Molly McKernan
[email protected]
(316) 634-2787 ext. 219
The Wichita Center for the Arts Presents:
2015 National Fiber Directions Exhibition
Concurrent Exhibition: Henrietta Holmes Dresses
March 27 – May 10
WICHITA, KS — March 3, 2015 —Fiber Directions 2015, a nationally juried exhibition featuring
works of contemporary fiber artists, opens March 27 and will remain on display through May 10
at The Wichita Center for the Arts
This exhibition hosts 81 imaginative and beautiful fiber works by 63 artists. It showcases a
diverse collection of subject matter and techniques -- from traditional approaches to avantgarde explorations of the medium. This year’s exhibit was juried by Barbara Shapiro and is
generously underwritten by the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation.
Also on display in a concurrent exhibition is Henrietta Holmes Dresses, presented in alliance
with the Frank Lloyd Wright Allen House Museum. Several pieces of couture clothing from the
1920s, 30s and 40s will be on view including Henrietta Holmes’s wedding dress and an original
gown by the late designer Christian Dior.
The public is invited to attend a free opening reception at the Center – located at 9112 E.
Central – from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 27 for light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.
About the Juror
BARBARA SHAPIRO, has been involved in textiles from an early age. San Francisco native
Barbara Shapiro began weaving in 1975 in New York City. She combines a rich knowledge of
historical and ethnic textiles with broad technical experience in weaving, dyeing and basketry.
After being involved in the San Francisco Art to Wear movement in the 1970s and 1980s,
Barbara shifted her focus to non-functional textile art, creating beautiful wall hangings and
sculptural baskets. Indigo dyeing is her signature and her passion. She teaches frequent
workshops and has taught classes through the Art Department at San Francisco State
University. A past Board Member of the Textile Society of America, she also serves as an advisor
to the Textile Arts Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and was a docent at the
Museum of Craft and Folk Art. Barbara's textile art has been widely exhibited and published.
She also writes articles for many textile publications.
About The Wichita Center for the Arts
Originally founded as the Wichita Art Association in 1920, The Wichita Center for the Arts is the
area’s oldest and most comprehensive visual and performing arts organization. For 95 years
The Wichita Center for the Arts has made art and art education available to the citizens of
Wichita and the surrounding communities as a privately funded organization. For more
information about The Wichita Center for the Arts, visit or call (316) 634-2787.
The gallery at The Wichita Center for the Arts is open 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Admission is free.

Fiber Directions 2015 Press Release