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Kozlowski to give a lecture on textiles as it relates to the women's labor movement

Feb 28, 2018
by Jordan Puyear, '17

Flagler College welcomes Independent Curator Elizabeth Kozlowski for her lecture, "Woman Against the Machine," on March 7 at 6 p.m. in the Gamache Koger Theatre in the Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St. Kozlowski's lecture will investigate the industrialization of textiles; its relationship to the development of the labor movement in the United States; and its enduring influence on the field of contemporary fiber arts.

Women in the 20th century disrupted newly formed definitions of the designer and craftsperson, implementing traditional fiber processes to jumpstart the industrialization of textiles. Kozlowski will present the view of contemporary fiber arts as a marriage between the gendered division of labor, and its relationship to traditional weaving practices, design and industrialization. 

Kozlowski has a Master's in Museum Studies from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a concentration in ceramics, from Florida Atlantic University. For the past 13 years, she has held a senior position in numerous non-profit arts organizations across the South and West. Combining her passion for textiles and contemporary scholarship, Kozlowski currently serves as the editor for the quarterly journal, Surface Design. Her most recent project, "Craft as Social Practice," aims to create real time social change within the state of Florida. This exhibition will debut at the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, in 2019.

Kozlowski has organized several national traveling exhibitions including "The WildLIFE Project" with Wendy Maruyama and "Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft" with the Arizona State University Art Museum. Kozlowski is the recipient of numerous curatorial residencies and travel grants including the 2017 Windgate ITE International Scholar in Residence at the Center for Art and Wood, Philadelphia and the Danish Arts Foundation International Research Grant in 2015 and 2017 respectively.

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