Professor Emerita
Department of Art and Art History

libby.kowalski@gmail.com

Cirriculum Vitae

Educational Experience

1981 Cranbrook Academy of Art, M.F.A., Fiber, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Additional courses in History of Textiles and Poetics.
1979 Colorado State University, B.F.A., Fiber, Fort Collins, Colorado.
Includes second major in Printmaking.

Professional Experience

 Kova Textiles New York, New York
 CTD Studios  New York, New York
Retired 2004 State University of New York.  Emerita Professor
1992-2001 State University of New York.  Professor. (Tenured)
1987-92 State University of New York.  Associate Professor.  (Tenured)
 1982‑87 State University of New York.  Assistant Professor.  Cortland, New York.
All levels – Weaving & Surface Design; Design & Color Theory.

Selected Exhibitions Group/Solo

2016 Libby Kowalski: A Retrospective in Fibers. Dowd Fine Arts Gallery, Cortland, NY.
2004  ARCHITECTEXTURE NYC.  CPF Gallery.  Cortland, NY
2003 RAISING OUR HEARTS: The Flag in New York City 2001.  University Gallery, Tiffin University, Tiffin, Ohio.  (Solo show)
INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION: Gallery & Guest Artists.    Denise Bibro Fine Art.  New York, New York.  (Invitational)
SPRING EXHIBITION.  Museum of the Southwest.  Midland Texas.  ( Juried)
FIBER DIRECTIONS 2003.  Wichita Center for the Arts.  Wichita, Kansas. (Juried)
ABSTRACTION 2003.  The Stage Gallery, Massapequa, NY.  (Juried)
URBAN IMAGERY: the Art of the City. Fredericksburg Creative Art Center, Fredericksburg, Virginia.
2002 CONSTRUCTS.  Gallery of Graphic Arts.  New York, New York. (two person show)
THE NEW PATRIOTISM.  Photographic Installation.  Dowd Fine Arts Gallery, SUNY Cortland, New York.
ART IN EMBASSIES PROGRAM.  United States Department of State.   American Embassy in Maseru, Lesotho.  Two mixed media works on loan for three years.
2001 ALUMNI FROM COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY.  Bayeux Gallery, Denver, Colorado. (Invitational)
LINES INTO SHAPES.  Art Center.  Estes Park, Colorado. (Juried)
COLLISION OF THE COOL.  Cranbrook Academy of Art.  Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. (Invitational)
 2000 SNAPSHOT.  Contemporary Museum. Baltimore, Maryland.
THE NATURE OF FIBER.  Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. Casenovia, New York. (Invitational)
CENTRAL NEW YORK REGIONAL ART EXHIBITION.  Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, New York. (Juried)
THREE WAYS TO WEAVE. Silver Cultural Arts Center.  Plymouth State College. Plymouth, New Hampshire. (Three person invitational)
THE VIRTUAL NOMAD. (Traveling exhibition) Carl Drerup Art Gallery. Plymouth State  College.  Plymouth, New Hampshire.
SQUARED OFF.  Rye Art Center.  Rye, New York. (Traveling exhibition)
 1999 THE FINE ART OF CRAFT. The Mitchell Gallery, St.John’s University. Anapolis,Maryland.
FIBER CELEBRATION 1999.  Estes Park Art Center.  Estes Park, Colorado. (Juried)
THE VIRTUAL NOMAD: TEXTILES AND TECHNOLOGIES.  Kansas City Art Institute. Kansas City, Missouri.
 1998 STRUCTURE AND SURFACE: CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE TEXTILES. (In collaboration with Suzanne Tick) Museum of Modern Art.  New York, NY.
SQUARED OFF.  Phoenix Gallery.  New York, New York.  (Juried)
  1997 NEW YORK STATE CRAFTS; 1997 BIENNIAL EXHIBITION. New York State Museum. Albany, New York.  (Juried)
  1996 FROM PRINTED LINE TO WOVEN FLOWER: EXPLORING TEXTILE DESIGN. The Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology. New York, New York. (Invitational)
  1993 FIBEROUS EXTREMITIES.  Pyramid Arts Center.  Rochester, New York. (Juried)
FORT COLLINS FIBER CONNECTION.  One West Contemporary Arts Center. Fort Collins, Colorado. (Juried)
  1991 SHADES OF FINE AND BROAD LINES: Drawing Since 1965.  State University of  New York.  Cortland, New York.
AMERICAN HANDWEAVERS COMPETITION.  International Design Center.  NY, NY
 1990 SPACE PLACE FRAGMENT.  The Center for Tapestry Arts.  New York, New York. (Solo Exhibition)
