society Atelier Sarawak, sponsors.   Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, Sept. 19-21, 2003.

One week workshop, lectures and demonstrations of new techniques and materials, Geelong Textile Forum 2003, Geelong/Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Sept. 28- Oct. 4, 2003.

Opening lecture on importance of textiles media for personal expression, Rose Street Gallery, Armadale/Melbourne , Victoria, Australia, Oct. 5, 2003.

Slide lecture, "Art and Artifact", Tamworth City Art Gallery, Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia, Oct. 7, 2003.

One week workshop, lectures and demonstrations of new techniques and materials, Keepit Textiles Regional Forum, Keepit/Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia, Oct. 8-12, 2003.

Slide Lecture on my research, Cook Islands Tivaevae Society, University of the South Pacific, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Oct. 20, 2003.

Slide Lecture and lead group discussion, "Impact of Globalization on Recycling Traditional Textiles and Dress", Department of Art, University College of Education, Winneba, Ghana, Nov. 17, 2003.

Slide lecture on my research, current textile arts in America, and conducted two- two hour hands-on workshops on new materials and methods I created, College of Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, Nov. 19, 2003.

Slide lecture on my research and current American textile arts, invitation of H.E. Mary Carlin Yates, U.S. Embassy Accra, Ghana, Nov. 20, 2003.

Slide Lecture on globalization and intellectual/cultural property rights, and led group discussion, National Theatre, Accra, Ghana, Nov. 21, 2003.

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