Innovations in Textiles STL

Innovations in Textiles STL


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Innovations in Textiles STL 2019 is a collaborative event presented Fall 2019 throughout the St. Louis, Missouri region—including St. Louis County, St. Louis City, St. Charles, and Metro East Illinois. Innovations in Textiles STL 2019 serves to enlighten the community with a unique aesthetic perspective on fiber art.

Created to investigate the state of contemporary textile arts, Innovations in Textiles 2019 is comprised of over 30 regional nonprofit & commercial art galleries, organizations and museums that have joined forces to present innovative exhibitions that explore fiber art, textiles and fashion created by local, regional, national, and international artists.

In addition to exhibitions, a broad range of artistic programming & activities is planned, including receptions, open houses, workshops, lectures, gallery talks, studio tours, a bus tour, and other community programs throughout Fall 2019. Innovations in Textiles 2019 will take place August through November 2019 with a special weekend of events with Surface Design Association scheduled October 3-6, 2019. Stay tuned to this website and our Events section for more info as the event draws more near.

Special Partner


For Innovations in Textiles STL 2019, we are very pleased to announce that are partnering with Surface Design Association, an international textile/fiber art organization, which is bringing their “Beyond the Surface” biennial conference and related events to St. Louis October 3-6, 2019. Surface Design Association (SDA) is an international organization focused on inspiring creativity, encouraging innovation, and advocating for artistic excellence as the global leader in textile-inspired art and design. SDA’s mission is to promote awareness and appreciation of textile-inspired art and design through publications, exhibitions, and conferences. Learn more:

For more information about Innovations in Textiles 2019

Robin Hirsch-Steinhoff
Artistic Director of Art Saint Louis and IT19 Interim Coordinator,

For information about Surface Design Association

Karena Bennett
Executive Director, Surface Design Association

Astrid Bennett
Board President, Surface Design Association


"...a collaborative event that serves to enlighten the St. Louis
regional community with a unique aesthetic perspective on fiber art."



The Innovations in Textiles collaborative dates back to 1995 when several local key art organizations—Craft Alliance, COCA, Art Saint Louis, and the Saint Louis Art Museum—joined together to create a collaborative event designed to celebrate fiber art and artists. Innovations in Textiles was originally presented biennially, but in 2015, the group began presenting the event every four years. From the 4 founding organizations back in 1995, the collaborative has expanded to include over 35 participating regional venues for our 2019 event.

Participating Venues

To-date, participating venues (and where they are based) in Innovations in Textiles STL 2019 include:

  • All The Art, The Visual Art Quarterly of St. Louis

  • Arcade Contemporary Art Projects Gallery, Webster University's (St. Louis City)

  • ArtFiber Saint Louis (St. Louis City & County)

  • Art Saint Louis (St. Louis City)

  • Bits Art Quilters (St. Louis County)

  • By Design (Alton, IL)

  • Circle in the Square Quilters Guild (University City)

  • Millstone Gallery at COCA (University City)

  • Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (St. Louis City)

  • Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design (University City)

  • Edwardsville Arts Center (Edwardsville, IL)

  • Fontbonne University Gallery of Art (St. Louis County)

  • Foundry Art Centre (St. Charles)

  • Framations Art Gallery (St. Charles)

  • Horsley Arts (St. Louis City)

  • Jacoby Arts Center (Alton, IL)

  • Maturity and Its Muse (St. Louis Metro Area)

  • Messing Gallery, MICDS (St. Louis County)

  • Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (St. Louis City)

  • Missouri Artists on Main (St. Charles)

  • Missouri Fiber Artists (Statewide)

  • Norton’s Fine Art & Framing (St. Louis County)

  • Erica Popp Studio + Gallery (St. Louis City)

  • Duane Reed Gallery (St. Louis City)

  • Reese Gallery (St. Louis City)

  • St. Louis Artists’ Guild (Clayton)

  • Saint Louis Art Museum (St. Louis City)

  • Saint Louis Fashion Fund (St. Louis City)

  • The Sheldon Art Galleries (St. Louis City)

  • St. Charles Community College (Cottleville, MO)

  • St. Charles County Arts Council (St. Charles)

  • St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley - Theater Gallery (St. Louis County)

  • St. Louis Community College Meramec Gallery (St. Louis County)

  • Soulard Art Gallery (St. Louis City)

  • Parish Gallery at Trinity Episcopal Church (St. Louis City)

  • University City Public Library, The Gallery (University City)

  • Weavers’ Guild of St. Louis (St. Louis County & City)

  • Yeyo Arts Collective (St. Louis City)

  • Additional participating venues welcome. To participate, email us!