At Colorado State University, we study fiber media within the fields of contemporary art and design. Our students develop skills in visual communication using a wide variety of textile processes. Coursework introduces world traditions and the role of textiles in material culture. We investigate the language of textiles as a global phenomenon and as an individual artistic practice. As our students encounter diverse processes and aesthetics, they become adept at creating and transforming fabrics and fiber structures. Undergraduate classwork provides a foundation in weaving, surface design, and related textile techniques. Students direct their talents toward the requirements of future careers in art, design, and education. Study abroad and internship opportunities are available. CSU alumni exhibit their work nationally and internationally; teach at public schools, colleges, and universities; and lead workshop programs throughout the US. Our alumni also jury and curate exhibitions, work as designers, and write for national publications.
N-Wing of Visual Arts houses a weaving studio, fabric-printing area, and dye room that together occupy 3,400 square feet. Situated next to the printing area, the well-ventilated dye room is
equipped with burners, six industrial sinks, a stacked washer-dryer, a bullet steamer, and a refrigerator to store dyes solutions. This room can function as a darkroom and houses light-table units to expose photo-emulsion screens. An interior courtyard provides ventilation for work with hot-wax methods and permits outdoor fabric dyeing and drying.
Our forty-four floor looms include various four-to-sixteen-shaft looms and an upright tapestry loom. The weaving studio has an area for sewing and cutting fabric. A nearby conference room contains the studio library.
In nearby M-Wing, graduate students share a semiprivate studio space that can accommodate up to three artists. This studio has a sink, small print table, and several looms. Both undergraduate and graduate studios are near the department’s woodshop, digital-fabrication studio, and computer lab.
Visiting artists enrich our program and the University Center for the Arts is a short walk away; it houses the CSU Art Museum, which has featured works by prominent American fiber artists. The UCA complex also includes the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising, with its collection of more than 18,000 costumes, textiles, and interior and global artifacts. Art students may take supporting coursework in the Department of Design and Merchandising. Sixty miles away, the Denver Art Museum features textile galleries created in 2013 and involves CSU students in textile-education programs. Northern Colorado is home to many textile interest groups and entrepreneurs, and students frequently participate in special events, conferences, internships, and community-outreach programs.
The Avenir Museum reading/seminar room and Morgan Library support scholarship in art, textiles, fashion, and design. In 2014, editorial archives of Fiberarts—the world’s leading textile-art magazine for more than thirty years—were donated to Colorado State University’s Morgan Library Archives and Special Collections by Thrums LLC, formerly Interweave Press LLC. The gift includes correspondence between artists and the editors of Fiberarts from the mid-1970s to the late 1990s. The archives include images and other materials contributed to Fiberarts, which was in publication from 1975 to 2006. Read more about this donation here. For more helpful library and museum resources, see the links below: