Also in December, the gallery is honored to exhibit the handwoven tapestries of Judith Poxson Fawkes in “Judith Poxson Fawkes: A Memorial Exhibition.” A much-admired weaver and teacher, Fawkes passed away June of this year, after a career as a tapestry artist that spanned five decades. A student of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Poxson Fawkes is well known for her linen inlay, double-weave, and pattern weave tapestries, which she has been exhibiting since the 1960s. Her execution of color, overlapping shapes, and interwoven forms demonstrate Poxson Fawkes’s mastery in dynamic color relationships, pattern, repetition, and narrative.
Originally from Michigan, Judith Poxson Fawkes lived and worked in Portland, OR since 1972. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1965 and has exhibited her tapestries nationally since the 1960s. Her work is in numerous collections including: the American Crafts Museum, NY; City of Seattle; Clark College, Vancouver, WA; Greenville County Museum of Art, SC; Knight Library, University of Oregon, Eugene; and Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. She has completed numerous commissions including work for the Aurora Municipal Center, CO; Knoxville Convention Center, TN; St. Helena Hospital, Deer Park, CA; PERS: Public Employee’s Retirement System, Portland, OR; Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Court House, Portland, OR; Tigard Library in Tigard, OR, and Stoller Vineyards in Dayton, OR. In recent years, her work was included in Thread of Life, an exhibition featuring national textile artists at the Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University in Tallahassee.