Geraldine Craig (May-June 2014)
Geraldine Craig is an artist and writer whose research focuses on the intersections or relationships between textile history, theory and criticism, curatorial work and studio practice. Her writing is formed by modes of knowing as a maker, with her primary research practice in contemporary art/craft and Hmong textiles. She is especially interested in generating knowledge of craft practices that have been marginalized in Western art history canons. She received Bachelors' degrees from the University of Kansas (Textile Design; History of Art), and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1989. She also studied art history and philosophy at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
As Assistant Director for Academic Programs at Cranbrook Academy of Art (2001-2007), she developed the annual Critical Studies/Humanities program in response to the broad intersections of interdisciplinary practice seen in the MFA students' studio production each year. Craig was the 2012-13 Dorothy Liesky Wampler Eminient Professor, James Madison University, and in 2010 was elected an Associate Fellow at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE. She also was awarded the 1994-95 James Renwick Senior Fellow in American Craft, Smithsonian Institution. She has presented her research at conferences throughout the United States, Brazil and Denmark. Craig has written a monograph on sculptor Joan Livingstone (Telos: London), and published over ninety book chapters, catalog essays, articles and reviews (Art in America, Hmong Studies Journal, The Journal of Modern Craft, Surface Design Journal, Sculpture, among others). Her studio work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Mexico, and she has received numerous grants to support her research and creative practice, including the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs individual Creative Artist Grant. She has taught at Red Deer College, Alberta, Canada; College for Creative Studies, Detroit; and the low-residency MFA, Vermont College.
Craig is Professor of Art at Kansas State University, where she has taught and been Department Head of Art since July 2007.