 1989 SMALL WORKS INVITATIONAL.  The Center for Tapestry Arts. New York, New York.
FIBER EXPLORATIONS: New Work in Fiberart. University Art Gallery.  Staller Art Center, State University of New York.  Stony Brook, New York.  (Invitational)
ITHACA AND NEIGHBORS.  New Visions Gallery.  Ithaca, New York.
 1988 DRAWING.  Chautauqua School of Art Faculty.  North Union Gallery.  Olean, New York.
BLACK AND WHITE.  Gayle Willson Gallery.  Southampton,N.Y.  (Invitational)
NATIONAL INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION.  Linda Hodges Gallery.  Seattle, Washington.
29th ANNUAL EXHIBITION.  Three Rivers Arts Festival. Gateway Center.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Juried)
FIBER STRUCTURE NATIONAL VI.  Downey Art Museum.  Downey, California. (Juried)
 1987 ITHACA AND NEIGHBORS.  New Visions Gallery.  Ithaca, New York.
CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL NEW ART FORMS EXPOSITION.  Chicago, Illinois.
CONTEMPORARY FIBERS.  Contemporary Crafts Gallery. Portland, Oregon.  (Juried)
FIBER STRUCTURE NATIONAL V. Downey Art Museum.  Downey, California. (Juried)
 1986 1st KYOTO CRAFT COMPETITION INTERNATIONAL.  Kyoto Craft Center. Kyoto, Japan.
49th EXHIBITION OF CENTRAL NEW YORK ARTISTS.  Munson Williams Proctor Institute Museum of Art.  Utica, New York.  (Invitational)
FIBER DIRECTIONS ’86.  O’Connor Gallery.  Rosary College.  River Forest, Ill.  (Juried)
JURIED EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS.  Luckenbach Mills Gallery.  Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
CONNECTIONS:  WORKS IN FIBER.  Three Rivers Arts Festival.  Gateway Center.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Juried)
 1985 FIBER STRUCTURE NATIONAL IV. Downey Museum of Art. Downey. California.
CRAFTS NATIONAL.  Uphall Hall.  State University of New York. Buffalo, New York.
FIBER ART EXHIBITION.  Mystic Art Association.  Mystic, Connecticut.
SEPTEMBER COMPETITION.  The Alexandria Museum. Alexandria, Louisiana.
FIBER CELEBRATED.  Intermountain Weavers Con­ference. Albuquerque, New Mexico.
THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL.  Gateway Center.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
PATTERNS.  Mill Gallery.  Guilford, Connecticut.
 1984 FIBER STRUCTURE NATIONAL.  Downey Museum of Art. Downey, California.
GROUP SHOW.  Yaw Gallery.  Birmingham, Michigan.
MICHIGAN INVITATIONAL FIBER SHOW.  Western Michigan State University. Kalamazoo, Michigan.
ARCHITECTURE:  OTHER IDEAS.  Detroit Artists Market.  Detroit, Michigan.
INTERFACE:  STRUCTURE AND IMAGERY… Geometric Weavings.  Kresge Art  Museum.  Michigan State University.  East Lansing, Michigan.  (Solo)
CRANBROOK CONNECTION:  NEW IMAGES IN FABRIC.  The Elements Gallery.  New York, New York.  (Invitational)
IMPULSE:  NEW IMAGES IN FABRIC.  Detroit Artists Market. Detroit, Michigan.
 1983 INTERFACE:  STRUCTURE AND IMAGERY.  Dowd Fine Arts Center. State University of New York.  Cortland, New York. (Solo)
FIBER IN FOCUS.  Jacques Baruch Gallery. Chicago, Illinois. (Two Person)
TEXTURES:  Important Work from the US and Canada.  Nimbus Gallery.  Dallas, Texas.
WOMEN IN FIBER ‑ A Michigan View.  Saginaw Art Museum. Saginaw, Michigan.
 1982 DIVERGENT VIEWS.  State University of New York.  Albany, New York.
ARTSPACE.  Swan Gallery.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
WEAVINGS.  Detroit Artists Market Other Space.  Detroit, Michigan.  (One Person)
 1981 11TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF WORKS ON PAPER.  Etchings International.  New York, New York.
FOUR DETROIT ARTISTS.  Gallery Renaissance. Detroit, Michigan.
SUMMER SHOW.  Detroit Artists Market.  Detroit, Michigan.
FIBER STRUCTURE NATIONAL.  Downey Museum of Art. Downey, California.
IVORY TOWERS.  Farwell Building.  Detroit, Michigan.
 1980 CRANBROOK FIBER.  The Art Gallery.  Ohio State University. Newark, Ohio.
FIBRE INTERCHANGE.  Walter Phillips Gallery.  Banff Centre of Fine Art.  Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Included in Publications

