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Geraldine Craig is an artist and writer whose research-based practice focuses on the intersections and relationships between textile history, theory or criticism, curatorial work, and studio practice, always through the lens of textiles.
Her response usually includes emergent language.

Craig’s creative work includes social practice. As the founder of The Earl Project (2018) - a community arts program for veterans/ soldiers that promotes creativity through burn-out art workshops and contributions to a community cloth - she received an Artistic Innovations Grant by Mid-America Arts Alliance & National Endowment for the Arts (2018-19) and KSU 2018 University Small Research Grant. She also completed a thirty-feet long mixed media art commission for the University of Kansas Medical School- Salina with Nelson Smith (2018). She’s been selected as an International Artist-in-Residence for residencies in Thailand (2018) and Morocco (2016), and Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Grant. Craig’s work has been exhibited across the U.S.A., and in England, Mexico, Morocco, Thailand, Japan. 

Craig's writing is formed by modes of knowing as a maker, with primary research interests contemporary art and craft and Hmong textiles, generating knowledge of craft practices marginalized in Western art history canons. She was the 2012-2013 Dorothy Liesky Wampler Eminent Professor, James Madison University, and 2014 International Fellow-in-Residence, at the Women’s International Study Center, Acequia Madre House, Santa Fe, NM. She has presented at conferences throughout the United States, Italy, Brazil, Canada and Denmark. Craig has written a monograph on sculptor Joan Livingstone (Telos: London), and published over ninety book chapters, catalog essays, articles and reviews in Art in America, Hmong Studies Journal, The Journal of Modern Craft, Surface Design Journal, and Sculpture, among others. 

Awards .  [selected]


2018-19    Artistic Innovations Grant, from Mid-America Arts Alliance & National Endowment for the Arts -         

                        $15,000 awarded, individual artist, The Earl Project, a community art project with veterans/soldiers  

2018         Ne’-Na Contemporary Art Space A.I.R./Monfai Cultural Center, Chiang Mai, Thailand

                        [juried international artist residency]

2017-18    Art Commission, University of Kansas School of Medicine-Salina, with Nelson Smith

                        [30 ft mixed media work-international open call]

2016          International Artist-in-Residence, Convergence 2016, Green Olive Arts, Tetouan, Morocco 

                        [juried international artist residency] 

2015           Academic Excellence Grant, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS [competitive university-wide]

2014           International Fellow-in-Residence, Women’s International Study Center, Acequia Madre House,                                   Santa Fe, NM [juried]

2012           Dorothy Liesky Wampler Eminent Professorship 2012-2013 , James Madison University, 

                         Harrisonburg, VA [faculty-elected]

2012            Third Prize, Art Faculty Biennial, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art,

                           Juror: Robert Storr, Dean, Yale School of Art

2010           Associate Fellow, International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE

2010           Purchase Prize, Art Faculty Biennial, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art permanent collection,

                            Juror: Saralyn Reece Hardy, Director, Spencer Museum of Art

1994-95    James Renwick Senior Research Fellowship in American Crafts,

                            Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.     

1994-95     Individual Creative Artist Grant, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs/Arts Foundation of MI

Professional Experience .  [selected]  

current           Associate Dean/Professor of Art Emeritus,  Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 

2007–21       Professor of Art, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 

                              Associate Dean of the Graduate School (2014-2018),  Department Head of Art (2007-2014) 

2001-07        Assistant Director for Academic Programs,  Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI 

1995-2002   Backstage Pass On-Air Visual Arts Correspondent,  WTVS Ch. 56 Detroit Public Television,

                             PBS affiliate, Detroit, MI 

1995-2001    Curator of Fine and Performing Arts,  Wildlife Interpretive Gallery, Detroit Zoological Institute,

                              Royal Oak, MI 

1990-95         Executive Director  Detroit Artists Market, (non-profit art center, est. 1932), Detroit, MI



1987 – 1989       M.F.A. Fiber, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

1977 – 1982       B.F.A. Textile Design, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

                              B.F.A. History of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

1979 – 1980       University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland (Philosophy, Art History) 

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