*Please see revised inventory list (posted 11-30-2016)*

FABRICation features the work of 7 artists (Erin Castellan, Kristy Deetz, Virginia Derryberry, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson, and Natalie Smith) that incorporate a textile sensibility through elements of fabric and fabrication.  Inspired by a rich array of historical textiles (drapery to quilt), these complex multi-part constructions are encoded by traditional handicraft to contrast our culture’s rampant media consumption with the redemptive nuance of slow work wrought by hand.  Saturated with vibrant color, the luminous materiality activates the senses and counters passive visual skimming.  Works range from delicate illusions to layered constructions to architectural interventions.  Mixed media includes oil and acrylic paint, vintage clothing, aluminum screens, wool, silk, plastic, thread, vinyl, burlap, rug-hold, glass, recycled objects, and found fabrics.  Whether painting, tapestry or construct, these works interweave sensory pleasure with repetitive process to invoke introspection and reflection.

Independent artist Erin Castellan lives and works in Asheville, NC. By combining found, fabricated, and painted materials, Castellan creates hybrid works that drape off the wall.  Idiosyncratic combinations and detailed handwork encourage a slower more contemplative viewing experience.

Professor in the Art Discipline at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Kristy Deetz paints magical illusions that place veils of wrinkled fabric against areas of faux wood grain.  With references to Renaissance and Minimalist painting, her work rests in the crease between representation and abstraction.

Inspired by the rich history of crazy quilts, Virginia Derryberry’s Janus Series, explores pivotal moments in her life through time-honored narrative quilting and traditional needle crafts such as trapunto, embroidery, and appliqué.  Professor Derryberry recently retired from the Art Department at the University of North Carolina Asheville.

Professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University, Reni Gower works within a painterly collage tradition.  By incorporating repetitive process and fluid improvisation, she creates complex illusions that entwine pattern and gestural abstraction. Her multilayered mixed media works encourage reflection and retrospection.

Independent artist, Rachel Hayes recently moved to Tulsa, OK.  Embracing the grid, Hayes machine sews varied materials into shimmering curtain-like quilts of transparent, opaque, and reflective color.    Her luminous architectural interventions are experiential explorations of space.

Professor Susan Iverson recently retired from the Craft/Material Studies Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. Citing the rich history of traditional hand loom strip weaving, Iverson’s stunning hand woven tapestry forms echo her life on a secluded woodland pond as it unfolds over time.

Independent artist Natalie Smith lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.  Using the activities of choosing, collecting, organizing, and arranging, Smith invents minimal multi-part works.  By merging the physicality of materials with the rationality of design she transforms the intangible into concrete arrays of shape, pattern, and color.

DIGITAL PROSPECTUS:  Includes Checklist / Images

SIZE:  Approximately 300 running feet, determined by doubling the combined linear measurement of the artworks. Exhibition may be sized to your gallery specifications.

Number of Works: 19 wall mounted works / 1 suspended work

  • Checklist / Condition Report with detailed installation instructions travels with exhibition
  • Special installation hardware travels with exhibition
  • Other required hardware itemized on Checklist / Installation Instruction Sheet

Additional Support Material Provided by Venue:

  • Confirmation letter / contract to exhibition coordinator
  • Invitations, mailing, e-vite
  • Gallery signage and labels
  • Press material to appropriate media list
  • Reception
  • $1,000 rental fee


Packed in reusable museum quality boxes / crates

For freight climate controlled transport (53′ cab / truck) or via FedEx Ground

Each venue to provide one way shipping to the next venue

Insurance: Wall to Wall / Provided by Virginia Commonwealth University

Available on request:

  • High Resolution Digital Image Files / Press Packet
  • Gallery Talk / Panel presentation / workshops by artist(s) when funding permits
  • Installation Assistance by artist(s) when funding permits
  • Link here for Catalog  (available at venue expense)


(TAG) Theatre Arts Galleries, High Point, NC; October 2013
University of North Carolina Pembroke, A.D. Gallery, Pembroke, NC; Sep 22 – Oct 31, 2014
Connecticut College, Cummings Art Galleries, New London, CT; Jan 28 – Mar 4, 2015
Purdue University Galleries, West Lafayette, IN; May 12 – Aug 8, 2015
Morehead State University, Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead, KY; Oct 14 – Nov 24, 2015
Herron School of Art and Design / IUPUI, Herron Galleries, Indianapolis, IN; Jan 13 – Feb 19, 2016
Midland College, McCormick Gallery, Midland, TX; Mar 7 – Apr 8, 2016
New Mexico University Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM; Jun 17 – Jul 30, 2016
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Crossman Gallery, Whitewater, WI; Sep 1 – 30, 2016
University of Nevada-Reno, Sheppard Contemporary and University Galleries, Reno, NV; Nov 1 – Dec 15, 2016
West Virginia University, Art Museum of West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV; Jan 15 – Mar 15, 2017
Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD; April 15 – Jul 9, 2017
Bowling Green State University, Fine Arts Center Gallery, Bowling Green, OH; Sep 1 – Oct 1, 2017
AVAILABLE: Nov 1, 2017 and beyond

SPONSORS:  Sponsored in part by Virginia Commonwealth University, VCUarts, Painting and Printmaking Department

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