Mary Zicafoose Tapestries and Prints, Omaha, NE

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Weaving on a backstrap loom in Indonesia

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Mary, Niles Michigan


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Curriculum Vitae

International Fiber Artist, Tapestry & Rug Weaver, Printmaker
Teacher, Lecturer, Workshop Director & Leader, Seminar Leader
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  • University of New Mexico, 2000
  • University of Nebraska, 1978-79
  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago


  • St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1969-1973, BFA Studio Art & Education 

Selected Recent Conferences, Speaking Engagements & Workshops

  • Interweaving Cultures: The Symposium, Museo Textil de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2013
  • Pacific Textile Arts, Workshop Instructor, Fort Bragg, CA, 2013
  • Tapestry Weavers South, Conference Speaker & Workshops, Atlanta, GA, 2013
  • Cincinnati Weavers Guild, Speaker & Workshops, Cincinnati, OH, 2013
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha, George Wilson Arts Lecture Series, Omaha, NE  2013
  • Omaha Network, Speaker, Omaha, NE, 2013
  • Pacific Textile Arts, Workshop Instructor, Fort Bragg, CA, 2012
  • Black Sheep Weavers Guild, Speaker, San Francisco, CA, 2012
  • Santa Cruz Weavers Guild, Speaker & Workshop Instructor, Santa Cruz, CA,  2012
  • Mendocino Arts Center, Workshop Instructor, Mendocino, CA, 2012
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha, Art Department Guest Lecturer, Omaha, NE, 2012
  • Textile Study Group of New York City, “Under the Influence of Ikat,” Lecture, New York, NY, 2011
  • Kansas Association of Weavers & Spinners Annual Conference, Keynote & Tapestry Workshop, Manhattan, KS, 2011
  • The Minneapolis Weavers Guild, Five Year Strategic Planning Workshops, Minneapolis, MN  2010
  • The Textile Center of Minnesota, “The Weaving Cultures of Indonesia,” Lecture & Workshop, Minneapolis, MN, 2009
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha, Masters & Music Lecture series,  “Rhythm & Hues,” Omaha, NE, 2008
  • American Tapestry Alliance Retreat, “Channeling Your Muse,” Keynote, & Workshop, St. Petersburg, FL, 2008
  • Midwest Weavers Conference, Closing Keynote Speaker, Blair NE, 2007
  • Alaska Weavers Guilds Anchorage & Fairbanks, AL, Workshop Instructor, 2007
  • Mendocino Arts Center, Mendocino, CA, Workshop Instructor, 2007
  • Montana Association of Weavers & Spinners, Conference, Keynote Speaker and Workshop Instructor, 2006
  • Missouri Fiber Artists Conference, Keynote Speaker & Workshop Instructor, 2006
  • Vermont Weavers Guild, Weft-Face Ikat Workshop Instructor & Speaker, 2006
  • Seattle Weavers Guild, Lecturer & Workshop Instructor, 2006
  • San Juan Islands Fiber Conference, Keynote Speaker & Workshop Instructor, 2006
  • Central Ohio Weavers Guild, Workshop Instructor, 2006
  • Association of Northwest Weavers & Spinners Conference, Keynote Speaker & Workshop Instructor, 2005
  • New England Weavers & Spinners Conference, Keynote Speaker & Workshop Instructor, 2005
  • Mendocino Arts Center, Mendocino, CA, Workshop Instructor, 2005
  • Fibers in Paradise, Southern California Weavers Conference, Workshop Instructor, 2005
  • Escondido Weavers Guild, Lecturer, 2005
  • San Luis Obispo Weavers Guild Workshop, Workshop Instructor, 2005
  • Northern Colorado Weavers Guild, Juror & Workshop Instructor, 2005
  • Textile Center of Minnesota, Workshop Instructor, 2005
  • Midwest Weavers Conference, Lakeland, WI, Workshop Instructor, 2005

Selected Recent Solo Exhibitions

  • Sunderland Gallery, St. Cecilias Cathedral Arts Project,  Mountains and Ghosts: New Tapestries, Carpets & Prints, Omaha, 2013
  • Gallery 72, Mary Zicafoose: Tapestries, Carpets & Prints, Omaha, NE, 2013
  • Gallery 92 West, Grasslands: Tapestries, Carpets & Prints, Fremont, NE, 2012
  • Lauritzen Gardens, Mary Zicafoose: Tapestries in the Gardens, Omaha, NE, 2011
  • Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Grassland: New Tapestries & Prints, Omaha, NE, 2010
  • Weaving Southwest: Mary Zicafoose: Tapestries, Taos, NM, 2009
  • Museum of Nebraska Art, Mary Zicafoose: New Identities, Kearney, NE, 2009
  • San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, wrapped/unwrapped ikat tapestries: Mary Zicafoose,San Jose, CA, 2008
  • Anderson O’Brien Gallery, Omaha, NE, Mary Zicafoose: Selected Works in Cloth & Print, 2007
  • Shack Up Design, Bozeman, MT, New Work/New Dreams, 2006
  • The Light Box Gallery, Kansas City, MO, Tapestry: Wrapped/Unwrapped, 2006
  • Weaving Southwest, Taos, NM, Signs, Symbols and Codes, 2006
  • The Governors Mansion, Lincoln, NE, Fifteen Prints, 2005
  • The Native American Trading Co, Denver, CO, Out of Memory: New Tapestries, 2004
  • Emil Nelson Gallery, Denver, CO, Mary Zicafoose: Works on Paper, 2004
  • Thirteen Moons Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Mary Zicafoose: Wildfire, New Tapestries, 2004

