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"Forms of Fiber" on display at OWU's Ross Art Museum

September 15, 2005

DELAWARE, OHIO -- "Forms of Fiber," an exhibition of various forms of fiber art, will be on display at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum through Oct. 2. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

According to Tammy Wallace, exhibition curator, the techniques used in the show are friendly, tactile and warm. "All artists in the show bend and break the rules of the craft and reassemble the pieces into something original, unique and expressive," she said. Viewers will find categories such as weaving, quilting, and knitting to be new, challenging and no longer merely functional. Various forms of fiber art are on display including liturgical vestments and altar cloths, pictorial quilts, hand and machine woven tapestries, felted objects and jewelry, large painted forms created by pine needle basket techniques, and hand crocheted or hand sewn fiber sculptures. Artists featured included Carolyn Mazloomi, Gail Crosman Moore, Janice Lessman Moss, Soonran Youn, and Ohio Wesleyan alumnae Constance Eggers and Elizabeth Whyte Schulze.

"This is an exhibition of considerable breadth," said Justin Kronewetter, professor of fine arts and director of the Ross Museum. "The artwork ranges from traditional forms to the most contemporary pieces of fiber art—and they are of the highest order. These artists are among the more exciting professionals in the field of fiber art today."

"Forms of Fiber" is a result of the Kuhlman Exhibit Fund established by Barbara L. Kuhlman, a 1948 Ohio Wesleyan alumna and fine arts major. The fund supports the activities of the Ross Art Museum including a biennial exhibit/program of fiber art. In honor of her gift to OWU, the Barbara Kuhlman Gallery will be dedicated on Sept. 30 at 4 p.m.

The Ross Art Museum is located at 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, Ohio. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday and Saturday. For additional information, please contact the museum at (740)-368-3606 or at ramuseum@owu.edu