Professor Emerita, Design
Victoria Z. Rivers is engaged in textiles research ranging from the producing and exhibiting of dyed and embellished textile artworks to researching and publishing subjects on South and Southeast Asian textiles, to curating exhibitions.She has been the recipient of an NEA Visual Artist’s Fellowship, a Council for the International Exchange of Scholars Indo-American Fellowship for research in India, and was a cultural ambassador through the U.S.Department of State, Artists in the Embassies program in conjunction with her work in an exhibition at the U.S.Embassy in Accra, Ghana, where she lectured and taught workshops in Nov. 2003.
Solo exhibitions include b.sakata garo (June, 2004); The National Museum, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, (March 20-April 20, 2005); and the Reed Whipple Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada, (Aug. 19-Oct. 2, 2005). She curated the exhibition “Southeast Asian Baskets: Ethnobotany, Agriculture and Design” in the Design Museum at UC Davis. Rivers authored the book, The Shining Cloth: Dress and Adornment that Glitter (London-New York: Thames and Hudson, 1999; paperback ed., 2003); recent publications include a chapter on South Asia in Encyclopedia of Clothing and Dress (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2004); a paper “Culture on a Platter: Politicization of Central Asian Ikat Patterns” in the Textile Society of America Proceedings, 2005; and her keynote address entitled “From Nature to the Unnatural: Evolving Changes in Shining Cloth,” which was published in Proceedings of the World Eco Fiber and Textiles Symposium on Surface and Embellishment Kuching, Sarawak, East Malaysia, Sept. 19-21, 2003; Solo show, Southern Yangtze University, Wuxi, China, November, 2006.
See links to learning units, Shining Cloth and Spirit Houses, Shrines & Altars.