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FUAM – Family Day: Fantastical Fibers @ Bellarmine Hall, Museum classroom (LL105)
Feb 18 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries’ museum classroom for arts & crafts designed for ages 4-10. Children will learn about various weaving techniques, inspired by the exhibition Norma Minkowitz: Body to Soul, on view in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries January 27 – April 6, 2023.

Activities will include:

  • Weaving with looms
  • Making 3D vessels out of string
  • Making collages
  • Gallery activities

Please note: This event is in-person only. Space is limited. If you are unable to attend, please let us know via email: [email protected]

Ticket options: Space is limited–please select Session 1 OR Session 2 and register with how many children are attending. Example: 1 ticket=1 child.

Video tutorials are available via email request.


About the exhibition: Norma Minkowitz: Body to Soul is a solo exhibition surveying the artist’s four-decade engagement with the physical and symbolic properties of thread. Minkowitz reinvents traditional needlework by crocheting fantastical forms, coating them in resin and shellac to create rigid sculptures and hangings. The delicate, mesh-like surfaces of her artworks break down oppositions between soft and hard, inside and outside, body and soul.

The poetic title Body to Soul  is borrowed from just one of the sculptures that will be on view, but it is a broader theme that reverberates across the exhibition’s selection of over thirty vessels, sculptures, wall hangings, wearables, and works on paper – including never-before-seen examples coming from the artist’s studio.

Norma Minkowitz lives and works in Connecticut. Her work is represented in private and public collections across the United States and internationally. She is unique among fiber artists creating hard sculptures from soft materials, and for using thread to invoke universal themes of mortality, memory, nature, and writing. The exhibition is guest curated by Sarah Parrish PhD., Assistant Professor of Art History at Plymouth State University, New Hampshire.