Selected Recent Group Exhibitions

  • Interweaving Cultures: The Exhibition, Museo Textile de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2013
  • Fort Wayne Museum of Art, American Tapestry Biennial 9, Fort Wayne, IN, 2013
  • The Dairy Barn, American Tapestry Biennial 9, Athens, OH  2012
  • Nelson-Straecker Gallery, Personal Icons, Manhattan, KS, 2011
  • American Textile History Museum, American Tapestry Biennial Eight, Lowell, MA, 2011
  • Sioux City Arts Center, The Briar Cliff Review Exhibition, Sioux City, IA,  2011
  • Modern Arts Midwest, Transformed Traditions in Ikat, Lincoln, NE, 2010
  • 13th International Triennial of Tapestry, Lodz, Poland, 2010
  • Art St. Louis, Fiber Focus 2009, St. Louis, MO, 2009
  • Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, The American Tapestry Alliance Biennial 7 Exhibition, Louisville, KY, 2009
  • Sioux City Arts Center, 60th Juried Exhibition, Sioux City, IA,  2006
  • Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, Fiber Focus 2005, 2005
  • Zoller Gallery, State College, PA, Crafts National 39, 2005
  • Salem College Art Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC, The Fiber Arts Collective 2005, 2005
  • Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO, Fiber Celebrated 2005, 2005
  • Lincoln Center for the Arts, Fort Collins, CO, Christmas at Lincoln Center, 2004
  • The Dairy Barn, Boulder, CO, Inward Journeys: Living Traditions in Contemporary Rugs, 2004
  • The Phippen Art Museum, Prescott, AZ, Western Threads: Fiber Arts in the American West, 2003
  • Yavapai College Gallery, Prescott, AZ, Fiber Celebrated ’03, 2003
  • Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL, Fiber Fantasia, 2003

Selected Recent Publications & Interviews

  • “Mary Zicafoose: Designer Profile”, Omaha Home Magazine, March/April 2012
  • “Under the Influence of Ikat”, Textile Study Group of New York City, blog interview, Sept 2011
  • “Zicafoose Tapestries Expanding into More US Embassies”, Midlands Business Journal, March 18, 2011
  • "Speaking with the Text of Textile," American Craft, Dec 2008/Jan 2009
  • "Fiber Exhibitions by Barton, Jordan, McCain and Mary Zicafoose, Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, Fall 2008
  • “Mary Zicafoose: Weavings & Prints,” Fiber Arts, April/May 2008
  • “This Season Will Mesmerize You,” Omaha World Herald, September 13, 2008, One of Top Picks of the Season
  • “Weaving Community with Mary Zicafoose,” Weavecast: A Podcast for Handweavers

Recent Awards, Honors, Public Art Commissions & Residencies

  • United States Artist Fellowship Finalist, 2012
  • Alegent Hospitals 125th Anniversary Commission, Omaha, NE, 2012
  • The Briar Cliff Review, Sioux City Arts Center, Sioux City, IA, 2011 
  • Nebraska Arts Council, Merit Award, Individual Artist Fellowship Grant, 2011, 2007
  • The 13th International Triennial of Tapestry, Lodz, Poland, invited American artist, 2010
  • Art St. Louis, "Fiber Focus 2009", Distinguished Weaver, 2009
  • Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 5 month Artist-in-Residence, Omaha, NE, 2008
  • O! Outdoor Sculpture Project, Invited Artist, Omaha, NE, 2007
  • “Elements”, Environmental Sculpture Invitational, Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue, NE, 2007

Professional Affiliations

  • American Tapestry Alliance, Co-Director, Board of Directors 
  • GoodWeave USA, Board of Directors
  • The Union for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE, Board of Directors

Select Permanent Collections

  • Placement in 12 US Embassy Collections Abroad
  • Talinn, Estonia; Baku, Azerbaijan ; Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Bangui, Central African Republic; Quito, Ecuador; Accra, Ghana; Jakarta, Indonesia; Almaty, Kazakhstan; Vilnius, Lithuania; Bangkok, Thailand; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Sanaa, Yemen
  • United States Department of Fish & Wildlife, Washington, DC 
  • Mobil Corporation 
  • The Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE 
  • The Nebraska Arts Council, Omaha, NE
  • Tenaska Inc. Corporate Offices, Omaha, NE, Arlington, TX
  • Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
  • Alegent Hospitals, Omaha, NE
  • Frazier, Stryker, Omaha, NE
  • City of Omaha Parks Department, Omaha, NE

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