New digital collection now available from the American Craft Council–Friends of Fiber Art International


Basket by Joanne Segal Brandford
Joanne Segal Brandford, dyed rattan basket, 1987, sprang construction. 10 x 16 in.

The American Craft Council is pleased to announce the addition of a new digital collection, the Friends of Fiber Art International Artist Files.

Friends of Fiber Art International was a not-for-profit organization whose mission was to educate and encourage the appreciation and collection of contemporary textiles. It presented lectures and symposia, supported exhibitions featuring fiber artists, organized travel programs focused on exploring the state and diversity of fiber art, and awarded grants to support the efforts of organizations with a similar mission.

Founded by fiber art collector Camille J. Cook in 1991, Friends of Fiber Art International was active until 2017, with membership that spanned the United States and 18 other countries. During its 26 years, the organization amassed a library of nearly 700 books and exhibition catalogues, and artist files representing more than 1,400 artists. The Friends’ board of directors donated the library and artist file materials to the ACC Library and Archives – along with a generous monetary grant that helped fund the digitization efforts.

The diversity of fiber arts is well represented, including weaving, embroidery, dyeing, basketry, beadwork, quilting, appliqué, fiber sculpture, and other techniques. The Friends of Fiber Art International Artist Files digital collection is a selection of the many fiber artists whose material can be found in both the Friends of Fiber Art International and the American Craft Council artist files collections. New content will be added on an ongoing basis.

Please join us in celebrating Women’s History Month at our upcoming Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at Mia on March 9, 2019 from Noon – 4PM.

Art+Feminism is an international campaign where people come together to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia. During the Edit-a-thon, we will be updating and creating Wikipedia articles on subjects related to gender, art, and feminism, with a focus on artists represented in Mia’s collection.

No Wikipedia experience necessary; 20 minutes training session at 12:15 p.m. for event newcomers. Library resources will be on hand. Bring your laptop, power cord, and ideas for articles. Features light refreshments. This event is free and open to all, please register online here: or call 612.870.3000

We will also be presenting a specially designed award cookie for those attendees that add content during the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.

Also, enjoy our FREE Art History Film Series screening in Mia’s Pillsbury Auditorium before the Edit-aThon:

March 9 | 10:30 a.m.
“Black is the Color”
This film highlights key moments in the history of African American visual art, from Edmonia Lewis’s 1867 sculpture Forever Free, to the work of contemporary artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ellen Gallagher, Whitfield Lovell, and Kerry James Marshall. Consider works in the larger social contexts of Jim Crow, WWI, the civil rights movement and racism. In-depth and comprehensive,Black is the Color is a survey of great work by artists whose contributions have been neglected by the mainstream art world for far too long. Admission is free.

March 9 | 11:30 a.m.
“!Women Art Revolution”
An entertaining and revelatory “secret history” of Feminist Art. Starting from its roots in 1960s antiwar and civil rights protests, the film details major developments in women’s art through the 1970s and explores how the tenacity and courage of pioneering artists resulted in what is now widely regarded as the most significant art movement of the late 20th century. With a rousing score by Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein, !W.A.R. features artists like The Guerilla Girls, Yvonne Rainer, Judy Chicago, Marina Abramovic, Yoko Ono, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, and countless other groundbreaking figures in an intimate portrayal of their fight to break down barriers facing women both in the art world and society at large. Admission is free.

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