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Sheila Hicks (b. Hastings, Nebraska 1934) graduated with a BFA and MFA from Yale University. She was one of just three women to receive a bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Art in 1957. In May 2019 the artist received an honorary degree from Yale University. She lives and works in Paris, France.
Hicks participated in the 57th Venice Biennale, curated by Christine Macel (2017); the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016); Glasgow International (2016); Weaving & We, Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art (2016); Whitney Biennial (2014); and São Paulo Biennial (2012). The artist was awarded the Smithsonian Archives of American Art Medal in 2010 and was granted an Honorary Doctorate from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris in 2014.
In 2019, the artist had three major solo exhibitions: Campo Abierto (Open Field), The Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Seize, Weave Space, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas and Reencuentro, Museo Chileno de arte Precolombino, Santiago. Recent solo presentations include the major retrospective Lignes de Vie / Life Lines, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018), Sheila Hicks – Free Threads, Textile and its Pre-Columbian Roots, 1954-2017, Museo Amparo, Puebla (2017), Sheila Hicks: Apprentissages, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Musée Carnavalet and Nanterre-Amandiers, Paris (2016); Sheila Hicks: Material Voices, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha (2016); Sheila Hicks | Why Not, TextielMuseum, Tilburg (2016); Sheila Hicks, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2015); Foray into Chromatic Zones, Hayward
Gallery, London (2015); Pêcher dans La Rivière, Alison Jacques Gallery, London (2013); Sheila Hicks: 50 Years organised by the Addison Gallery, Andover, travelled to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2010/11) and the Mint Museum, Charlotte (2012); Sheila Hicks – Hors Normes, Sculptures Textiles, Passage de Retz, Paris, France (2010); and Sheila Hicks: Weaving as Metaphor, Bard Graduate Centre for Studies in Decorative Arts, Design and Culture, New York (2006).
Hicks has created monumental site-specific works for the Ford Foundation Headquarters and Federal Courthouse in New York; The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, North Carolina; King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Hicks has also produced installations for the Grande Rotonde at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2014-15) and as part of the outdoor exhibition Voyage d’hiver in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles (2017).
Hicks’ work is featured in a number of prominent collections including Tate Gallery, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago; Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The National Gallery, Washington D.C; Art Institute of Chicago; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; The Jewish Museum, New York; and the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska

Sheila Hicks: A Matter of Scale

Jrp Ringier, 2020

ISBN 978-3037645338

Sheila Hicks: Lignes De Vie / Lifelines

Centre Pompidou, 2018

ISBN 978-2844268150

Sheila Hicks: Apprentissages

Jrp Ringier, 2017

ISBN 978-3037644836

Sheila Hicks: Indeed

Foundation De 11 Lijnen, 2016

ISBN 9789079881420

Sheila Hicks: Pêcher dans la rivière

Alison Jaques Gallery, 2013

ISBN 978-00957226937

String Felt Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American art

Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010

ISBN 978-0816656097

Contemporary Feminist Studies & Its Relation to Art History & Visual Studies

Gothenburg: Acta Universitatis Gothenburgensis, University of Gothenburg Press, 2010, 12-31

ISBN 978-9173466479

Sheila Hicks: 50 Years

Yale University Press, 2010

ISBN 978-0300121643

Textiles et vanneries d’Afrique et d’Océanie de la collection Ghysels

Paris: Passage de Retz, 2007

Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century

New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, c. 2007

ISBN 978-0894679698

Sheila Hicks: Weaving as Metaphor (Bard Graduate Centre for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design & Culture)

Yale University Press, 2006

ISBN 978-0300116854

Sheila Hicks Soie & Ardoise, Petites Pieces

Trelaze, France: Anciennes écuries des Ardoisieres, 2005

ISBN 978-2950237132

. Crafting a Legacy: Contemporary American Crafts in the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art; New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2002

ISBN 978-0813532035

Epic Yarns

WSJ. Magazine. August 2019, text by Alice Cavanagh

Sheila Hicks

MoMa Magazine. December 2019

A Former High School Turned Art Museum Gives Way to Stunning Gallery Spaces

Architectural Digest. November 2019, text by Tim Nelson

Sheila Hick's Brillant, Original Textile art

Natioal Review. July 2019, text by Brian T. Allen

Sheila Hicks on her life and art

ArtForum. June 2019

How Sheila Hicks Changed the Way We Think About Sculpture

Frieze. April 2019, text by Glenn Adamson

The exhibitions worth travelling for in 2019

Vogue. January 2019, text by Hettie Judah

Sheila Hick's thrilling textiles are the antidote to our modern world

Wallpaper-Magazine Jaffa. November 2018, text by Jessica Klingelfuss

A 21st-Century Renaissance for Ford Foundation Landmark

New York Times. November 2018, text by Michael Kimmelman

Free Threads, The Textile and its Prehispanic Roots 1954-2017 & Lifelines

The Brooklyn Rail. April 2018, text by Grant Klarich Johnson

Sheila Hicks takes the Pompidou

The New Yorker. March 2018, text by Lauren Collins

Exposition La vie en couleurs de Sheila Hicks à Pompidou

Ideat. March 2018, text by Marie Godfrain

Disfrutan del arte textil

El popular. December 2017, text by Carlomagno Gonzales

The Artist Sheila Hicks Will Spin Her Threads on the High Line

The New York Times. May 2017, text by Hilarie M. Sheets

Fibre is my alphabet

Frieze n 169. March 2015

Sheila Hicks. Minimes: Small Woven Works

Fiherarts 35, no. 5 (April/May 2009): 58, text by Znamierowski Nell

Fabelhafte Faden

Architektur & Wohnen, June- July 2009. 51-52, text by Steinberg Claudia

Private Lives

New Republic (24 December 2008): 27-32, text by Perl Jed

Green Silk Forest: A Gift to the Institute

The Institute Letter (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey) (summer 2008): 13

Fun with Studio Crafts: When the Traditional Gets Quirky

New York Times (12 January 2007): E45(L)

Reinventing the Look (Even Smell) of a Book

International Herald Tribune (19 March 2007): 9, text by Rawsthorn Alice

High Fiber

Interior Design 77, no. 8 (June 2006): 47, text by Kellogg Craig

In the Woof and Warp of Miniatures, Interlocking Metaphors and Journeys

New York Times (4 September 2006): E3, text by Shattuck, Kathryn

Spinning Yarns

Architecture 95, no. 9 (September 2006): 42, text by Eakin Julie Sinclair

Oral History Interview with Sheila Hicks

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 3 February 2004, text by Levi-Strauss Monique

Pionnière entreprenante

Ateliers d’art (July-August 2004): 19

Oral History Interview with Sheila Hicks

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 18 March 2004, text by Zañartu Cristobal

Abakanowickz en/and Hicks

Stedelijk Museum Bulletin 5/6 (2003): 36-46, text by Heezen Henriette

Classification and Its Consequences: The Case of Fiber Art

American Art 16, no. 3 (autumn 2002): 2-9, text by Anther Elissa