Fiber and Material Studies: News and Events
Monday, September 9, 12:00 p.m.
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Deborah Valoma is an associate professor of textiles and graduate fine arts, and chair of the Textiles Program at California College of the Arts in Oakland and San Francisco. From 2008 to 2011 she served as Director of Fine Arts at CCA and was recently appointed Special Assistant to the Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and Studio Assessment. Valoma specialized field of research is the cultural history of textiles as a global aesthetic practice. In addition to teaching a comprehensive series of graduate and undergraduate courses on textile history and theory, she has written articles including "Cloth and African Identity in Bahia, Brazil" (published in Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion) and "The Impermanent Made Permanent: Textiles, Pattern and the Migration of a Medium" (published in Fiberarts). In 2010, Valoma edited and wrote the introductory essay for a special issue of Textiles: Journal of Cloth and Culture on the topic of dust, and has recently completed a book on the preeminent Native American weaver in California titled Scrape the Willow until It Sings: The Words and Work of Basket Maker Julia Parker (published by Heyday).
As a studio artist, Valoma explores the material, conceptual, and poetic nuances of the medium through a hybrid practice incorporating both digital weaving technologies and hand processes. Deborah's work has been exhibited at galleries and museums, including the de Young Museum, San Francisco; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Textile Museum, Washington DC. In 2011 Valoma was artist in residence at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland in conjunction with the Weaving, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, a retrospective exhibition of the work of weaver Laurie Herrick curated by Namita Gupta Wiggers. Her piece, Longing, took the form of an installation and performance that integrated the shared sensual, spatial, and rhythmic dynamics of weaving and dance. She collaborated with dancer and choreographer Victor Alexander on a full length iteration of the work begun in Portland entitled Line of Sighs funded by grants from Chicago Dancemakers Forum and the Illinois Arts Council. Deborah has also served on advisory councils and on boards of directors of several community-based art organizations that focus on the preservation of traditional performance arts from diverse cultures and countries, including Cuba and Brazil.