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 region—including St. Louis County, St. Louis City, St. Charles, Columbia, Missouri, as well as Metro East and Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Innovations in Textiles STL 2019 (IT19) serves to enlighten the community with a unique aesthetic perspective on fiber art.

Created to investigate the state of contemporary textile arts, IT19 is comprised of over 45 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 from August through November 2019, including receptions, open houses, workshops, lectures, artist & curator gallery talks, studio tours, a bus tour, and other community programs. Innovations in Textiles 2019 welcomes Surface Design Association to St. Louis October 3-6 for a weekend of special events, including their biennial conference, ”Beyond the Surface.” For details on all TI19 events, visit our Events page.

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

Anne Murphy
IT19 Program Coordinator

For information about Surface Design Association

Karena Bennett
Executive Director, 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 1994 when five local key art organizations and one commercial gallery—Craft Alliance, COCA, Art Saint Louis, Saint Louis Art Museum, and Duane Reed Gallery—joined together to create a collaborative event designed to celebrate fiber art and artists. Innovations in Textiles was originally presented biennially, but in 2011 the group began presenting the event every four years. From the 5 founding venues back in 1994, the collaborative has expanded to include over 45 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:

IT19 Events & Downloadable Map

Please visit our Events page of this website for complete event dates, times, and other specific venue details on all IT19 participants’ programming. For a handy downloadable & printable 2-page map, click here.

Additional Support

Innovations in Textiles 2019 is made possible with the support of all of our Participating Venues listed above. Additional support comes from the following organizations & individuals who have helped make this collaborative event possible with contributions of time, in-kind support, graphic design, advertising, partnership, and more. Thank you to:

IT19 in the News

We invite you to read all about Innovations in Textiles 2019 in the following publications (and thank you to our wonderful community for the generous media support):