Annual Sinton Lecture: Invisible Blue

Hanging indigo-dyed textiles bathed in light

Ai-no-keshiki – Indigo Views, 2018. Rowland Ricketts – art direction, Norbert Herber – sound. Indigo-dyed linen, faded over five months in the homes of 450 participants from nine countries. Installation at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery, 2020. Image courtesy of Renwick Gallery

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Hear from Rowland Ricketts about growing, processing, and dyeing with indigo on his farm in Indiana. His art is a reflection on indigo’s material properties and its global context. Special emphasis will be placed on recent works that make palpable the invisible aspects of the color’s creation as well as the invisible histories and forces that lie below the surface of this globally revered dye. 

Rowland Ricketts utilizes natural dyes and historical processes to create contemporary textiles that span art and design. Trained in indigo farming and dyeing in Japan, Rowland received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2005 and is a professor in Indiana University’s Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture, and Design. His work has been exhibited at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery. Rowland is a recipient of a United States Artists Fellowship.

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  • In-person tickets: $5 at the door
  • Online presentation via Zoom: $5 members and students, $10 general public. Get online tickets.

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Kyle Clarke
Textile Arts Council

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The annual Sinton Lecture is made possible with the generous support of The Carol Walter Sinton Fund for Fiber Arts Studies.

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