Voices of American Design Lecture: Jon Eric Riis, Contemporary Tapestry Artist

Woven in Satire–Potent Messages

Considered by many to be the nation’s leading contemporary tapestry artist, Jon Eric Riis creates artworks populated by figurative motifs that challenge ideas of beauty and mythology. His tapestries—recognized for both their provocative content and their stunning execution—are found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and recently The Textile Museum. Join the artist himself for a special lecture spanning works from his decades-long career.

This program is part of the Voices of American Design lecture series. Free for museum members and current GW students, faculty, and staff; $10 for the public. Advance registration is required; space is limited. Register online or call 202-994-7394.


Thursday, February 4, 2016



The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st Street, NW

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USA Fellows for 2011 Announced Today

Every year, we honor 50 of America’s finest artists with fellowship awards of $50,000 each. The new USA Fellows for 2011 represent some of the most innovative and diverse creative talents in the country. We invite you to meet them here .


Elena Manferdini
USA California Community
Foundation Fellow

J. Morgan Puett
USA Simon Fellow

Jenny E. Sabin
USA Knight Fellow

Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano
USA Booth Fellows

Mabel O. Wilson
USA Ford Fellow


Sonya Clark
USA Glasgow Fellow

Tom Joyce
USA Windgate Fellow

Beth Lipman
USA Berman Bloch Fellow

Jon Eric Riis
USA Windgate Fellow

Akio Takamori
USA Ford Fellow

Aaron Yakim
USA Ford Fellow

Tze Chun
USA Rockefeller Fellow

Steve James
USA Smith Fellow

John Jota Leaños
USA Friends Fellow

James Longley
USA Ford Fellow

Kara Oehler and Ann Heppermann
USA Rockefeller Fellows

Dee Rees
USA Knight Fellow

Kelly Reichardt
USA Tisch Fellow

Manuel Barrueco
USA Fontanals Fellow

Mary Ellen Childs
USA Friends Fellow

Lila Downs
Cummings Fellow

George Lewis
USA Walker Fellow

Sean Shepherd
USA Van Dusen Fellow

Sxip Shirey
USA Simon Fellow

Holcombe Waller
USA Berresford Fellow

Donald Byrd
USA James Baldwin Fellow

Nora Chipaumire
USA Ford Fellow

Michelle Ellsworth
USA Knight Fellow

John Jasperse
USA Brooks Hopkins Fellow

Liz Lerman
USA Ford Fellow

Lar Lubovitch
USA Ford Fellow


USA Friends Fellow

Annie Baker
USA Collins Fellow

Terrance Hayes
USA Zell Fellow

Campbell McGrath
USA Knight Fellow

A. E. Stallings
USA Rockefeller Fellow

Karen Tei Yamashita
USA Ford Fellow

Lee Breuer
USA Ford Fellow

John Collins
USA Donnelley Fellow

Teresa Hernández
USA Rolón Fellow

Nancy Keystone
USA Hoi Fellow

Kirk Lynn
USA Jeanne and Michael Klein Fellow

Octavio Solis
USA Ford Fellow

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle
USA Guthman Fellow

Lorraine O’Grady
USA Rockefeller Fellow

John Outterbridge
USA Gracie Fellow


USA Oliver Fellow

Carolee Schneemann
USA Rockefeller Fellow

Roger Shimomura
USA Ford Fellow

Mike Smith
USA Lowe Fellow

About USA Fellows

United States Artists (USA) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to investing in America's finest artists and to illuminating the value of artists to society. Through the USA Fellows program, $15 million has been awarded directly to outstanding artists across the country in the last six years. Learn more

United States Artists 5757
Wilshire Blvd., Suite 580, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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The Opulent Object in Wood, Metal, and Fiber.


The Opulent Object in Wood, Metal, and Fiber:  Jon Eric Riis, Mike Harrison, and Richard Mafong.
Photograph by Susan Sanders.

Join Us for a Artist-Led Gallery Tour of The Opulent Object in Wood, Metal, and Fiber on October 27


 MODA is open late on Thursday evenings and we invite you to join us between 6pm and 8pm for our hip and happening Drink in Design events.


On the evening of Thursday, October 27, artists Jon Riis and Richard Mafong – artists showcased in The Opulent Object in Wood, Metal, and Fiber: Jon Eric Riis, Mike Harrison, and Richard Mafong – will discuss their work and their design processes in a gallery talk beginning at 7pm.


Just purchase a regular admission ticket and you’ll be treated to a tour of this extraordinary exhibition and a free drink!  


Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, and $5 for students and children over 5. Members are free and drinks are complimentary.


campMODA 2011.  Photograph by Marlene Hawthrone Thomas.


 Sign Up Now!  Space is Limited!


LEGO Robotics campMODA: New Dates Announced for Winter 2011 and Spring 2012


Want your child to do something unique and absolutely cool?


How about building and designing robots using LEGOs?


At campMODA, students 6-12 years old learn basic robotic engineering, programming principals, and science, technology, engineering and math concepts while having fun!


Your child’s natural curiosity and ingenuity will help them envision possibilities and develop innovative solutions to difficult technology problems.


Fall 2011 campMODA sessions will be held on the following Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm:

  • October 22   
  • November 5 and 12 
  • December 3 and 10
  • January 14 and 21
  • February 11 and 18
  • March 10 and 17
  • April 14 and 21

Campers must enroll for two Saturday sessions in order to get maximum robotics experience.  Total cost for 2 sessions is $165, which includes a $15 non-refundable registration fee and two camp sessions at $75 each.


For more information, click here. 
And check out this awesome video of a LEGO robot created and programmed by a camper in a summer campMODA session!


Museum of Design Atlanta Presents: Camp MODA 2011

Museum of Design Atlanta Presents: Camp MODA 2011


Design Conversation

Tuesday, October 25 

Design Conversation:  

Quilt Stories by the Savannah College of Art and Design


MODA is pleased to announce that on the evening of Tuesday, October 25, SCAD-Atlanta faculty and students will be featured in our monthly Design Conversation.  They will be talking about their Quilt Stories project, which narrates the lives of individuals memorialized in the AIDS Memorial Quilt — select panels of which are now on display at MODA. 


Founded in 1987, The Quilt is a poignant memorial, a powerful tool for use in preventing new HIV infections, and the largest ongoing community arts project in the world.  Each section of The AIDS Memorial Quilt measures approximately twelve feet square, and a typical block consists of eight individual three foot by six foot panels sewn together.  Virtually every one of the more than 40,000 colorful panels that make up the Quilt pays tribute to the life of a person lost to AIDS.


Quilt Stories in an ongoing project that showcases the stories behind those panels. With the cooperation and assistance of the NAMES Project (the custodian of the AIDS Memorial Quilt), select graduate and undergraduate students in SCAD-Atlanta’s writing program research, write, and produce these compelling audio stories which are distributed by means of an app for the Apple iPhone, iTouch, and iPad.


Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, and $5 for students and children over 5. Members are free and drinks are complimentary.



MODA is located at 1315 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.


Hours of Admission:

10-5 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays

10-8 on Thursdays

12-5 on Sundays


$10:  Adult admission

$5:    Children 6-17 years

$5:    Students (with valid student id’s)

$8:    Seniors and military

MODA members receive complimentary admission

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