Art Gallery: Sherri Smith - Beyond the Skies

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 5:00 pm

Join us for the opening reception to Sherri Smith's Beyond the Skies series, on Tuesday March 28, from 5:00 to 6:00. 

About the Artist:

Sherri Smith has been a prominent fiber artist since 1969 when the field of fibers emerged with the exhibition “Wall Hangings” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, featuring her work. Sherri has been included in many important exhibitions including the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Biennials of Tapestry in Lausanne, Switzerland; 3rd Tapestry Triennial in Lodz, Poland; “Fiberworks” Cleveland Museum of Art;”Old Traditions – New Directions Textile Museum, Wash. D.C.; “The Art Fabric – Mainstream”, San Francisco Museum of Art and nine other major museums;“Fiber R/Evolution” Milwaukee Museum of Art and other venues;”The Poetry of the Physical” Contemporary Crafts Museum, N.Y.C.; 13th International Minitextile Biennial” Szombathy, Hungary;”4th Biennial of Fiber” Chieri, Italy; “4th Biennial of Fibers” Textile Museum, St Gallen, Switzerland.

Recently, Sherri’s work was shown in “Innovators and Legends” Muskegon Art Museum, “Fiber Sculpture:1960 to the Present” Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and “Extreme Fibers” Muskegon Museum of Art. She has had many one person exhibitions and has been part of innumerable invitational exhibitions in the United States and abroad. Her work has been featured in many of the seminal books about the field.

Sherri is the Catherine Heller Professor of Art at the Penny Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan where she has taught fibers since 1974 when she started the program. Her previous position was at Colorado State University where she taught for three years. Previous to teaching, Sherri worked in New York City as a textile designer for Dorothy Liebes and for Boris Kroll Fabrics where she designed jacquard woven fabrics for interiors. She holds a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from Cranbook Academy of Art.

About the Work:

Sherri’s current work is based on images from astronomy, both old and very new. She sees her work as somewhat parallel to that of 19th century American artists who went west and painted the new frontier. Space is our new frontier. She finds it interesting to use one of the oldest technologies to show the latest in knowledge. With NASA missions sending back new and even more exciting visual material, Sherri feels that she’s unlikely to run out of inspiration for this series. 


Dana Building, Ford Commons (1st floor)