 2010 TRANSMATERIAL 3: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine Our Physical Environment.  Blaine Brownell, Assoc. Professor/Director, Master of Architecture Program.  Univ. of Minnesota.
 2006 TRANSMATERIAL: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine Our Physical Environment.  Blaine Brownell, Assoc. Professor/Director, Master of Architecture Program.  Univ. of Minnesota.
 2003  SURFACE DESIGN JOURNAL. “Informed Source”.  Article by Patricia Malarcher, Editor.
 2000  BEAUTIFUL THINGS.  The Guild.
 1992 THE GUILD: Architects & Designers Sourcebook.  Krause Sikes International.
TEXTILE DESIGNS:  Ideas and Applications.  Joel Sokolov. PBC International.
1991 MIRABELLA. August.
INTERIORS.  August.
CONTRACT DESIGN.  June.
INTERIORS.  June.
1990 AMRICAN CRAFT MAGAZINE.  December.
FIBERARTS. Recent Shows & Exhibitions. December.
SHUTTLE, SPINDLE AND DYEPOT.  March.
INTERIORS.  Juror for textiles and contract trends. Association of Contract Textiles
 1989 PHOEBE.  (Cover)  State University of New York.  Oneonta, New York.
ITHACA WOMEN’S ANTHOLOGY.  (Poetry). Ithaca, New York.
 1986 GEOMETERIC DESIGN IN WEAVING.  Else Regensteiner. Schiffer Publishing Ltd. West Chester, Pennsylvania.
AMERICAN CRAFT.  Portfolio.  August/September.
AMERICAN CRAFT.  Gallery. February/March
 1983 FIBERARTS.  Recent Shows and Exhibitions.  November/December.
AMERICAN CRAFT.  Gallery.
 1981  DESIGNING FOR WEAVING.  Carol S. Kurtz.  Hastings House.  New York
 1980 SWEAT BOMBS. Cranbrook Academy of Art Publications. Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
 1979 FIBERARTS DESIGN BOOK.  Hastings House, New York.  New York.

Awards and Grants

2015 German Design Award.  Special Mention.  German Design Council.
2006, 2005 ADEX Award for Design Excellence, Platinum.
2005 Best of NeoCon. Silver Winner, Kira Silver
 2004 Best of NeoCon. The Editor’s Choice Award, Krystal Weave Collection.
Material ConneXion. Certificate of Excellence in Material Development. Krystal Weave
 2001  Individual Development Award.  NYS UUP Joint Labor Management Program.
Chairholder, Color Marketing Group.
 2000  Advisory Board.  Textile/Surface Design Department.  Fashion Institute of  New York.  New York, New York
 1997  Grant. Faculty Research Program.  State University of New York
 1986 Stipend.  The Research Foundation of State University of New York.
 1985-86 Grant.  Visual Artists Sponsored Project.  Visual Artists Program. New York State Council on the Arts.
 1985 Fibers Celebrated: 1985.  Intermountain Weavers Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico. Best of Show.
 1981 Fibre Interchange.  Banff Centre of Fine Art.  Banff, Alberta. Full scholarship for Fibers summer program.
 1980  Honorarium.  Handweavers Guild of America.

