Interview with Erin Miller

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With the new exhibition coming up we wanted to check on artists who participated in previous exhibitions, see what they are up to now and how participating in Fiberart International impacted them. If you are a previous Fiberart International participant and you would like to update the community on the happenings in your life, please contact Katie Bulova at

Written by Katie Bulova

Erin Miller – Fiberart International 2016

“We are all finding news way of connecting”

These are the words that Erin Miller spoke as she met with me for the first time over Zoom.  Erin is a fiber artist who concentrates her practice on cloth and color.  She was in a brightly lit studio in Kentucky on Berea College’s campus. I was in a makeshift basement studio in Pittsburgh with the washing machine running in the background.  Talking with Erin, a 2016 Fiberart International participant, made me realize that even with the spin cycle, I was pretty lucky to be just where I was, talking with her.

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Lecture with Bruce Hoffman

April 22, 2021 – 3 PM EST
Please register on the Registration Form.
Free program for Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh members – $5.- for non-members.

Bruce Hoffman is Director of Gravers Lane Gallery in Philadelphia. He has been working in the field of studio crafts for more than three decades. During these years he has taught at Moore College of Art and Design, lectured and been a guest critic for many colleges, and has had the honor to jury shows for many fine museums, guilds, and art centers across the country.
Fiber and textile-centric art has been a main focus. Along with five friends, Bruce created and curated Fiber Philadelphia 2012. This four-month event showcased 61exhibits of fiber throughout the city. Bruce has a historical understanding of studio crafts as well as an appreciation of artists’ work and process. This guides his curatorial choices while enjoying the visceral delight of material, color, form, and texture.

Bruce is the juror for Out of the Funk, the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh membership exhibition.

Lecture with fiber artist Sandra Sider

January 19, 2021 – 3 PM EST
Please register on the Registration Form.
Free program for members – $5.- for non-members.

Sandra Sider, a New York quilt artist since the early 1980s, has led critique workshops since 2005. She holds an M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Sandra has served as president of SAQA, and today she is Editor of Art Quilt Quarterly and Curator of the Texas Quilt Museum. She has written or edited more than a dozen books concerning contemporary quilt art, including Art Quilts Unfolding: Fifty Years of Innovation and Exploring Your Artistic Voice in Contemporary Quilt Art.  As of 2020, she is designing fabric lines for Benartex, beginning with “Votes for Women.”

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The Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh presents 3 new programs, please join us!
Fiberart International 2019 is still on view in Pittsburgh through August 24, 2019 at Contemporary Craft and Brew House Association galleries., Three free programs will introduce you to FI2019 exhibitors. who will discuss their work, and their approach to practicing art in the fiber medium. We invite you to join us, see the show and engage in conversation with these talented artists!

August 17 Saturday – 2:00-4:00


Pati Beachley

Patricia Kennedy-Zafred

Melinda Stees






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A Dialogue with FI19 Artist Louise Silk

When: Tuesday July 16, 2019 11am to 1pm
Where: Contemporary Craft in the Strip District. 2100 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222

Join us for a presentation by Louise Silk at Contemporary Craft. Louise, a Fiberart International 2019 artist and author, will speak about her “giant” blue jean piece in the gallery, how her process evolved, her well known memory quilts and why she uses recycled materials. Bring a lunch or have lunch in the Strip following her talk.

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Pittsburgh Obama school residency

As part of the Fiberart International educational outreach, 90 students in grades 8-11 from Pittsburgh Obama school, an International Baccalaureate World School,  participated in a residency with fiber artist LaVerne Kemp as the International  community infusion project.

LaVerne Kemp – artist in residence at Pittsburgh Obama school

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Opening weekend

We had an amazing weekend at the opening and the Fiberarts Forum!

Exhibition directors Rae Gold and Risë Nagin with juror Jane Sauer.

Thank you to all who came, the artists, guild members and public!

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See you at the opening!

Today is the day! We hope to see you at the opening this evening from 5:30 to 8 pm at Brew House Association (711 South 21st Street) and Contemporary Craft (2100 Smallman Street).

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