One of the most delightful perks of my field is that I’ve been able to get acquainted with the amazing fiber artist Sheila Hicks. I’ve mounted her objects several times for exhibitions, including the Sheila Hicks: Weaving as Metaphor exhibition at Bard Graduate Center in 2006, where I nervously attached small weavings through miniature holes drilled in plexi-glass while she bent over my shoulder to point out special details of each piece and inspect my handwork.
Imagine my joy when popping my hand into my mail box yesterday only to find out that she had surreptitiously dropped off the new catalog for her show at ICA Philadelphia called Sheila Hicks: 50 Years. Her enthusiasm with life is evident in all her work…and especially in her wonderful, warm way of talking and surprising people.
Sheila Hicks: 50 Years was organized by the Addison Gallery in Andover, MA and will be traveling to the Mint Museum of Craft and Design after it closes in Philadelphia.