Lectures and Workshops

2001 Studio visit. Third year students and faculty, Contextual and Critical Studies, Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
2000 Curated.  4:1.  Exhibition of 4 students and one faculty member from J. E. Purkyne Universita, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic.  State University of New York. Cortland, New York.

Curated.  Two person exhibit.  Lucie and Alexander Peroutka.  State University of New York.  Cortland, New York

Lecture on own work and design trends in textile industry.  Faculty and students from Gray’s School of Art.  Aberdeen, United Kingdom.

1999 For All You’ve Done for Us.  Amoco Fabrics and Fibers Student Design Competition awards ceremony.  NeoCon.  Chicago, Illinois.

Lecture.  Art/Inspiration.  Art/Textiles.  Art/Fashion.  Art/Mills. Art/My Art.  Students and Faculty. Kansas City Art Institute.  Kansas City, Missouri

Lecture.  Career Opportunities in Textiles.  Fibers Department.  Kansas City Art Institute. Kansas City, Missouri.

Lecture and studio visit. Textile students, Gray’s School of Art.  Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, United Kingdom.

 1998 Representative and lecturer to J. E. Purkyne Universita in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic. Lecture and workshops to continue dialogue for Purkyne/SUNY student and faculty exchanges.

Workshop. Color Marketing Group.  The Association for International Color Directions.

Lecture.  Pertinent, Passionate, and Personal: Dare to be an Individual.  Textile and color trends. Skidmore University, New York, New York.

Juror, Urban Textures. New York Handweavers Guild.  American Craft Museum, NY,  NY

Lecture. Silk mills in India, Seven Valley Weavers Guild, Cortland, New York.

Lecture.  Textile design and color trends.  For woven and surface design graduate/undergraduate   students from Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK.  New York, NY.

 1997 Guest Designer.  Bharat Silk Mill.  Bangalore, Karnataka, India.   Designed collection of 100 silk iridescent fabrics and co-coordinating patterns.

Curated “Transformation: Fiber Orientations.  Dowd Fine Art Gallery.  State University of  New York.  Cortland, New York.

Matrilineage Symposium: Women, Art and Change.  Discussion of own work and experiences as a woman  artist, educator and professional. Syracuse University. Syracuse, New York.

Lecture on own work, textile design and current trends. Fine Art Department, Skidmore College.  New York, New York.

Juror.  The New York Handweavers Guild.  American Craft Museum. New York, New York.

Lecture on current textile trends for the year 2000.  Students from the Scottish College of Textiles.  Galashiels, Scotland. NY, New York.

Lecture and demonstration of current CAD systems within the textile fields.  Cortland Weavers Guild.  SUNY Cortland, New York.

 1996 Lecture on own work and CAD in the textile design field.  Faculty and students from The  Scottish College of Textiles, Herriot Watt University.  Netherdale, Galashiels, Scotland.  NY, NY.
 1995 Lecture on textile trends, portfolio presentations and interview methods, critique of student works. Faculty of Art and Design and advanced students. The Department of Textiles/ Fashion of Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK. New York, NY.

Workshop. (2 day workshop on multi-harness weave structures) Maryland Institute College  of  Art.  Baltimore, Maryland.

Panel member.  “CAD for Fashion Shows.”  International Fashion Fabric Exhibition.  Jacob Javits Center,  New York, New York.

1994 Lecture on own work.  Princeton Weavers Guild.  Princeton, New Jersey.  Studio visit followed.

Lecture on trends/directions for textile design in America to members of delegation from the  Nyshijin Weaving Guilld, Kyoto, Japan and faculty from Seian University of Art and Design, Ohtsuhi, Japan.  New York, New York.

