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Visiting Scholar Susan Neill presents lecture at the Whittenberger Auditorium & IUCA+D-C

Susan NeillThe Department of Apparel Merchandising & Interior Design and the Sage Collection present a lecture by visiting scholar Susan Neill entitled The Texture of Ideas: Dynamic Symmetry in the Handwoven Textiles of Mary Crovatt Hambidge on Tuesday November 15th at 4:00 pm in the Whittenberger Auditorium at the Indiana Memorial Union. Ms. Neill’s lecture will be presented again at the Indiana University Center for Art + Design Columbus, located at 310 Jackson Street in downtown Columbus on Wednesday November 16th at 5:00 pm.  Ms. Neill’s visit is funded by the Bill Blass Fashion Design Seminar Series. Admission is open to the public.

As Vice President of Collections and Exhibitions at the Atlanta History Center, Susan Neill oversees curatorial functions, collections, exhibitions, and three historic houses.  She also serves as the Curator of Textiles and Social History, a collection comprised of more than 10,000 textiles, clothing, and personal accessories.

In 2003, Neill curated the Center’s award-winning exhibition Gone with the Girdle: Freedom, Restraint & Power in Women’s Dress, which featured sixty-five mannequins, along with a host of accessories, images, and accounts from women in their own words.  Soon after, she co-authored a related book of historic photographs called “Women in Atlanta” with Staci Catron-Sullivan.  Currently, Neill is researching handwoven textiles by Mary Crovatt Hambidge and her north Georgia workshop, the Weavers of Rabun.

Before joining the Center’s staff in 1999, she spent two years as the Hope B. McCormick Costume Fellow at the Chicago Historical Society, where she developed exhibitions featuring twentieth-century designer fashions.  While earning an M.A. in cultural anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Neill worked with a collection of textiles from around the globe.  She has presented her research at numerous professional conferences and serves on the board of the Costume Society of America.