Geraldine Craig

Professor of Art



Office: Willard 213

1979-80, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
1982, B.F.A. Textile Design, University of Kansas
1982, B.F.A. History of Art, University of Kansas
1989, M.F.A. Cranbrook Academy of Art


Geraldine Craig is an artist and writer whose research-based practice focuses on the intersections and relationships between textile history, theory or criticism, curatorial work, studio practice. Her response usually includes language.

Craig's creative work includes social practice. As the founder of The Earl Project (2018) - a community arts program for veterans/ soldiers that promotes creativity through burn-out art workshops and contributions to a community cloth - she received an Artistic Innovations Grant by Mid-America Arts Alliance & National Endowment for the Arts (2018-19) and KSU 2018 University Small Research Grant. She also completed a thirty-feet long mixed media art commission for the University of Kansas Medical School- Salina with Nelson Smith (2018). She's been selected as an International Artist-in-Residence for residencies in Thailand (2018) and Morocco (2016), and a Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs Individual Creative Artist Grant. Craig's work has been exhibited across the United States, and in Thailand, Morocco, England, Mexico, Japan. Craig's writing is formed by modes of knowing as a maker, with primary research interests contemporary art and craft and Hmong textiles, generating knowledge of craft practices marginalized in Western art history canons. She was the 2012-2013 Dorothy Liesky Wampler Eminent Professor, James Madison University, and 2014 International Fellow-in-Residence, at the Women's International Study Center, Acequia Madre House, Santa Fe, NM. She has presented at conferences throughout the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Denmark and Italy. Craig has written a monograph on sculptor Joan Livingstone (Telos: London), and published over ninety book chapters, catalog essays, articles and reviews in Art in America, Hmong Studies Journal, The Journal of Modern Craft, Surface Design Journal, and Sculpture, among others.

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Pulse, a commission for the University of Kansas School of Medicine, with Nelson Smith, 2018. See the complete work and statement at

A few recent publications include:

Craig, Geraldine, “Stitching Hmongness into Cloth: Pliable Identity and Cultural Agency” (8,500 word book chapter), Projects of Power: Hmong Women, Gender and Agency, Chia Youyee Vang, Faith Nibbs, and Ma Vang ed. University of Minnesota Press: Minneapolis, MN. (publication pending 2014)

Craig, Geraldine, “Witty Agents” (catalog essay) “Lia Cook, Weaving and Innovation: Digital Fibers Converse with Neural Networks,” Design Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Madison, February 1- April 6, 2013.

Craig, Geraldine, “Laos: Hmong” (book chapter), Encyclopedia of National Dress, Jill Condra ed. Greenwood Press: Westport, CT (2012): 416-425, 786.

Craig, Geraldine, “Neeg tawg rog: Linguistic consciousness in the Hmong diaspora,” Textiles & Politics, Textile Society of America 13th Biennial Symposium 2012 Conference Proceedings, published by TSA/ University of Nebraska-Lincoln On-Line Digital Commons. Paper 671, (2012): 1-10.

Craig, Geraldine, “Anne Wilson.” Grove Art On-line. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.

Craig, Geraldine, “A Safe Place to Play.” Surface Design Journal, vol. 35 no. 2 (Winter 2011): 12-17.

Craig, Geraldine, “Hmong Textiles and a History of Meaning” (book chapter),
Quilts Around the World: The Story of Quilting from Alabama to Zimbabwe, Spike Gillespie ed. Voyageur Press: Minneapolis, MN (2010): 169-173.

Craig, Geraldine, “Patterns of Change: Transitions in Hmong Textile Language” (4,000 word article), Hmong Studies Journal, (2010): Volume 11:1-48.
Craig, Geraldine, “Material Evidence: A Phenomenology of Matter,” Material Evidence exhibition catalog, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University (2010): 1-22.

Craig, Geraldine, “Political Craft,” The Journal of Modern Craft: London, vol. 2, no. 3, (2009): 359-362.

For Full CV, click HERE.