Connecting the Threads: Tapestry by Judy Ann Ness

Opening Reception:
November 10, 2018
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Q & A with the Artist: 2:30 pm

Exhibition Dates:
November 10th – December 11th

Judy Ness has been weaving and teaching fiber arts since 1994. A graduate of Iowa State University (1974, BS) and of the University of Oregon, she received a BFA (1997) and MFA (2000) in Fine Arts Textiles/Weaving. Judy has participated in over eighty exhibitions on the local, regional and national levels. The Dendel Scholarship from the Handweavers Guild of America supported her study of jacquard techniques at Foundation Lisio in Florence, Italy, in 1998. She developed a unique hybrid krokbragd-tapestry technique incorporating the Fibonacci proportional system during her Master’s work, enabling linear design elements to be woven creating curved shapes. Ms. Ness was awarded First Place for the tapestry “Beloved” in the Handweaver’s Guild of America International Convergence in 2004 in the “Mountain’s Majesty” exhibit in Denver, Colorado. Judy was also an exhibitor in the international American Tapestry Biennial 5 exhibit that toured the United States in 2004. In 2014, she was awarded a Gold Medal for continued excellence in the contemporary weaving category by the Vesterheim International Exhibition of Norwegian-American Arts and Crafts. Judy continued to receive acknowledgement of her work from Vesterheim with two consecutive Best of Show awards in 2017 and 2018. Her special interests are in Norwegian textiles and Navajo weaving techniques.

Max Nixon’s Legacy: Metalwork

Exhibition Dates:
October 27 – November 27

Charles Max Nixon (1915-2000)

Almost immediately after receiving his BFA degree in Art at Kansas University, Max Nixon was awarded a WPA grant to make a large sculpture in honor of the Mennonite Farmers in Newton, Kansas. He also started teaching in 1940. In WWII he served in France, Holland, and throughout Europe. Nixon was skilled in ceramics, jewelry and metalwork, and weaving. He did further study at the School for American Craftsmen in Rochester, New York, Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and Mills College in California.

Nixon taught in Honolulu, Hawaii, the University of Oregon, and set up a Jewelry and Metal program at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, New York.

He joined the University of Oregon to teach Jewelry and Metals and Weaving in 1958. He married Hattie Mae Rhonemus who became a major Docent for the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art as well as the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and the Lane County Historical Museum. She specialized in textiles and became an expert on the Chinese dragon robes in the JSMA collection, conducting tours and giving slide lectures on the subject. She also volunteered for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Max Nixon was well regarded by his many students who helped organize a major exhibition of Nixon’s work as well as the work of 47 of his former students at the University of Oregon’s Museum of Art in 1985. The reception was attended by a record number of people and that record stood until 2011 when the Super Heroes Comics show was held.