Deidre Scherer

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Huddle, 2010 Thread On Layered Fabric 35 X 35 Inches © Deidre Scherer 2010
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RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), 1967, BFA
fabric, mixed-media, figurative, textile, thread

"Using scissors and machine, I approach the human figure through intricate piecing, layering and drawing with stitching. The rich patterns of printed material attract me for their pointillist qualities and how the eye is engaged. For me, fabric has become the perfect vehicle with which to narrate what is multifaceted, often non-verbal and invisible in the human experience."

Deidre Scherer’s thread-on-layered-fabric work is included in over one hundred and sixty exhibitions worldwide such as her solos at The Baltimore Museum of Art; the Maltwood Art Museum in Victoria, BC; and the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY. Her work is featured extensively in publications as well as in the documentary film, “Holding Our Own” -complete with scenes from HUC-JIR Museum’s opening of her “Surrounded by Family and Friends” exhibition.

Scherer received the 2010 Rhode Island School of Design Alumni Award for Artistic Achievement; the 2008 Humanities Award from the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine; and fellowships from the Vermont Arts Council and the Open Society Institute.


2009 Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC

2008 Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, Tallahassee, FL

2007 Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, New York, NY

2006 Maltwood Art Museum, Surrounded by Family and Friends & The Last Year, Victoria, B.C.

2004 Washington Center For The Performing Arts, Olympia, WA

2003 Genet Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

2002 Karl Drerup Gallery, Life Transitions, Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH

2001 Brattleboro Museum, Surrounded by Family and Friends, Brattleboro, VT, catalogue

1998 Baltimore Museum of Art, Deidre Scherer: The Threaded Image, Baltimore, MD, & lecture

1997 Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

1996 Museum of Fine Arts, Deidre Scherer, Threads of Experience, Springfield, MA

1995 Redding Museum of Art, Redding, CA

1994 Dennis Woodman Gallery, Images of Aging, Kew, Surrey, England

1992 Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA


2010 Bennington Museum, State of Craft, Bennington, VT

2009 Tabla Rasa Gallery, Pioneer Women, Brooklyn, NY

2008 Visions Art Gallery, Figuratively Speaking, San Diego, CA

2005 Racine Art Museum, Magnificent Extravagance, Racine, WI

2003 The 30 Distinguished Quilt Artists of the World, Tokyo International Festival, Japan

2002 The Goldstein Museum, University of Minnesota, Material Witness, St. Paul, MN

2000 Museum of Art & Design, Miniatures 2000, Helsinki, Finland: also Helen Drutt: Philadelphia

1999 The Memorial Union Art Gallery, University of California, Viewpoints, Davis, CA

1995 Renwick, Smithsonian Inst., Nat'l Museum of American Art, Full Deck, Washington, DC

1993 Alexandra Palace, Celebrating the Stitch, London; also Vancouver, BC; & Tokyo, Japan

1989 Erector Square Gallery, Woman in Her Place, New Haven, CT, Honorable Mention

1988 Brockton Art Museum, Bits and Pieces, Brockton, MA

1987 Boston University Art Gallery, Illusion in Art, Boston, MA, catalogue


The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD                                     Museum of Science, Boston, MA

Dartmouth College, Tuck School, Hanover, NH                                St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, NY


2010 Rhode Island School of Design, Alumni Association Award for Artistic Achievement, RI

2008 American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, Humanities Award, Tampa, FL

2005 National Museum of Women in the Arts, From the States Program Finalist, Washington, DC

2000 The Open Society Institute: Project on Death in America, Fellowship Award

1994 Vermont Arts Council, Fellowship Award


SO Vermont Arts&Living, “State of Craft”, Arlene Distler, interview, Fall 2010

Masters: Art Quilts, Major Works by Leading Artists by Martha Sielman, profile, Lark Books, 2008

Seven Days, “The Art of Dying”, Pamela Polston, article, Nov 2006

Hope Magazine, “The Living End”, Jim Baldwin, article, Sept./Oct. 2004

The Boston Globe Magazine, “Encounter”, B.J. Roche, interview, May 12, 2002

Surrounded by Family and Friends, Deidre Scherer, catalogue, May 2001

Art in Embassies Program, “We the People”, Brussels, Belgium, catalogue, 2001

Deidre Scherer: Work in Fabric & Thread by Deidre Scherer, C&T Publishing, 1998

Embroidery, "Philosophy of an Artist", Ruth Smith, interview, United Kingdom, Spring 1995

BMA Today, "In the Spotlight", The Baltimore Museum of Art, profile, July/Aug. 1995

Celebrating the Stitch, profile: "Deidre Scherer", Barbara Lee Smith, book, Taunton Press, 1991

Art Journal, "Feminist Art Criticism", Cassandra Langer, article, Summer 1991

Hospice, "Deidre Scherer: Artist As Activist", Richard Ewald, feature article & cover, Fall 1991


The Daily Reflector, “Hanging on the Issues”, Tom Marine, Greenville, NC, January 19, 2009

Times Colonist, “Artist Stitches Fabric of Death”, Robert Amos, Victoria, B.C., March 2, 2006

Art New England, “In her intricate fiber works..”, Melissa McCarthy, April/May 2003

San Jose Mercury News, “Piecing Together Life & Death”, Jack Fischer, San Jose, CA, July 28, 2002

Murray Ledger & Times, “Finding Inspiration”, Constance Alexander, Muray, KY, October 2001

Art & Antiques, “Threads of Life”, May 2000

MS Magazine, “Arts Watch”, Chirs Kelsey, July/August 1998

New Age Journal, “Textures of the Soul”, Trebbe Johnson, July/August 1997

Syracuse Herald American, “The Transition in Dying”, Sherry Chayat, Syracuse, NY, Nov. 9, 1997

The Boston Globe, “Keene Exhibit Features...Strong Work”, Boston, MA, June 19, 1994

Artweek, “Expressing the Inexpressible”, Edie Meidav, January 1992


OWL 2010 Mother’s Day Report, cover & interior,  Older Women’s League, Washington, DC, 2010

The Hastings Center Report; covers, March 2003, Nov-December 2005, and Nov-December 2008

American Journal of Nursing, cover & interiors, May 2002 and April 2004

Journal of the American Medical Association, interior, November 2000

Threads of Experience, book cover and interior images by Deidre Scherer, Papier-Mache, 1996

Frontline...Geriatric Disorders, cover, Yamada Medical Service, Japan, 1992

When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple, book cover & poster, Papier-Mache, 1987


B.F.A. 1967, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI