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June 14 – July 30, 2021

The Charles W. and Norma C. Carroll Gallery
Marshall University
927 3rd Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701

FUTURE TENSE 2021 celebrates the creative work of student artists, designers, and makers working with or inspired by fiber or textile materials or techniques. This exhibition offers a glimpse into the future of contemporary fibers by presenting the very best work being made by students in the field today.


MIYUKI AKAI COOK, Associate Professor of Fibers at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.
ANN CODDINGTON, Professor of Art and Graduate Coordinator at Eastern Illinois.


From tiny pedestal works to room-sized installations, from contemporary practices to ancient ones, the scope and range of submissions made the selection of only 38 pieces out of 200+ artworks a significant challenge.

Events of this past year have been life-altering for us all. This was revealed by entries that expressed ideas ranging from depression to delight, from anxiety to meditation, belonging to schism, and all things in between. We believe that using our hands to create physical objects is a healthy, often therapeutic way of processing thoughts, passing time, reifying the ineffable and communicating ideas. This is what we do as artists; how we absorb, distill and comment on our world, our time, how we push humanity forward.


  • First Place, Andrew Hilts
  • Second Place, Kate Sechrist
  • Third Place, Paulina Feunzalida-Guzman
  • Award of Excellence, Kat Sours

  • Recording of Reception and Artist Presentations