At the Smith: Seeing the Weave

Jubilee by Thomas Campbell

Seeing the Weave: Textile based abstraction from the Piedmont

September 7–October 5

This exhibition brings together a set of works by women artists living in North Carolina who are connected through a common interest in crossing textile arts and painterly abstraction. Works chosen reflect how ideas associated with traditions of textile based abstraction spill across the landscape of contemporary art production.

Featuring work by:

  • Maria Britton (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • Barbara Campbell Thomas (Greensboro, NC)
  • Martha Clippinger (Durham, NC) 
  • X-Change Textiles (Oaxaca, Mexico + Durham, NC): Collaboration between Clippinger and Weavers Luisa Gonzales Ruiz + Agustin Contreras Lopez 
  • Joy Drury Cox (Durham, NC)
  • Julia Gartrell (Durham, NC)
  • Kayla Anderson (Chicago, IL; work made during Elsewhere Residency, Greensboro, NC)
  • Jennifer Schmidt (Brooklyn, NY; work made during Elsewhere Residency, Greensboro, NC)


  • Friday, September 7, 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Smith Gallery

Roundtable Discussion: Maria Britton + Joy Drury Cox in conversation with Jeana Klein

  • Thursday, September 20, 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Belk Rm 421

Student Breakfast and Meet and Greet with Maria Britton and Joy Drury Cox

  • Friday, September 21, 9:30-11:00 am
  • Smith Gallery

Artist Talk by Barbara Campbell Thomas

  • Thursday, September 27, 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Lecture Hall

The Smith Gallery is located at 733 Rivers Street in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University. It is open Mon-Fri 9 to 5pm. For more information or to schedule a class tour contact Jennie Carlisle at