Avenir Museum Gallery

Avenir Museum Holiday Closure: Monday, December 24, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

Current Exhibition: September 10 – December 21, 2018

Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America


The Hmong are people indigenous to the mountain regions of Southeast Asia, many of whom are now dispersed throughout the world by the disruption of war and refugee experience. This traveling exhibition charts the evolution of the rich Hmong textile culture, from geometric ornamental cloth forms to embroidered story cloths, and the blending of traditional motifs with representations of new lives and the creation of community in America.

Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance
and The National Endowment for the Arts

Thursday Evening Lecture Series – November 8, 2018

“Hmong Culture, Cloth, and Community”

Geraldine Craig, M.F.A. is Professor of Art at Kansas State University, with primary research interests in contemporary art/craft and Hmong textiles. She served as Curator of the traveling exhibition Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America on view at the Avenir Museum in Fall 2018, and recently contributed the chapter “Stitching Hmongness into Cloth: Pliable Identity and Cultural Agency” for the book Claiming Place: On the Agency of Hmong Women, published by University of Minnesota Press in 2016. Ms. Craig will present a program on Hmong textiles and dress, incorporating her appreciation of the intersection and relationships between textile history and politics, curatorial work, and studio practice.


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 (December 24-28, 2018) 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

  • Spring 2018 – FABRICation
  • 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