Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) will take part in the multi-venue exhibition Lenore Tawney: Wholly Unlooked For in honor of Lenore Tawney H’92 (1907–2007), a leading figure in the contemporary fiber arts movement. Two complementary exhibitions titled Lenore Tawney: Wholly Unlooked For, presented in conjunction with the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, will take place this winter: MICA will focus on the artist’s line-based work while University of the Arts in Philadelphia will highlight Tawney’s paper-focused work, Thursday, Jan. 17–Saturday, March 2 University of the Arts: The Rosenwald Wolf Gallery, 333 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.
By presenting parallel exhibitions at MICA and the University of the Arts, each with an emphasis on different aspects of Tawney’s work, we can focus on Lenore Tawney’s influence and impact on the fiber world,” said MICA co-curator and fiber chair Piper Shepherd. The MICA exhibition, also co-curated by faculty member Susie Brandt, will feature approximately 30 drawings, weavings, sculptures and installations produced throughout Tawney’s career—some of which have never been on view before. Lenore Tawney: Wholly Unlooked For will also provide the first public showing of studio materials and personal belongings inspiring the artist’s work. Both exhibitions will offer a glance into the artist’s daily life and work by showcasing items, such as studio collections, handmade garments and photographs. University of the Arts’ exhibition will also highlight Tawney’s collages, drawings, books and postcards.