Avenir Museum Gallery

Current Exhibition: January 16 – May 11, 2018


FABRICation is a traveling exhibition from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, hosted by the Avenir Museum as a thoughtful encounter with textiles and the art of fabricating-by-hand. The exhibition looks at the intersection where textiles and fine art meet — and materials and manual labor are prized — to consider how our material world is made, and to encourage the art of "slow looking"

Thursday Evening Lecture Series – March 22, 2018

Weaving Demonstration – March 23, 2018

Susan Iverson lives in rural Virginia near the small town of Montpelier and is a Professor Emerita at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. As one of the textile artists whose work is featured in the current Spring 2018 exhibition FABRICation at the CSU Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising, she will be visiting the Avenir Museum on March 22-23, 2018 for two public programs in conjunction with FABRICation:

  • Thursday, March 22, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Ms. Iverson will deliver an artist’s talk on the process and intention of her own work in weaving, with specific reference to its inclusion in FABRICation.
  • Friday, March 23, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Ms. Iverson will present a Tapestry demonstration on a frame loom, as an introduction to process, materials and applications of the tapestry weaving process. Technical and historical samples belonging to both Iverson and to the Avenir Museum collection will be on view to augment audience appreciation of the historical and contemporary process and use of tapestry.

Both of these events are FREE and open to the public, and take place in the Avenir Museum Classroom 157 at 216 East Lake Street on the dates and time noted above.

Susan Iverson earned an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and a BFA from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and in Canada, Italy, Poland and Uzbekistan. She is included in many collections including The Art in Embassies Program, Capital One and the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.

Location: Avenir Museum, Classroom 157, 216 East Lake Street, UCA-East building - Campus Map
Cost: FREE and open to the public

Location and Hours

The Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising is our flagship location, featuring exhibitions from our extensive collection of textile and historic costume artifacts.

  • Location: 216 E. Lake Street, University Center for the Arts-East building - Campus Map
  • Hours: Monday through Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free; self guided
  • Closed for University Holidays, Fall, Winter and Spring Breaks
  • Contact: (970) 491-1983
  • Parking: There is no dedicated visitor parking for the Avenir Museum. On-street parking is located in the neighborhoods surrounding the University Center for the Arts and the Avenir Museum.

Past Exhibitions

  • Fall 2017 – Fashioned by Faculty: Creative Scholarship
  • Spring and Summer 2017 – Tying the Knot
  • Fall 2016 – Layers of Meaning: Color and Design in Guatemalan Textiles, Part 2
  • Spring 2016 – Layers of Meaning: Color and Design in Guatemalan Textiles, Part 1