October 16, 2008: Textile Arts instructor becomes new TSA vice president

      Thursday, October 16, 2008
      Contact: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Capilano University Textile Arts instructor, Ruth Scheuing, is the new vice president of the Textile Society of America, Inc.

      “I feel very honoured,” Ruth said, “and look forward to creating a stronger link between artists, academics and global issues in textiles.”

      This past year, Ruth was involved in the Digital Threads project, organized by the Textile Museum of Canada. Digital Threads (www.digitalthreads.ca) is an interactive Web environment that highlights new digital artworks by five Canadian artists who are internationally known for innovative work that challenges the boundaries of conventional textile arts. These five artists define new territory on the World Wide Web with dynamic projects that link to 50 exhibitions from the Textile Museum of Canada. Digital Threads was nominated for a 2008 Webby Award.

      Ruth’s works have been exhibited in North America and Europe in solo and group exhibitions for more than 25 years, and her writing has been published extensively. In 1998, Ruth co-edited a book of essays entitled Material Matters: the art and culture of contemporary textiles, published in Canada by YYZ Press.

      In 1997, Ruth was awarded a $34,000 Canada Council A grant in the craft category. She was also the recipient of the Jean A. Chalmers Award for Crafts in 1996 for her multimedia textile art. This is a national award of $25,000 for achievement in the crafts.

      TSA provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of information about textiles worldwide, from artistic, cultural, economic, historic, political, social, and technical perspectives.

      Established in 1987, TSA is governed by a board of directors from museums and universities in North America. Its 500 members worldwide include museum curators, teachers, historians, artists, students, dealers, and collectors.