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Textile Society

The Textile Society is proud to support the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Textiles, one of the most comprehensive, international collections of textiles in the world.

The museum's collection includes outstanding examples of textiles and techniques spanning two millennia from 100 A.D. through the present.  

The society furthers the appreciation and preservation of textiles by:

  • Sponsoring educational programs and events
  • Enhancing members’ knowledge and appreciation of textiles
  • Exploring diverse textile collections via trips and private tours
  • Providing the department with much-needed acquisition funds

Contact Us
For more information, please contact Elyse Strand, assistant director of affiliate programs and events, at (312) 443-9198 or textilesociety@artic.edu.

Gold  $1,000
The highest level of philanthropy, Gold members provide critical acquisition and ongoing support to the Department of Textiles. Gold members enjoy:


  • All Silver-level benefits
  • Prioritized access to curator-led travel opportunities

  • Special opportunities to interact with visiting scholars and artists


Silver   $500
Silver members enjoy:


  • All Sustaining-level benefits
  • Special opportunities to view and understand the permanent collection
  • Select visits to private collections
  • Early access to curator-led travel opportunities


Sustaining   $250
Sustaining members enjoy:

  • All Individual-level benefits for two people

Individual   $150
Individual 
members enjoy: 


  • Invitation to the Textile Society’s annual meeting in April

  • Invitation to member lectures, special exhibition events, and Textile Society programs

Please join us, either online or by contacting our office. Note you must be an Art Institute member to join the Textile Society.


Contact Us
For more information, please contact Elyse Strand, assistant director of affiliate programs and events, at (312) 443-9198 or textilesociety@artic.edu.

Lecture: Contemporary Textiles Today and Tomorrow
Thursday, September 28, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Fullerton Hall
Matilda McQuaid, Deputy Curatorial Director and head of the Textiles Department at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, NY
Textile Society meembers and guests will be invited to a reception following the public lecture.
Gold members will be invited to join Matilda McQuaid for lunch prior to the lecture.

Collection Tour: Visit to Crab Tree Farms, Lake Bluff with John Bryan
Saturday, October 28, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Tour will include the east and west buildings and will take 2+ hours. John Bryan will be our host and is providing a complimentary box lunch following tour.
 Space limited to 20.

Exhibition Walk-Through: Making Memories—Quilts as Souvenirs
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
11:00 a.m.
Textile Galleries 

Our calendar is always evolving. For the most up-to-date list of events, please contact our office.


Contact Us
For more information, please contact Elyse Strand, assistant director of affiliate programs and events, at (312) 443-9198 or textilesociety@artic.edu.

 

President
Ceecee Menaker

Vice President
Fern Grauer  

Treasurer


Nona Long

Programs Chair

Victoria Frank       

Secretary
Janet Rustigan  

Board Members     
Nathalie Alberts   
Laura Boyd       
Bean Carroll       
Elizabeth Farwell   
Nancy Feldman       
Jan Figa           
Susan Higinbotham   
Celia Hilliard       
Susan Hoogendorn    
Janet Jentes       
Donna McKinney   
Kathleen O’Neal   
Lisa Pevtzow        
Shirley P Ryan       
Jan Sennott       
Mary Shea       
Lisbeth Stiffel       
Laura Sudler       
Christa Thurman


Contact Us
For more information, please contact Elyse Strand, assistant director of affiliate programs and events, at (312) 443-9198 or textilesociety@artic.edu.