DEBORAH CARLSON: Biography
Deborah Frazee Carlson has been awarded a National Endowment Visual Arts Fellowship, Ohio Arts Council's Artist Fellowship Grant and Artist's Project Grant, the Michigan Council for the Arts Individual Artist's Grant and six Flower Faculty Development Grant for New Technologies from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Carlson earned her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and her BFA, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Carlson joined the Artisanry faculty at UMass Dartmouth in 2009, where she is Professor of Textile Design/Fiber, and is currently a Service Learning Fellow.
Prior to coming to UMass Dartmouth, she was a Professor in the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She has taught at the University of Washington, Seattle, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Center for Creative Studies, Wayne State University, and Eastern Michigan University. She has also taught at Arrowmont Schools of Arts and Crafts1991, 1994, 2001.
Major exhibitions where her work has been shown are Elements: Matter, Body, Mind, Spirit, SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OH; Miniatures, Helen Drutt Gallery and the Museum of Art and Design, Helsinki Finland; Digital Weaving, University of Kansas Art and Design Gallery, and the Ford Gallery, Eastern Michigan University; Transcending Traditions, Ohio Artists in Clay and Fiber, the Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH, Southern Ohio Museum, and Kent State University art Gallery; Daegu International Textile Exchange Exhibition, Daegu, Korea; the Robert Pfannebecker Collection, Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Textile as Narrative, ARC Gallery, Chicago, Il; Facets of Fiber, Fine Arts Gallery, Texas Women's University, Denton, Texas; Deborah Carlson and Lou Cabeen, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, Il; State of the Art, Loveland Museum, Loveland, CO.
She has also worked in community based projects, outside of the traditional gallery, such as the Banner Project at the Rainey Institute, Cleveland, OH; Adopt- a- Room at the Akron Battered Women's Shelter, Akron, OH; and Tsunami Silk: Kerala, India to Cleveland, Ohio. Collaborative projects include work in the Global Rivers Exchange: artists on the Volga, Volta, and Cuyahoga Rivers; and the Birth Project with Judy Chicago.