Curated  “Southeast Asian Textiles.  Selections from the Gerhardt Knodel Collection.”  Dowd Fine Arts Gallery.  State University of New York.  Cortland, New York.  Lecture followed.

Presentation/demonstration Computer Aided Design in Textiles.  Teaching and Learning Conference on Technology and the Classroom. SUNY.  Cortland, New York.

 1993 State of the Art:  Contemporary Fiber.  Panel member, Fiber Symposium.  Loveland Museum and Gallery, Loveland, Colorado.

Lecture on own work, textile design, CAD/CAM textile design systems, and graduate critique. Colorado State University. Fibers Department. Fort Collins, Colorado

Visual Arts Panel.  Thayer Fellowship Committee.  State University of New York.  Programs in the Arts.  Albany, New York.

 1993-2001  Presented textile designs at Designer’s Atelier Heimtexil.  Frankfurt, Germany.
 1992 Invited to lecture on own work and textile design:
Students from internship program at Cooper Hewitt Museum
Design students from Trident School of Design, Nagoya, Japan
 1990-91 Exhibit textile designs at Surtex.  Jacob Javitts Center.  New York, New York.
 1991 The Importance of a CAD System in Freelance Textile Design. Paper presented at the first Computer Integrated Textile Design Association conference. Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science.

Juror and opening speaker – Textile Trends for the 90’s.  Seminar at Fashion Institute of Technology for the American Society of Interior Designers and members of the furniture and contract textiles industry.

Invited to lecture on own work and textile design:
Syracuse University
Savannaugh School of Art
University of Oregon
Maryland Institute College of Art

 1990 Invited to lecture on own work.
Syracuse University
Center for Tapestry Arts – Opening reception for solo exhibition
American Craft Museum docent study group
Student groups from Galashiels, Scotland
Liverpool Polytechnic
Chair.  Visual Arts Panel.  Thayer Fellowship Committee.  State University of New York.  Programs in the Arts.  Albany, New York.
 1989 Lecture.  Computer Applications in Art and Textile Design.  SUNY,  Cortland, NY

Workshop.  Geometric Relationships and Form.  University Art Gallery. Staller Arts Center.  Stony Brook, New York.

Chair.  Visual Arts Panel.  Thayer Fellowship Committee.  State University of New York. Albany, New York.

Eight Years Later.   Lecture on own work. Fibers Department, Cranbrook Academy of Art. New York, New York.

Design:  What, When, How.  Lecture on own work, students’ work and critique. Syracuse Weavers Guild.  Syracuse, New York.

 1988 Lectures on own work:
New York Textile Study Group.  New York, New York.
Fibers program.  Parsons School of Design. New York.
 1987 Art and Artists Program. Lecture on own work. Ithaca, New York.

Co-curator.  IDEAS AND IMAGES THROUGH PAPER.  Cortland State University, Cortland, New York. Lecture on artists in exhibition.

 1986 Panel Member.  Visual Artists Sponsored Projects Program.
New York State Council on the Arts. New York, New York.
Cortland Arts Council.  Lecture – The Artist’s Eye.  Cortland.
Exhibition Committee.  Cortland Arts Council.
 1986-2000 Faculty Coordinator. Art and Design in New York City.  Annual field trip for SUNY Cortland students to New York City.  Four days of intensive immersion into the textile, fine art and design work.
 1985  Workshop.  Ikat and Synthetic Dyes.  North Country Community College.  Saranac Lake,  New York.

Current Membership In

Be Original.  Founding member.  2014
Textile Society of America
The Textile Study Group of New York
Handweavers Guild of New York

Permanent and Private Collections


The Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology
I B M Corporation.
UNISYS.
State University of New York, College at Cortland.
Kresge Art Museum. The Alice Schmid Memorial Fund.  Michigan State University.
North American Communications.
Automobile Association of America.
General Motors.
Kresge Corporation.
Work in private collections also