Piper Shepard BFA '85 (Fibers)
Piper Shepard is a faculty member in the Fibers department at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she has taught since 1994. Her work has been exhibited widely within the United States and in Europe. It has been shown in the Helen Drutt Gallery and the Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Delaware Art Museum; the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; the Textile Art Centre, Chicago; the Museum of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland; and the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham, England. Her work has been featured in Fiber Arts magazine, Surface Design Journaland American Craft magazine, and Telos Press has published a monograph on her work. Shepard has received four Individual Artists Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council in Crafts. She holds a BFA in Fibers from UArts and an MFA in Fiber from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Shepard received a 2015 Silver Star Alumni Award at the University's 137th Commencement ceremony.
Warren Seelig lives and works in Rockland, Maine. He holds the rank of distinguished visiting professor in the Craft/Fibers program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he teaches, curates and writes on various subjects related to fiber, textiles and material studies. He received a BS from the Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science and an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Seelig has twice received individual fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and three fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His work has been included in more than 30 major museum exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan and Korea, with many solo and group exhibitions worldwide. He has lectured extensively, including for programs at the Korea National University of the Arts, the Gerritt Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and the Royal College of Art in London. He has written extensively for American Craft, Fiber Arts, Surface Design Journal, Textileforum and Nouvel Objet. His work is in the collections of museums, colleges and private and corporate collections. Seelig is a regular visiting critic at the Rhode Island School of Design and is a mentor in the graduate program at Maine College of Art. He was elected a fellow of the American Crafts Council and is a member of its board. A major retrospective of his work was shown last year at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.